Thursday , 21 October 2021

Culture

Two Italian Stage Directors Decide To Stay Away From Iran Government Festival

Radiofarda – Two prominent Italian stage directors have decided not to participate in the Islamic Republic’s annual Fajr Theater Festival, after Iranian artists urged them to stay away. A poster of FAJR international theater festival showcasing Romeo Castellucci (L) and Eugenio Barba Italian stage directors. FILE photo The organizers of the 38th Fajr Festival confirmed Sunday, January 19, that the …

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Iran Film, Theater, Music Artists, Broadcasters Boycott State TV, Festivals

PayvandNews – An increasing number of Iranian filmmakers, performing artists, and musicians have been boycotting an annual state sponsored festival as Iran is overwhelmed by a new wave of protests during the past days. Meanwhile several presenters and actors have left the state TV in protest to the downing of a civilian passenger aircraft that claimed 176 lives and the …

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2020: Millennium of Persian Poet Ferdowsi

PayvandNews – Anniversaries are important; they celebrate legacies and signify presence and continuity. This year, 2020, marks the 1000th anniversary of Ferdowsi’s death. This renowned Persian poet died at age 81 in 1020, more than five centuries before Shakespeare was born. Ferdowsi has not only endured for a thousand years but has also defined the very identity and language of his …

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Pentagon Says Will Not Violate Law Of War Amid Alarm Over Trump’s Threat

RFL/RE – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has strongly indicated that the U.S. military will not fire on Iranian cultural sites, targets that President Donald Trump had threatened to strike.“We will follow the laws of armed conflict,” Esper said during a briefing at the Pentagon. When asked if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said pointedly, “That’s the laws …

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Shahla Riahi, Actress and Iran’s First Female Director, Dies at 92

PayvandNews – Veteran Iranian theater, cinema and television actress, Shahla Riahi, who was also the county’s first female director, has passed away at the age of 92. Shahla Riahi: 1927-2019 Riahi’s son confirmed to IRNA news agency that his mother had died on Tuesday night.Born in Tehran on February 7, 1927, Shahla Riahi, whose real name was Ghodratzaman Vafadoost, began her …

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Yalda Night: Iranians celebrate winter solstice tonight!

PayvandNews – A new Yalda Night is approaching the hearts of Iranians no matter which part of the globe they live. On that graceful night the winter chill is vanquished and the warmth of love embraces the entire family. The last evening of autumn and the beginning of winter is a ceremonious, auspicious time for Iranians and lovers of Iranian traditions everywhere …

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Quran manuscript a ‘blessing’ for an Iranian Kurdish village

Al-Monitor – “Without this Quran manuscript, darkness would prevail and bitterness would replace blessing,” said Tawfiq, who has spent his entire life in Negel, a Sunni Muslim village of some 4,000 residents in Iran’s Kurdistan province. Sitting at a high altitude overlooking a deep valley less than 60 miles from the Iraqi border, Negel connects the provincial capital of Sanandaj to the border …

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Novelist Declines Award To Express Sympathy For Iran Protest Victims

Radiofarda – An award-winning Iranian novelist, Roqiyeh (Roghieh) Kabiri has declined a prize to protest deadly suppression of protesters in Iran in November that left hundreds dead. In an open letter to the Iranian Youth Cinema Society, (IYCS) and the Foundation of Iranian Literature and Story, Ms. Kabiri has noted, “Following the events that made many people of my country …

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Rap Song Blasting Regime Brutality Becomes Hugely Popular

Radiofarda – A rap song by dissident Iranian rapper Hichkas (Nobody) released on the Internet on December 10 in commemoration of November protests in Iran has become so popular that lines from its lyrics are now widely quoted by social media users. Soroush Lashkari a pioneer in Iranian rap is known as Hichkas. File photo In three days more than …

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Interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: Iranian Art in the Shadow of a Crackdown

Interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: Iranian Art in the Shadow of a Crackdown CHRI – Violent state repression of protests in Iran is not unique, yet the lethal means government forces used to repress recent protests that broke out across dozens of cities reached new heights this year, resulting in at least 208 deaths between November 15, 2019, and December 2, according …

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