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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A recently-established ensemble named Baroque will give its debut performance at Tehran’s Rudaki Hall on Thursday.
     
    A repertoire of pieces by Dario Castello, Marco Uccellini and several other renowned musicians will be performed at the concert entitled “Affettuoso”.
     
    Reza Asgarzadeh, Aidin Ahmadinejad, Aidin Monem, Purya Kiani, Amir Hossein Noruz Nasseri and Farhud Biglarbeigi are the members of the ensemble, which is scheduled to repeat the concert at the hall on Friday night.
     

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    TEHRAN – The Honolulu Museum of Art will screen Iranian director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi’s family drama “A Cube of Sugar” on September 6, 9 and 11.
     
    In “A Cube of Sugar”, members of a large family come together in a happy friendly atmosphere to make preparations for their youngest sister’s engagement party. However, a series of bad news ruins everything that was planned.
     

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    TEHRAN – Over 800 works have been submitted to the 3rd International Biennial of Calligraphy, which will be held in Qazvin from August 28 to September 2.
     
    A total of 400 works in nastaliq, shekasteh-nastaliq, and naskh and thulth will be showcased at the biennial. 
     

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    TEHRAN –
    The Iranian pop singer Behnam Safavi will give a concert in Toronto on September 26.
     
    He is scheduled to perform songs from his latest album “Extraordinary” during the concert.
     
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    TEHRAN – Tajik Persian language scholar Mohammad-Jan Shakuri Bokharaii (1925-2012) was commemorated during a ceremony in Tehran on Monday.
     
    A large number of scholars and literati attended the ceremony, which was organized by the Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Academy of Persian Language and Literature Director Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said that Shakuri believed the Persian language is the pillar of Tajikistan’s national identity and spent his whole life on promotion of the language in his country.
     
    He said that Shakuri was a member of the academy and it was the duty of the academy to honor Shakuri, adding that the academy will also organize a ceremony on its part in the future.
     
    “Shakuri had more relations with Iran and the academy as compared to other Tajik scholars, and we used to meet each other whenever he came to Iran or I went to Tajikistan,” he added.
     
    “Shakuri was a respected man. If the Persian language is still alive and spoken in Tajikistan, it is because he helped revive Persian in Tajikistan,” Haddad-Adel stated.
     
    Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries Director Mehdi Mohaqeq also made a brief speech at the ceremony and said that the society aims to remember those who serve and promote the Persian language outside of Iran. 
     
    Shakuri was author of over 40 books and 500 articles on Persian literature. He had passed the legal ownership of his books over to the Iranian Academy of Persian Language and Literature according to his last will and testament.
     
    He was honored at Iran’s Eternal Figures Gathering in 2005 for his achievements in Persian literature.
     
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    TEHRAN –
    An exhibition of unique hand-woven carpets by Iranian carpet designer and weaver Razi Miri opened at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) on Monday.
     
    The Japanese ambassador to Tehran, Koji Haneda, and German expert in Persian carpets Peter Renz attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit entitled “Scenes of Persian Paradise, an Odyssey of Warp and Weft”, the IAF announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    “I held an exhibit at the forum last year, however this exhibit is a larger one accompanied with a series of workshops and seminars,” Razi Miri said during the ceremony.
     
    “Peter Renz has been cooperating with us for about 40 years. He has held several exhibits in Germany and has only concentrated on Persian rugs,” Miri added.
     
    The Miri family began to produce carpets in 1989 and has always been seeking designs and colors which had gone into oblivion, Renz said at the ceremony.
     
    The family has tried to produce carpets of higher quality to prevent Persian carpets from ruination, and these carpets are highly praised by experts and collectors, Renz added.
     
    The exhibit has been divided into six scenes; Miri’s creations and antique pieces are on display in two galleries of the forum.
     
    “The Knot”, an exhibition of paintings portraying women weaving carpets by Nazanin Miri has also been put on show.
     
    A group exhibition of photos featuring life, carpets and people taken by the Miri brothers, a seminar and three documentaries about Persian carpets have also been arranged in different sections of the exhibit, which runs until August 30 at the forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
    Photo: IAF Director Majid Sarsangi (R) and Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda (L) visit an exhibition of Persian carpets entitled “Scenes of Persian Paradise, an Odyssey of Warp and Weft” in Tehran on August 25, 2014. (IAF/Leila Ebrahimi) 
     
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  • 08/30/14--00:53: Art news in brief
  • IAF holding Krzysztof Kieslowski retrospective
    TEHRAN – A retrospective of Polish director and screenwriter Krzysztof Kieslowski will open at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) today.
     
    Entitled “Cinema of Poland: Krzysztof Kieslowski”, the event is organized by the Iran-Poland Friendship Association.
     
    Iranian filmmaker Khosro Sinaii along with experts Javad Fendereski and Alireza Dolatshahi will hold a discussion panel during the retrospective.
     
     
    Official of Iran’s Book City Institute visits Turkish cultural institution

    TEHRAN – The Deputy Director of Iran’s Book City Institute, Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani, visited the Atatürk Culture, Language and History Institution in Ankara on Wednesday.
     
    He also met Atatürk Institution Director Derya Örs and they discussed the expansion of relations.
     

    Iranian, Turkish universities sign MOU

    TEHRAN – Iran’s University of Mohaghegh Ardabili in Ardabil and the Hacettepe University, a major state university in Ankara, have signed a memorandum of understanding.
     
    The agreement will focus on research, technical and cultural exchanges between the universities, IRNA reported on Thursday.
     
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  • 08/30/14--00:58: What’s in art galleries
  • Graphic design
     
    * The Etemad Gallery 2 is hosting an exhibition of graphic designs by Ali Zaeim.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 9 at the gallery located at 4 Bukan St., off Sadeqi Qomi Ave., Bahonar Sq. in the Niavaran district.

     
    Photo 
     
    * Photos by Hamid Janipur and Ruzbeh Ruzbehani, which provide reflections of their recent trip to Istanbul, are currently on display in an exhibition at the Mehrva Gallery.
     
    The gallery can be found at 38 South Aban St. off Karim Khan Ave.
     
     
    Painting
     
    * A group exhibition of paintings is currently underway at the Arte Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 8 at the gallery located at No. 3, Golestan St, off Alikhan Blvd., Kordestan Highway after the Hemmat intersection.
     
    * Paintings by Nassim Taqipur are on display in a showcase at the Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 3 at the gallery at 41 Salmas Square, off Fatemi St.
     
    * The Jorjani Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Hamid Shams.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 8 at the gallery located at No.4, Khayyam Alley, above the Park Way Intersection, off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * Paintings by Hamidreza Mohseni are on display in an exhibition at the Sareban Gallery, which runs until September 8.
     
    The gallery is located at 8 Mehmandust St., off Shahid Beheshti Ave.
     
    * The Homa Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Saleh Sharifi.
     
    The showcase runs until September 9 at the gallery, which can be found at No. 8, 4th Gharbi Alley, off Sanaii St., and Karim Khan Blvd.
     
    * Paintings by Khosro Hassanzadeh are on display during a showcase at the Aun Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 21 at the gallery No. 40, Seoul St., off Vanak Ave.
     
     
    Drawing 
     
    * The Afrand Gallery is hosting a group exhibition of drawings.
     
    Artworks by Gelareh Ehtiati, Zeinab Hariri, Sepideh Saburi, Hamideh Baqerpur and other artists are on display at the showcase.
     
    The gallery is located at No. 48, Jalal Hosseini St., off Jahanara Ave, in the Yusefabad District.
     
     
    Jewelry
     
    * Jewelry created by Reihaneh Raii is on display during an exhibition at the Golestan Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until September 3 at the gallery located at 42 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
     
    Bas-relief 
     
    * Clay bas-reliefs featuring Persian calligraphy works by Jalal Habibi are on display during an exhibition at the Shokuh Gallery.
     
    The showcase runs until September 3 at the gallery located at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St. near Andarzgu Blvd.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian expert Hossein Najjarzadegan has begun the restoration of a large collection of rare paintings preserved in Iran’s Majlis Library, Museum and Documentation Center.
     
    “The tableaus are not preserved in a standard situation, and light, heat, biology and chemical changes have caused damage over the past years,” Najjarzadegan told the Persian service of CHN reported on Thursday.
     
    Najjarzadegan has studied in the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome. He has collaborated with museums in Italy, Russia, Belgium, France, and several other countries.
     
    “Part of the damage has been caused by the varnish used carelessly on the artworks,” he stated.
     
    The collection of the museum contains a valuable painting, which was created in 1800, as well as an old miniature painting, he added.
     
    The restoration of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a mother church in Assisi, Italy, and the historic Palatine Hill in Rome are among his credits.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad criticized the U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran during a press conference for her latest film “Tales” at the 71st International Venice Film Festival on Thursday.
     
    She said that the embargos “actually penalized the people in the country,” AP reported.
     
    Children with cancer and those who are suffering from very severe diseases like multiple sclerosis are the main target of the sanctions, she added and asked the West to lift the embargos.
     
    The main members of the cast for “Tales”, Habib Rezaii and Peyman Moadi also accompanied Bani-Etemad in her trip to Venice.
     
    The film features mostly female characters from Banietemad’s previous works, people who represent different layers of Iranian society.
     
    It is competing with nine other films for the Venice Golden Lion in the International competition section. 
     
    Photo: Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad poses for photographers at the photo call for her “Tales” during the 71st edition of the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on August 28, 2014. (AP/David Azia)
     
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    TEHRAN – Austrian filmmaker Andreas Prochaska’s “Sarajevo”, a TV movie about the assassination of archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand that led to the outbreak of World War I, has won three awards in the international competition section of the Second Jasmine International Video Film Festival. 
     
    “Sarajevo” also was crowned best film and Prochaska was presented with the best director award during the closing ceremony of the festival, which was held in the northern Iranian city of Amol on Thursday.
     
    In addition, the film gained the best actor award for Florian Teichtmeister.
     
    Iranian actress Rabee Madani received the best actress award for her role in “Green like Emerald” by director Ruhollah Hejazi, while Hejazi won the best artistic and technical achievement award in this section.
     
    The special jury award was given to director Hamidreza Qorbani for his “Three Fish”.
     
    “Three Fish” received more awards in several categories of the national section, including best director, best editing, and best sound recording.
     
    In the national section, Hassan Akhundpur, Rauf Dashti and Ali Hataminejad shared the best screenplay award for “Angel”, while Davud Rahmani and Mahbubeh Soltani shared the best stage and costume design award for “Angel”.
     
    The closing ceremony was accompanied with a short speech delivered by director of the Cinema Organization of Iran Hojjatollah Ayyubi.
     
    “We have always tried to speak with the people across the world through the language of art, and today we are honored to say that we are one of the few countries in the Middle East that speaks the language of cinema,” he said.
     
    “Cinema is a good opportunity and we need to provide the facilities for all those who make films despite all its difficulties.
     
    “We must believe that this cinema needs to be supported and we must know that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is interested in cinema and watches films and reads screenplays, and that he is a big supporter of Iran’s cinema,” he added.
     
    The second edition of the festival ran in Tehran and Amol from August 23 to 28.
     
    Photo: Florian Teichtmeister (L) and Martin Leutgeb act in a scene from “Sarajevo”.
     
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    TEHRAN – A large number of Iranian voice actors who had lent their voices to the major characters of “The Message”, Moustapha Akkad’s epic about the birth of Islam, were honored during a ceremony at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) on Thursday.
     
    Nasser Medqalchi, who had lent his voice to Michael Ansara as Abu Sufyan, Manuchehr Esmaeili (Anthony Quinn as Hamza), Jalal Maqami (Andre Morell as Abu Talib), Siamak Atlasi (George Camiller as Al-Waleed), and Mohammad-Ali Dibaj (Earl Cameron as Al-Najashi) were among the voice actors who were honored.
     
    Tributes were also paid to Persian translator of the film script Hossein Shayegan and Moustapha Akkad’s advisor Hamid Mojtahedi, the IAF announced in a press release on Friday.
     
    IAF director Majid Sarsangi made brief remarks at the ceremony and called dubbing in Iran a type of new writing and recreation of the film’s original language.
     
    The dubbing directors of Iran have in depth knowledge of the Persian language and are able to choose the just right words that are closest to the language of the film, and they have created enduring dubbings over the past years, he added.
     
     
    “Dubbing of this film was done with the full cooperation of friends and colleagues. It took days and nights to find and select the proper dubbers for the right characters,” Esmaili said in his short speech on stage.
     
    Jalal Maqami also on stage called dubbing of the film a different experience. “This film for those of us who are Muslims was something different,” he said.
     
    Produced in 1977, the well done historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of Prophet Muhammad (S).
     
    Part of the film was screened for the participants along with the voice of the deceased voice actors of the project including Azar Daneshi, Parviz Narenjiha and Hossein Memarzadeh.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Stage director Mikaeil Shahrestani plans to stage seven tableaux based on seven works by acclaimed Iranian playwright Akbar Radi at the Chaharsu Hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex from October 10.
     
    “Glorious Smile of Mr. Gil”, “Slowly with the Rose”, “Death in Autumn”, “Blue Hole” and “Night on Wet Pavement” and two other plays will be used in the tableaux, he told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Homa Alizadeh will collaborate as co-director to arrange the tableaux, which will be performed with a cast of 20 actors, he added.
     
    Esmaeil Bakhtiari, Abbas Shadravan, Shamsi Sadeqi, Qorban Najafi and Farzin Mohaddes are among the members of the cast.
     
    Akbar Radi (1959-2007) was a renowned Iranian dramatist. His works are compared with those of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran plans to establish a college for Iranian Islamic arts, the director of the Art and Architecture Committee of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution said on Saturday.
     
    The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has recently passed the charter of the college and the plan for the establishment of the college is in the final stage, Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    The college is scheduled to hold courses on illumination (tazhib), miniature painting, calligraphy and several other forms of art.
     
    “Veteran art masters and scholars will teach the enthusiastic students at the college,” said Imani-Khoshkhu, who is also the president Tehran’s University of Science and Culture. 
     
    The proposal for the establishment of the college was made by master miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian three years ago during his visit to the secretary of the council, Mohammadreza Mokhber Dezfuli.
     
    The college will work under supervision of the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR).
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran will be the guest of honor at the Moscow International Book Fair in 2016, the director of Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute, Amir-Masud Shahramnia, announced in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.
     
    The final agreement has been signed between Iran and the organizers of the fair, and Iran will be the guest of honor at the fair, he added.
     
    The Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF) was established in 1977 and is an official member of the International Organization of Book Publishers.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The director of the Cinema Organization of Iran has said that Iranian cinema is recovering from the setback it experienced under the former cultural administration.
     
    “The vibrancy in the box office receipts shows that Iranian cinema is recovering,” Hojjatollah Ayyubi told the Persian service of IRNA on Friday.
     
    He said that the Iranian theaters earned 280 billion rials (about $9 million) over the past five months. 
     
    According to Ayyubi, this sum equals Iran’s total box office receipts in the past Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2013-March 20, 2014).
     
    “Iranian cinema already experienced a difficult time and a period of anxiety. Now, a relaxed atmosphere dominates the cinema of the country, and the unity among the cineastes and the production of outstanding films encourage people go to the cinema,” he stated.
     
    “Now, something good has happened in the art and culture of the country: the gap between the government and artists has been filled and we should make good use of this atmosphere to promote national cinema,” he added.
     
    Ayyubi said that the country’s cinema infrastructure is suffering from a setback and asked the private sector to invest in the construction of new movie theaters in order to restore part of the deficiency. 
     
    According to Ayyubi, over 300 movie theaters are currently active in Iran and 80 new cinemas are being built across the country. 
     
     
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    TEHRAN – A large number of Iranian voice actors who had lent their voices to the major characters of “The Message”, Moustapha Akkad’s epic about the birth of Islam, were honored during a ceremony at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) on Thursday.
     
    Nasser Medqalchi, who had lent his voice to Michael Ansara as Abu Sufyan, Manuchehr Esmaeili (Anthony Quinn as Hamza), Jalal Maqami (Andre Morell as Abu Talib), Siamak Atlasi (George Camiller as Al-Waleed), and Mohammad-Ali Dibaj (Earl Cameron as Al-Najashi) were among the voice actors who were honored.
     
    Tributes were also paid to Persian translator of the film script Hossein Shayegan and Moustapha Akkad’s advisor Hamid Mojtahedi, the IAF announced in a press release on Friday.
     
    IAF director Majid Sarsangi made brief remarks at the ceremony and called dubbing in Iran a type of new writing and recreation of the film’s original language.
     
    The dubbing directors of Iran have in depth knowledge of the Persian language and are able to choose the just right words that are closest to the language of the film, and they have created enduring dubbings over the past years, he added.
     
     
    “Dubbing of this film was done with the full cooperation of friends and colleagues. It took days and nights to find and select the proper dubbers for the right characters,” Esmaili said in his short speech on stage.
     
    Jalal Maqami also on stage called dubbing of the film a different experience. “This film for those of us who are Muslims was something different,” he said.
     
    Produced in 1977, the well done historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of Prophet Muhammad (S).
     
    Part of the film was screened for the participants along with the voice of the deceased voice actors of the project including Azar Daneshi, Parviz Narenjiha and Hossein Memarzadeh.
     
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Stage director Mikaeil Shahrestani plans to stage seven tableaux based on seven works by acclaimed Iranian playwright Akbar Radi at the Chaharsu Hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex from October 10.
     
    “Glorious Smile of Mr. Gil”, “Slowly with the Rose”, “Death in Autumn”, “Blue Hole” and “Night on Wet Pavement” and two other plays will be used in the tableaux, he told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Homa Alizadeh will collaborate as co-director to arrange the tableaux, which will be performed with a cast of 20 actors, he added.
     
    Esmaeil Bakhtiari, Abbas Shadravan, Shamsi Sadeqi, Qorban Najafi and Farzin Mohaddes are among the members of the cast.
     
    Akbar Radi (1959-2007) was a renowned Iranian dramatist. His works are compared with those of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran plans to establish a college for Iranian Islamic arts, the director of the Art and Architecture Committee of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution said on Saturday.
     
    The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has recently passed the charter of the college and the plan for the establishment of the college is in the final stage, Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    The college is scheduled to hold courses on illumination (tazhib), miniature painting, calligraphy and several other forms of art.
     
    “Veteran art masters and scholars will teach the enthusiastic students at the college,” said Imani-Khoshkhu, who is also the president Tehran’s University of Science and Culture. 
     
    The proposal for the establishment of the college was made by master miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian three years ago during his visit to the secretary of the council, Mohammadreza Mokhber Dezfuli.
     
    The college will work under supervision of the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR).
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Iran will be the guest of honor at the Moscow International Book Fair in 2016, the director of Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute, Amir-Masud Shahramnia, announced in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.
     
    The final agreement has been signed between Iran and the organizers of the fair, and Iran will be the guest of honor at the fair, he added.
     
    The Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF) was established in 1977 and is an official member of the International Organization of Book Publishers.
     
    RM/YAW
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