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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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  • 12/04/14--02:32: Art news in brief
  • Iranian doc to go on screen at Turkish festival
    TEHRAN –Iranian filmmaker Mostafa Razzaq Karimi’s documentary “Memories for All Seasons” will go on screen at the 18th Rendezvous Istanbul International Film Festival, which will be held in Turkey from December 5 to 11.
     
    The film narrates the memories of a group of Iranian soldiers wounded by Iraqi chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    Iranian cineastes visit German Film Academy

    TEHRAN – A group of the members of the Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) visited the German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie) in Berlin late last week.
     
    The group traveled to Germany to attend an Iranian film festival, which was held in Cologne from November 28 to 30.
     
    IHC Managing Director Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur and his colleagues, including Farhad Towhidi and Homayun Asadian, met German Film Academy Director Alfred Holighaus.
     
    The expansion of relations between the two institutions was discussed during the meeting.
     
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  • 12/04/14--02:37: What’s in art galleries
  • Multimedia
     
    * A group exhibition of paintings and sculptures and digital art by 36 artists including Amir Azar, Anush Ebrahimi, Nazila Jahangir and Parham Qalamdar will open in the Atbin Gallery on Friday.
     
    Entitled “A Few Scenes from Paradise”, the works will be on display until December 22 at the gallery located at 42 Khakzad Alley, Parkway Intersection, near Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * A collection of photos and installation and video art works by Mikail Rahmani will open in the Seen Gallery on Friday. 
     
    The exhibit will run until December 14 in the gallery, which can be found at No. 16, 12th Alley, Piruzan St. off Hormozan Ave. in the Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood.
     
    Painting 
     
    * Elaheh Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of paintings by Mehdi Rahemi opening on Friday.
     
    The exhibit will be running until December 15 at the gallery located at 6 Golfam St. off Africa Ave.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Salar Jorjani will open in the Jorjani Gallery. 
     
    The exhibit will be running until December 15 at the gallery located at No.4, Khayyam Alley, above the Park Way Intersection, off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * A collection of paintings by Yasaman Safa will open in the Dastan Basement Gallery on Friday.
     
    The showcase runs until December 13 at the gallery, which can be found at 6 Bidar St., off Fereshteh Ave.
     
    * Dey gallery will hang paintings by Maryam Eyvazi in an exhibition opening on Friday.
     
    The exhibit will run for one week at the gallery located at 130 Atefi St. off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    Photo 
     
    * A group exhibition of photos by photographers including Havar Amini, Pargol Inanlu, Mohsen Zare and Shahed Safari will open in the Silk Road Gallery.
     
    The showcase runs until December 21 at the gallery, which can be found at 103 Lavasani St. in Kamranieh neighborhood.
     
    * Seyhun Gallery will display a selection of photos by Siva Shahbaz in an exhibition opening on Friday.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 17 in the gallery, which can be found at No. 11, 4th Alley, Vozara St.
     
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    TEHRAN – Culture ministers of Iran and Tajikistan have signed a memorandum of understanding to boost art and cultural activities.
     
    The MOU was inked by Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati and Tajik Minister of Culture Orumbekzoda Shamsiddin Shodibek in Tehran on Tuesday, the ministry announced in a press release.
     
    The agreement will cover bilateral cultural programs for three years beginning in March 2015.
     
    “Iranian people warmly welcome any type of art and cultural cooperation and are quite familiar with the art, music and theater of Tajikistan,” Jannati said.
     
    He added that based on the MOU, the two countries have agreed to cooperate in film productions, cultural festivals, book fairs and academic activities.
     
    The restoration of historical monuments and manuscripts has been mentioned in the agreement, while cooperation on dramatic arts, visual arts and music has also been remarked, he noted.
     
    Moreover, Tajik musicians can introduce the music of their country during the music festivals of Iran.
     
    According to Jannati, Tajik students interested in Persian language and literature will have the opportunity to study Persian in the universities of Iran, providing the ground for more cultural interaction.
     
    For his part, Orumbekzoda Shamsiddin Shodibek said that the Orientalogy departments in different universities of Tajikistan promote Persian language and literature.
     
    He also said that the agreement will help develop bilateral relations. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has lamented over the shortage of media knowledge and the information gap in the Islamic world.
     
    He addressed the opening ceremony of the 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers, which was held in Tehran on Wednesday with the motto “Media Convergence for Peace and Calm in the Islamic World.”
     
    He said that everybody knows about the key role the media are playing in the world and added, “The globalization of the media has increased without limit the quantity of information, and undoubtedly,   information sharing seriously affects social and personal lives as well as international relations.”
     
    Jannati also added that Western media enjoy a monopoly on the internet to disseminate biased information about Muslim nations.   
     
    “This attitude has caused discrimination and injustice against Muslim communities in other countries” he added.       
     
    “The Islamic world is suffering from lack of media knowledge and an information gap, and Islamic nations should expand their media and information connections in order to efficiently fight against the divisive policies of the enemies,” he stated.
     
    “No single country in the Islamic world is able to fight against these policies by itself. A united effort and collective action is the sole way to shape a bright future for Islamic ummah. For the Islamic world, cooperation is not a choice, but it is a necessity,” he noted.     
     
    The 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers comes to an end today.
     
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    TEHRAN – Another Spanish translation of the Iranian bestselling war novel “Da” have been completed.
     
    Maryam Haqrusta, who is the assistant professor of Latin American studies at the University of Tehran, is the translator of the book, which will published by Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).
     
    “I have spent three years translating the book, which will be published before March 2015,” she told the Persian service of Fars News Agency.
     
    Written by Seyyedeh Azam Hosseini, “Da” was published in 2008 and soon became an Iranian bestseller. It contains recollections by Seyyedeh Zahra Hosseini of the time when the Iraqi army captured Khorramshahr during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    “The reason for translation of ‘Da’ is that I want to tell other nations about the role of Iranian women in society and the sacrifices they made during the war,” Haqrusta said 
     
    Najmeh Shobeiri, who is the director of the Spanish Language Department of the Translation Office of the Art Bureau, also translated the book into Spanish. This version is scheduled to be published by Sureh-Mehr Publications in June 2015.
     
    An English version of “Da” translated by American scholar Paul Sprachman under the title of “One Woman’s War” was published by Mazda Publications in April 2014.
     
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  • 12/05/14--11:43: Art news in brief
  • Iranian readers to enjoy “Treasury of China’s Wisdom”
    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of “Treasury of China’s Wisdom: A Story Book for Everyone” by Chinese author Tang Chinghua has been published in Iran.
     
    Maryam Meftahi translated the book, which was published by Moin Publications.
     
    The book contains classic Chinese stories on wisdom, from the pre-Confucius days of more than three thousand years ago to the early Qing Dynasty, the last imperial regime that ended in 1911.
     
     
    Moscow to host meeting of Russian Iranologists

    TEHRAN -- Russian Iranologists will come together for a one-day seminar in Moscow on December 16 to share their latest studies in this field.
     
    A number of Iranian scholars will also attend the meeting, which has been organized by the Iranian Embassy in Moscow. 
     
    “The Magic” appears in Iranian bookstores
    TEHRAN – Australian author Rhonda Byrne’s self-help and spirituality book “The Magic” has been published in Persian by Amut Publications.
     
    Farshid Ataii is the translator of the book, which is the third one in Byrne’s series “The Secret”. “The Secret” was a bestseller in 2006.
     
    “Power”, the second volume of the series, was published in 2010. It was rendered into Persian by several translators.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian sculptor Maryam Ashkanian is among the finalists of the Biennial of the Frontiers (Bienal de las Fronteras), which is held in Mexico City, Mexico.
     
    Her works are competing at the biennial with pieces by 14 artists from around the world.
     
    The artworks have been selected from 1628 submissions from 58 countries and the winners will be announced on February 26, 2015.
     
    Ashkanian, 25, used textiles to create the sculptures, which have been submitted to the event.
     
    A selection of works will go on display during an exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas (MACT) in Mexico City during March 2015.
     
    The Biennial of the Frontiers seeks to become a space in which creation, imagination and the analysis and dissemination of contemporary art explores the established frontiers of contemporary art practices in Mexico and abroad.
     
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  • 12/05/14--22:17: What’s in art galleries

  • Painting 
    * An exhibition of paintings by Naser Mohammadi is underway at Shila Gallery.   
     
    The exhibit runs until December 10 at the gallery located at 2 Gilan Alley, off Vali-e Asr Ave, near Taleqani Ave.
     
    * Golestan Gallery is displaying a collection of paintings by Nasrin Eyvazian.
     
    The exhibit will run until Wednesday at the gallery, which can be found at 42 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
    * Mehrva Gallery is playing host to a group exhibition of paintings by 10 artists including Ehsan Gholami, Marjan Andarudi and Saba Soleimani.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 15 at the gallery, which can be found at 38 South Aban St. off Karim Khan Ave.
     
    * A collection of paintings by Habib Farajabadi has been put on show in an exhibition at the Homa Gallery.
     
    The showcase runs until December 16 at the gallery, which can be found at No. 8, 4th Gharbi Alley, off Sanaii St., and Karim Khan Blvd.
     
    * Vaali Gallery is displaying paintings by Soheila Haqiqat. 
     
    The exhibition runs until December 26 at the gallery located at 71 Khoddami St. off Vanak Square.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Nafiseh Omran is underway at Aun Gallery.
     
    The collection will be on display until December 17 at the gallery that can be found at 40 Seoul St. off Vanak Sq.
     
    * Etemad Gallery is playing host to two separate exhibitions of paintings by Abdorreza Qomashchi and Mohammadreza Shahrokhinejad.
     
    The showcase runs until December 23 at the gallery, which can be found at No.5, Shahrzad Blvd., off Zafari Ave., and Yarmohammadi St., in the Darus District.
     
    Calligraphy

    * Persian Idea Gallery is hosting a group exhibition of calligraphy.
     
    A collection of 40 artworks by calligraphers including Mehdi Bahreini, Mohsen Ebrahimi and Amir-Hossein Farahani are on show until December 14 at the gallery located at 28, Azar Alley, Kolahduz St., and Shariati Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is mulling over a plan to establish a union for the radio and television broadcasters in its member states.
     
    Jannati made the remarks during a press conference that he held in Tehran on Wednesday to brief the media about subjects discussed during the 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers.
     
    OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani also attended the press conference.
     
    “The subject of establishing a union for radio and televisions in the OIC member states was discussed at the conference,” Jannati said.
     
    “The OIC is examining the necessary financial, technical, professional and administrational possibilities for establishing the union,” he added.
     
    Tehran hosted the 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers was held with the motto “Media Convergence for Peace and Calm in the Islamic World” from December 1 to 4.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and Indian sitar virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan plan to perform Persian and Indian improvisations at their New York concert on March 22, 2015.
     
    Indian tabla player Sandeep Das will also join the performance, which will take place in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, the center has announced on its webpage.
     
    The Ghazal Ensemble, which was formed in 1997 by Kalhor and Husain Khan, has been touring the world and has been lauded for creating an original, delicate blend of Indo-Persian fusion.
     
    Kalhor has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammadreza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri, and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists. 
     
    He is considered an eminent ambassador of Persian music, and is known for stirring improvisations, exquisite compositions and extensive collaborations.
     
    Shujaat Husain Khan is one of today’s greatest North Indian artists, who represent the seventh generation of illustrious musicians, which includes his father, the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. 
     
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  • 12/05/14--22:17: What’s in art galleries

  • Painting 
    * An exhibition of paintings by Naser Mohammadi is underway at Shila Gallery.   
     
    The exhibit runs until December 10 at the gallery located at 2 Gilan Alley, off Vali-e Asr Ave, near Taleqani Ave.
     
    * Golestan Gallery is displaying a collection of paintings by Nasrin Eyvazian.
     
    The exhibit will run until Wednesday at the gallery, which can be found at 42 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
    * Mehrva Gallery is playing host to a group exhibition of paintings by 10 artists including Ehsan Gholami, Marjan Andarudi and Saba Soleimani.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 15 at the gallery, which can be found at 38 South Aban St. off Karim Khan Ave.
     
    * A collection of paintings by Habib Farajabadi has been put on show in an exhibition at the Homa Gallery.
     
    The showcase runs until December 16 at the gallery, which can be found at No. 8, 4th Gharbi Alley, off Sanaii St., and Karim Khan Blvd.
     
    * Vaali Gallery is displaying paintings by Soheila Haqiqat. 
     
    The exhibition runs until December 26 at the gallery located at 71 Khoddami St. off Vanak Square.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Nafiseh Omran is underway at Aun Gallery.
     
    The collection will be on display until December 17 at the gallery that can be found at 40 Seoul St. off Vanak Sq.
     
    * Etemad Gallery is playing host to two separate exhibitions of paintings by Abdorreza Qomashchi and Mohammadreza Shahrokhinejad.
     
    The showcase runs until December 23 at the gallery, which can be found at No.5, Shahrzad Blvd., off Zafari Ave., and Yarmohammadi St., in the Darus District.
     
    Calligraphy

    * Persian Idea Gallery is hosting a group exhibition of calligraphy.
     
    A collection of 40 artworks by calligraphers including Mehdi Bahreini, Mohsen Ebrahimi and Amir-Hossein Farahani are on show until December 14 at the gallery located at 28, Azar Alley, Kolahduz St., and Shariati Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is mulling over a plan to establish a union for the radio and television broadcasters in its member states.
     
    Jannati made the remarks during a press conference that he held in Tehran on Wednesday to brief the media about subjects discussed during the 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers.
     
    OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani also attended the press conference.
     
    “The subject of establishing a union for radio and televisions in the OIC member states was discussed at the conference,” Jannati said.
     
    “The OIC is examining the necessary financial, technical, professional and administrational possibilities for establishing the union,” he added.
     
    Tehran hosted the 10th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers was held with the motto “Media Convergence for Peace and Calm in the Islamic World” from December 1 to 4.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and Indian sitar virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan plan to perform Persian and Indian improvisations at their New York concert on March 22, 2015.
     
    Indian tabla player Sandeep Das will also join the performance, which will take place in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, the center has announced on its webpage.
     
    The Ghazal Ensemble, which was formed in 1997 by Kalhor and Husain Khan, has been touring the world and has been lauded for creating an original, delicate blend of Indo-Persian fusion.
     
    Kalhor has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammadreza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri, and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists. 
     
    He is considered an eminent ambassador of Persian music, and is known for stirring improvisations, exquisite compositions and extensive collaborations.
     
    Shujaat Husain Khan is one of today’s greatest North Indian artists, who represent the seventh generation of illustrious musicians, which includes his father, the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. 
     
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  • 12/06/14--18:30: Art news in brief
  • Tehran meeting to discuss new studies on Sassanid bas-reliefs

    TEHRAN -- New studies on Sassanid bas-reliefs will be discussed during a session entitled “A New Look at Sassanid Bas-Reliefs” in Tehran on Wednesday.
     
    The session, which has been organized to survey Iranian art before the advent of Islam, will be held at the Art Research Center of the Iranian Academy of Arts at 10 a.m.
     
    Scholars Neda Akhavan, Noruz Rajabi, ShahrokhRazmju, Ehsan Shurabi, Kamyar Abdi, Meisam Labbaf Khaniki, Nadereh Nafisi and Milad Vandaii will share their latest studies on the bas-reliefs.
     
    Adel Yunesi’s “Eternal Feast” underway at Parisian gallery

    TEHRAN -- Iranian painter Adel Yunesi’s surrealist collection entitled “Eternal Feast” is currently on display in an exhibition at the Nicolas Flamel Gallery in Paris.
     
    Hessam Khalatbari and Yasaman Metqalchi are the curators of the exhibition, which runs until December 9.
     
    Iranian theaters to screen Afghan Oscar contender 

    TEHRAN – The Afghan Oscar contender “A Few Cubic Meters of Love”, a joint production of Iran and Afghanistan, is scheduled to premiere in Iran on December 17.
     
    Directed by Iranian filmmaker Jamshid Mahmudi, the film is about Saber, a young Iranian worker, who secretly meets Marona, daughter of Abdolsalam, an Afghan worker in a small factory, which leads to a conclusion that no one could foretell.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian artist Mikail Rahmani has displayed a variety of his artworks, highlighting the contemporary culture of Iranian Kurds, in a solo exhibit at Tehran’s Seen Gallery.
     
    Photos, statues, paintings, installations and video art depicting the regional art of the Kurd people living in several provinces of Kordestan, Kermanshah and part of West Azarbaijan are shown in the exhibit, Rahmani told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
     
    “At first glance, the variety of artworks makes the visitors think it is a group exhibit, while this is a solo exhibit, in which I have covered different themes and concepts,” the artist of the Kurd origin said.
     
    He added, “The main theme of the exhibit is the various issues that have influenced the art of the Middle East and war, which has been an effective element in this region of the country.” 
     
    The exhibit, which opened on December 2, will run until December 14 in the gallery, which can be found at No. 16, 12th Alley, Piruzan St. off Hormozan Ave. in the Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood.
     
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    TEHRAN – Winners of the international exhibition of posters focusing on the liberation struggle icon Nelson Mandela were announced during a ceremony held at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran on Friday.
     
    Omran Abdollahi, Behnam Raisian, Reihaneh Alaii, Farnaz Damnabi and Elaheh Abiyat were the Iranian winners of the poster exhibit “Nelson Mandela, Liberty Pigeon”, IAF has announced on its website.
     
    Designers Arber Kolonja (Macedonia), Marlena Buczek Smith (United States) and Jerome Rebiere-Desveaux (France) were named the international winners.
     
    The award of the French winner was handed to the French cultural attaché Thierry Vielle, who attended the opening ceremony.
     
    United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis took Kolonja’s award for his part, and the American winner’s award was submitted to the Swiss embassy in Tehran.
     
    A total of 76 posters by 63 artists from 22 countries including Iran, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Britain, Peru and Turkey are on show in the week-long exhibit.
     
    Veteran Iranian poster designer Ebrahim Haqiqi, and the director of the Foreign Ministry Department for African Affairs, Valiollah Mohammad-Nasrabadi were among the guests of the opening ceremony.
     
    Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after months of struggling with an illness.  
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Abbas Rafei has blended the story of a kidnapping by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in Rablah, Syria, with a love story in his latest film “Songs of My Homeland”.
     
    The screenplay for the movie, which was commissioned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, is based on a real-life story that was set in the central Syrian town, Rafei told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.
     
    The story is about man and woman who plan to hold their wedding ceremony in Rablah. The man leaves the town to make the arrangements for the wedding party. Meanwhile, the ISIS forces attack the town, kidnapping the bride and a number of women. The man begins a struggle to find his bride after he returns home. 
     
    “The cruelty of the ISIS terrorists and the desperateness of the people of the region are also depicted implicitly,” Rafei said.
     
    Rafei shot the film in locations in Lebanon and Syria, where he previously made “Rebirth” (2007) and “The Strangers” (2009).
     
    However, some explosion scenes have been shot on a set built for the film in a desert near Robat Karim, a town located 60 kilometers west of Tehran, due to security concerns.  
     
    Rafei said that an all-Arab cast was selected in order to make the characters more believable.
     
    The film is scheduled to premiere at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival, which will be held in Tehran in February 2015.
     
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  • 12/07/14--18:50: Art news in brief
  • Tehran institute to review Iranian author’s book on Thailand

    TEHRAN – Tehran’s Book City Institute plans to review Iranian writer Amir-Saeid Elahi’s book “The Society and Culture of Thailand” during a session on Tuesday. 
     
    The book was published in Persian by Iran’s Alhoda International Publishing Institute.
     
    Elahi and the former Iranian cultural attachés in Thailand, Mohammad-Ali Rabbani and Seyyed Mohammad Khalili, will attend the session.
     
    The Book City Institute is located on the Third Alley off Ahmad Qasir St.
     
    Georgian cities to screen films of Resistance festival

    TEHRAN – A selection of Iranian films, which were shown at Iran’s 13th Resistance International Film Festival during September, will be screened in the Georgian cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi from December 15 to 19.
     
    The films are Ali Ghaffari’s World War II drama “Restitution”, Ehsan Abdipur’s anti-war movie “All Alone”, Vahid Musaian’s “The Fourth Child” and Parviz Sheikhtadi’s “Days of Life”.
     
    The 13th Resistance International Film Festival is held annually in Tehran during September to commemorate the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    A number of the festival’s movies are currently on screen at Istanbul’s universities.
     
    Iran’s Kalhor to accompany Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    TEHRAN – Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during concerts, which will be held in Baltimore on January 8 and 11.
      
    He will accompany the orchestra in performing “The Rite of Spring” composed by Russian musician Igor Stravinsky. 
     
    Marin Alsop will conduct the orchestra during the concerts.
     
    Hojjatollah Ayyubi writes book on politics in France

    TEHRAN -- Cinema Organization of Iran Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi, who is also a professor of political science at the University of Tehran, has written a book on politics in France.
     
    The book entitled “Politics and Government in France” was published by the University of Tehran last week, Ayyubi said on his facebook page.
     
    “It seems that the French have experimented with all [political] systems… The study of what other people have experienced is always useful. The experience of two centuries of challenge between the country’s parliament and government is especially worth reading,” stated Ayyubi, who got his Ph.D. in political science from the Lumière University Lyon 2 in France.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Eighty Iranian ensembles have applied to participate in the 30th Fajr International Music Festival to be held in Tehran during February 2015.
     
    The finalists will be announced later by a board of selection that is currently studying and choosing the ensembles, the Public Relations office of the festival reported on Sunday.
     
    Sixty one groups including 23 from Tehran and 38 from other cities have applied to participate in the Iranian classic music category.
     
    In the non-Iranian category, 19 ensembles have submitted requests to participate.
     
    In addition, 38 musicians have applied to take part in the Iranian music composition category.
     
    Thirteen theses on music have also been submitted to the secretariat of the festival to be studied and selected later.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Ninth edition of the Iranian National Biennial of Persian Painting was inaugurated at Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute on Saturday evening.
     
    Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, Director of the Center for Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Majid Mollanoruzi and a number of veteran artists attended the opening ceremony, Persian media reported on Sunday.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Moradkhani called participation of veterans at the biennial a good occurrence.
     
    He said that some of the veterans were surprised to see highly skilled novices active in the art of miniature, calling it the beginning of a new era in Persian painting.
     
    He also pointed to recent developments in Persian painting and said that specific programs are needed to gain better results.
     
    He also proposed to dedicate time for the study of this art and arrange future programs to promote Persian painting.
     
    A collection of Persian paintings in five different categories including miniature, illumination and gol-o-morgh -- a unique style of Persian painting featuring bird and floral motifs in different colors have been put on display at the exhibit.
     
    A valuable book containing works by the participants as well as works by the masters and veterans is scheduled to be published during the exhibit.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 31 at the institute, which is located on Mozaffar St., off Taleqani Ave., near Felestin Square.
     
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