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FASHION

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Italian fashion houses Prada and Moschino unveiled their womenswear collections for Milan Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2017/18.

ART

Looking to Buy Iranian Art? You Can Shop Online With ARTIANA

By Tara Biglari ARTIANA, a gallery based in Dubai, is launching its first auction site for Middle Eastern art in November. ARTIANA has had previous online auctions in Dubai, but this is the first time that the auction will be focused specifically on Middle Eastern...

France’s Top Photo Festival Spotlights Kiarostami, Shadi Ghadirian

Iranians are in the spotlight this year at France's foremost photography festival, the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles. Held in the heart of Provence – in the city Vincent van Gogh once called home – the festival is showcasing 66 Iranian photographers, including the...

Art and Lingerie: Award-winning Azita Moradkhani Discusses Her ‘Victorious Secrets’

By Tara Biglari Azita Moradkhani is an Iranian-born artist whose work draws inspiration from the great art of the past. She recently won the Young Masters Art Prize – awarded by the London-based Cynthia Corbett Gallery to contemporary artists who are inspired by Old Masters. Azita's...

Star Architect Farshid Moussavi Co-Curates Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Teaches at Harvard

Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi is one of the very few women at the top of the architectural profession. A professor of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she currently has an exhibition on in London: Moussavi has curated the architecture section of...

Iran’s UNESCO Heritage Sites: Persepolis

  Last month, the ancient city of Yazd became the 22nd site in Iran to be inscribed by UNESCO on its World Heritage List, which distinguishes places deemed “of outstanding value to humanity.” To mark the event, Kayhan Life presents the third instalment of its coverage of prominent Iranian sites...

LIFESTYLE

L.A.’s Iranian-American Foodies Produce Video Series on Persian Restaurants

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Have Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri met their Iranian matches? A popular new web page on Facebook called “L.A. Foodies Social Club” is showcasing Persian restaurants in the Los Angeles area. The brainchild of Fred Parvaneh and Shahin Shafaei, “L.A. Foodies Social Club” produces monthly video...

Thousands Attend Seattle Iranian Festival, Including Chef Batmanglij

By Julie Ershadi The grassroots organizer behind Seattle’s biggest Iranian cultural event has done it again. This year, Ali Ghambari held the 11th Annual Seattle Iranian Festival as part of the city’s publicly sponsored international culture fair. The festival, held all day on Saturday, August 12,...

Sixteen-Month Incarceration of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Inspires New London Play

By Tara Biglari A play inspired by the plight of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a Thomson Reuters Foundation employee incarcerated in Iran for more than a year and separated from her husband and young daughter – premiered last week at London's The Red Hedgehog performance...

Iranian Mathematics Genius Maryam Mirzakhani Dies at Age 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian-born mathematics genius who in 2014 became the first woman to win the Fields Medal – the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in mathematics – has died at the age of 40. Mirzakhani had been battling breast cancer for the last four...

FILM

Freed Baha’i Poet Mahvash Sabet Shares This Year’s PEN Pinter Prize

Mahvash Sabet, a Baha'i poet and teacher who spent almost a decade in Tehran's Evin prison before her release in September, has shared the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in literature. The winner of the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize is...

Iranian Poet Forough Farrokhzad Inspires U.S. Composer Epstein

Three original choral works, inspired by one of Iran’s most celebrated contemporary poets, Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967), and arranged by celebrated U.S. composer Marti Epstein, will have their world premiere in Boston, Massachusetts, early in the New Year. Capella Clausura, a choral group dedicated to promoting...

BOOKS

German-Iranian Author Nava Ebrahimi Discusses Her First Novel

By Behjat Omid A wave of titles by second-generation German-Iranian authors is making its way into German bookstores. Critically acclaimed releases include Nava Ebrahimi’s "Sechzehn Worter" ("Sixteen Words"), Shida Bazyar’s "Nachts ist es Leise in Tehran" ("Tehran is Peaceful at Night") and Mehrnoush Zaeri Esfahani’s "33...

Fighting for Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights: A Talk with Author Diana Nammi

By Tara Biglari Diana Nammi has spent the past few decades fighting to protect Iranian and Kurdish women against so-called honor killings, forced marriage, child marriage and domestic abuse. In a recent talk in north London, she discussed her new book "Girl With A Gun:...

Honoring the Sofreh Tradition: An Interview with Maryam Khosrowshahi

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For centuries, Iranians have celebrated important occasions such as weddings and the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, with a unique tradition known as sofreh (Persian for 'spread.') Exquisite textiles are covered with flowers, fruits, sweets, mirrors, and other objects, forming an elaborate composition that...

STAGE

Sixteen-Month Incarceration of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Inspires New London Play

By Tara Biglari A play inspired by the plight of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a Thomson Reuters Foundation employee incarcerated in Iran for more than a year and separated from her husband and young daughter – premiered last week at London's The Red Hedgehog performance...

Iranian-American Actor Anthony Azizi Stars in Tony Award Winner

By Laura van Straaten Anthony Azizi is a star of "Oslo," which just won the Tony Award for best play. It’s about the top-secret, high-level meetings between the Palestinians and Israelis in the lead-up to the 1993 Oslo Accords. Azizi himself grew up in...

MUSIC

Iranian Poet Forough Farrokhzad Inspires U.S. Composer Epstein

Three original choral works, inspired by one of Iran’s most celebrated contemporary poets, Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967), and arranged by celebrated U.S. composer Marti Epstein, will have their world premiere in Boston, Massachusetts, early in the New Year. Capella Clausura, a choral group dedicated to promoting...

‘Fast Fingers’ Musician Mortazavi Holds Workshop In German Village

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The world-famous Iranian virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi – master of the daf and tombak percussion instruments, and once described by a German TV channel as having “the fastest fingers in the world” – held a music workshop earlier this month in the village of...