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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

New Showcase for Iranian Art, CAMA Gallery, Launches in London

By T. Zareenkoub A new gallery showcasing the art of Iran and the Middle East had its launch in London recently. The CAMA (Contemporary and Modern Art) Gallery aims to promote artists from those parts of the world both online and in physical exhibition spaces. During...

Ferrari Celebrates 70th Birthday in London Exhibition

By Ahmad Rafat Ferrari, arguably the most exotic car ever built, celebrates its 70th birthday in a special exhibition entitled “Ferrari: Under the Skin” at London’s Design Museum. The exhibition, which ends on April 15, features everything from rare classics to the latest models. The total...

Artist Shadi Yousefian Inaugurates New L.A. Art Space Run by AdvocArtsy

By Fred Parvaneh A new 1,800-square-foot (167m²) art space has just opened in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’s fashion district, minutes from the Institute of Contemporary Art and surrounding galleries. It’s called The Space by AdvocArtsy, and it’s a permanent gallery opened by AdvocArtsy founder...

Tate Modern Shows Iranian Photography Since the Revolution

By Ahmad Rafat A new exhibition at Tate Modern showcases a vast collection of images by prominent Iranian photographers who documented the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the subsequent Iran-Iraq War. “Iranian Photobooks: From Revolution To War” includes photographs by Seifollah Samadian (1954- ), Bahman Jalali (1944-2010),...

“Fascination with Persepolis” Exhibition Opens in The Netherlands

 "Fascination with Persepolis" is the title of a just-opened exhibition at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in The Netherlands. It's about European travellers, photographers, and archaeologists who visited the ruins of Persepolis in centuries past, and provides a fascinating insight...

LIFESTYLE

Persian Recipes for Thanksgiving: A Kayhan Life Selection

By Fred Parvaneh On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans of every faith celebrate Thanksgiving Day, an annual holiday celebrated nationwide in the US since 1789 after a proclamation by President George Washington. Immigrants to America have embraced the Thanksgiving holiday, as it’s a chance for...

A Persian Puppeteer in London

By Tara Biglari "Dream and Destiny: Persian Modern Tales" was the title of a show performed at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, north London, in September. It was the work of the Little Giants Theatre, which uses stories, puppets, masks, actors, video and even...

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,...

FILM

From Spielberg to the Studio: An Interview With Actor-Artist Bijan Daneshmand

By Tara Biglari Bijan Daneshmand is known to moviegoers for his roles in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Munich” (2005) and in the British-American miniseries “The Night Manager” (2016). Daneshmand has also been spending a lot of time in another kind of studio, pursuing his lifelong passion:...

Meet Iran’s Top Country Music Band: The Dream Rovers

 “What does your average Iranian know about country music?” asked the web site savingcountrymusic.com in a recent article. "Probably not very much, especially due to the repressive regime that rules the country, and rarely lets Western music be heard, let alone performed." That hasn't stopped...

Iranian-Born Financier Abbas Jafarian Reaches South Pole In Charity Trek

By Fred Parvaneh On December 18, Abbas Jafarian and his two South American companions reached the South Pole after a nine-day trek on skis. Their Antarctic expedition began on December 4, when they boarded an Ilyushin IL-76 freight-plane in Chile, which flew them to the ice-covered...

BOOKS

How Central Asia Has Had a “Raw Deal” for 200 Years

When people think of Central Asia, they usually associate the region much more with the former Soviet Union than with Asia or even the Middle East – and sometimes even less so with Islam. In fact, the Republics commonly referred to as the “Stans"...

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:...

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

All About Googoosh: Pop Superstar Embarks on Concert Tour

Googoosh is one of the most celebrated and influential Iranian pop artists of all time: a national treasure to generations of Iranians, and hugely popular in Central Asia and the Middle East. Googoosh is marking this holiday season with a concert in Sweden: Gothenburg (December...

Meet the Iranian-Swedish Pop Band Abjeez

By Mani Tehrani Abjeez is a Swedish pop band founded in 2005 by the Iranian-born sisters Melody and Safoura Safavi. The band has enjoyed sold-out performances in Europe and North America, and its name derives from the colloquial Persian word for 'sisters.' Songs are written in Farsi by Melody, who...