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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

Spanish-Iranian Photographer Wins National Portrait Gallery Award

Photo portraits of migrants shortly after being plucked from the Mediterranean Sea on board their rescue ship Iuventa. By Tara Biglari The Spanish-Iranian photojournalist César Dezfuli is this year's winner of the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. His photographs are on display at the National...

Iranian-Born Artist Baghramian Gets Major Show at Walker Art Center

Nairy Baghramian – an Iranian-Armenian sculptor who relocated to Germany in her teens – has just opened her first international museum exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Born in Esfahan in 1971, Baghramian has previously had exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago,...

Whirling Dervishes: An Interview with Painter Irandoust Moghadam

By Ahmad Rafat The Iranian artist Hossein Irandoust Moghadam was born in 1978 in Iran to an Iranian mother and a Chinese-Iranian father. He was recently in London for an exhibition at London's Gallery 8, where he sat down with Kayhan Life for a brief...

Portrayals of Women by San Francisco-Based Artist Farnaz Zabetian

By Mani Tehrani In the modern world, gender discussions are focused predominantly on women’s rights, no doubt because of the centuries of discrimination that women have endured. As a result, many artists representing women focus on issues such as equality and a woman's right over...

Life in a 3-D Harem: Interview with Artist Marjan Moghaddam

By Farid Khalifi The word 'harem' refers to domestic quarters reserved for women in a Muslim family that are inaccessible to adult males except close relatives. The idea of secluding women, however, predates Islam, and can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire, ancient Greece and Persia. The practice of...

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

Iranian Filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless Gets Major Tribute at London’s ICA

By Tara Biglari The drab existence of a Turkish guest worker in Germany is the subject of the late Iranian director Sohrab Shahid Saless's film "Far From Home," which was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London earlier this month as part...

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...

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

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...