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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

Warhol Museum Gives Farhad Moshiri His First Big Solo Show

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has just opened the first solo museum exhibition by Farhad Moshiri, one of Iran's best-known living artists. "Farhad Moshiri: Go West" brings together several bodies of work created over the decades that have never been displayed together. Many are...

Iranian Artists Are Focus of D.C. Exhibition ‘Urban Mapping’

By Tara Biglari Works by 10 Iranian artists are headlining at the Hillyer Art Space in a quaint neighborhood of downtown Washington, D.C. The exhibition, curated by photographer and video artist Gohar Dashti, represents each artist's perspective on the public versus the private space, and...

Learning Persian Calligraphy in London: A Word With the SOAS Tutor

By Tara Biglari Calligraphy is considered to be one of the most respected disciplines in Iranian culture. Initially created by Ibn Muqlah and his brothers about 1,000 years ago, it has attracted widespread interest across many communities around the world. The School of Oriental and African...

Ai Weiwei’s Latest Exhibition Highlights Fate of Iranian Activists

By Tara Biglari Iranian political activists, depicted in LEGO® blocks, are among the works by the outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei featured in his "Trace" exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Using the ubiquitous miniature toy building blocks, Ai Weiwei...

Pioneering Film Poster Artist Qazi Falls on Hard Times

Manouchehr Qazizadeh, fondly known as “Qazi," was one of Iran’s leading film poster artists before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Now destitute, he is forced to sell his oil paintings in the streets of Tehran, according to the Mehr News Agency. Qazi began his career in...

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

Halloween with a Persian Twist

By Fred Parvaneh Halloween is a quintessentially American celebration – yet one that countless Iranians around the globe happily partake in. Halloween relives the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), which originated in Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, where the people living there...

Shirin Neshat Talks About Her Latest Film: A Tribute to Oum Kulthum

By Ahmad Rafat Shirin Neshat – the Iranian visual artist and filmmaker who won the Silver Lion award for best director at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival for "Women Without Men" – was in London recently for the U.K. premiere of her latest work,...

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...