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A land of ancient traditions, famous for its art and poetry, Iran’s modern life is packed with cultural events of all sorts. Here you can find reports, interviews and opinion on art, music, literature, cinema, theatre, and more.


Asghar Farhadi Honoured by Iran’s House of Cinema

Iran’s House of Cinema organized a ceremony on Tuesday evening, May 31, to celebrate the global accolades won by Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, honouring the acclaimed director as well as the movie’s cast and crew.

1000 Poets Object to Iran-Turkey’s Joint UNESCO Submission of Rumi’s Masnavi

1000 Persian-speaking poets and literati signed a statement, entitled “Rumi Is a Poet from Balkh to Konya”, to voice their objection to a recent move by Iran and Turkey to jointly register the book Masnavi by the renowned poet Rumi in UNESCO, ignoring his birthplace Afghanistan.
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Tehran Symphony Orchestra

Tehran Symphony Orchestra, as seen in this June 6 concert, were led by new conductor Shahrdad Rouhani. They performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto,...

Farhadi’s Newest Movie Poster Unveiled at Cannes Festival

Iran’s famous director Asghar Farhadi's film The Salesman has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Paintings Inspired by Persian Carpets

Paintings Inspired by Persian Carpets on Show in Tehran

A new exhibition of paintings, inspired by the wonderful motifs and attractive colours of Persian carpets, has opened at Tehran’s Etemad Gallery.
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2016 Hajj Pilgrimage Cancelled for Iranians

The cancellation of the Hajj pilgrimage for Iranians this year was a big story across Iranian media on Monday May 30. Most headlines put the blame on Saudi Arabia, while only one of them blamed the protesters who attacked the Saudi embassy and increased bilateral diplomatic tension.

Our Blindness towards Iran

In a travel piece written for Paris news magazine L’Obs, Jean-Claude Guillebaud shares his reflections on his recent visits to Iran, where he was...
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A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on June 2

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Thursday and picked headlines from 20 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.
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State TV Invites Imam Khomeini’s Grandson for Live Interview

Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was finally invited by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to take part in a live interview. Not surprisingly, he frankly expressed his critical opinions of the current situation in Iran.
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A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on June 6

Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, held his first meeting with the members of Iran’s new Parliament. During the session, which...

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