At the opening ceremony of the City Satire Centre, Shahram Gilabadi, the director of the Tehran Municipality’s Centre for Communication and International Relations, called the centre a place for artists and satirists to exchange ideas.
He asked them to organize meetings at the centre “to present the people with a romantic feeling in order to help them raise their spirits.”
“This is the greatest job: to help people feel happy,” he added.
Veteran comedian Alireza Khamseh was among the many satirists and comic artists attending the opening ceremony. “In urban life, a society that is far from disappointment is healthier,” he said in a short speech.
He added that improvement in economic conditions in people’s lives is the key to help them feel happy, otherwise they would hardly ever laugh.
The City Satire Centre is located at Goft-o-Gu Park in the western part of Tehran.