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Yazd inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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The historical city of Yazd has been inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites as the first Iranian city and the 22nd historical site of Iran. Nine years after its inscription on the temporary listing for World Heritage Sites, this historical city was inscribed as one of the first adobe cities of the world on the List of World Heritage Sites in the 41st session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on 9 July, 2017. The session began its work in Krakow, Poland, on 2 July, 2017.

Discovery of Historical Coins in Ancient City of Ujan

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Archeological excavations in the ancient city of Ujan resulted in the discovery of some clay works, coins, and three burial towers belonging to the Ilkhanate and Seljuk eras.According to Rahim Velayati, head of the exploration group, the most important archeological findings of this digging included several Seljuk and Ilkhanate clay artifacts, copper coins, remains of two Ilkhanate graveyards with the specific square adobes of this era, two burial towers with circular foundations inside the city of Ujan, and one burial tower with a circular foundation outside it.

By referring to the historical background of the Ilkhanate city of Ujan, Velayati stated that it was one of the most important Ilkhanate cities (summer residence of the Ilkhanate royal dynasty) in the south of today’s Bostanabad city in East Azerbaijan. Ujan was reconstructed and used in the time of Ilkhanate Ghazan Khan.

Discovery of Architectural Remains from the Iron Age in Nishabur

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In the first season of the archeological excavations of Nishabur University in the ancient site of SiTeppe in Nishabur, some glorious archeological remains from the Iron Age (late second millennium and early first millennium BC) were discovered and identified.

Hassan Basafa, supervisor of the excavation team said, “The historical and pre-historical backgrounds of Nishabur have remained unexplored and we hope to be able to find the missing links. The recognition of the culture and economy of the people of Nishabur during the Iron Age and determining the cultural and trans-regional relationships of this city with its neighboring regions, such as central Asia, are among the other purposes of this excavation. The ancient site of Si Teppe is located about 20 km southeast Nishabur adjacent to the seasonal river of Kalshur.

Publication of the 4th Issue of the Instructional Quarterly of Fanus-e Farsi in Serbia

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The 4th issue of the Quarterly of Fanus-e Farsi, Spring Special Issue, was published by the Cultural Council of Iran in Serbia. The editor-in-chief of this Journal is Saeed Safari, Professor of Persian Language at Belgrade University in Serbia. With the publication of the 4th issue of Fanus-e Farsi, this Journal celebrated its first year of publication. This Quarterly is an instructional journal for foreign learners of Persian language. It is available in the e-format for free to the learners of Persian as a foreign language for the purpose of providing goal-oriented instructional content in order to improve their Persian language skills. It also addresses teachers and academic centers that teach this language all over the world. One of the interesting features of this e-journal is the use of funny stories and cartoons for instructional purposes.

This Quarterly is mainly useful for intermediate and upper-intermediate adult Persian language learners all over the world. The director of the Journal is Mohsen Soleimani, Cultural Council of Iran to Serbia and representative of Sa’di Foundation for teaching Persian in the world. Saeed Safari, editor-in-chief of the Journal and the dispatched teacher of Sa’di Foundation to Belgrade University, prepares the instructional content forFanus-e Farsi.

The 4th issue of this Journal, which consists of 32 pages, was published on the Day of Protecting Persian Language on 15 May 2017. This issue contains various workshops including vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, writing, and structure of Persian. The photo on the cover of this issue of Fanus-e Farsi depicts the Tomb of the distinguished Iranian Poet, Ferdowsi, in Tus. A beautiful poem by one of the Persian language learners of Belgrade and the latest news regarding the activities of Sa’di Foundation in the field of teaching Persian as a foreign language have appeared in the final pages of the 4th issue of the Quarterly of Fanus-e Farsi.

Holding the Day of Iranian Culture in Taldykorgan in Kazakhstan

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The Day of Iranian Culture was held in Taldykorgan in Almaty Province with the cooperation of the Municipality of this city and the Internal Policy Department of Kazakhstan. This event consisted of different programs including visiting the Head of the Internal Policy Department, signing a cooperation agreement, holding a handicrafts exhibition, showing Iranian movies translated into Russian, visiting the Youth Center of Taldykorgan, attending the press conference, and promenading around the city.

The participants visited the Handicrafts Exhibition, where some handmade cloths, fretworks, inlaid works, enamel works, and beautiful pictures of the stories of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh were on display. Moreover, Seyyed Javad Jalali Kiasari, Iranian Cultural Attaché in Almaty, visited the Local History Museum of this city and the Center of Exceptional Talents for genius university students and gifted and innovative high school students.

Conference on Symbology in Persian Art

On 1 November 2017, the first “National Conference on Symbology in Persian Art with a Focus on Native Art” will be held by Bojnurd University. The main themes of the Conference include symbology in local arts and handicrafts; symbology in native rituals; traditions, and customs; history of symbology in Iran; symbology in Islamic civilization; symbology in literature; symbols in religions and denominations; symbology in psychology; interdisciplinary studies on symbology; symbology in graphics; and architecture, urbanization, and the related decorative arts. Interested people can visit the website of the Conference at in order to gain more information.

Meeting on Sadi and Victor Hugo in Paris

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After the meetings on Sadi and Pushkin, Sadi and Yunus Emre, Sadi and Cervantes, Sadi and al-Mutanabbi, and Sadi and Confucius during the past five years, this year the Meeting on Sadi and Victor Hugo was held on 9 June 2017 in the Capital 8 Conference Center in Paris by the Iranian Cultural Council in France, Shahr-e Ketab Cultural Center, Center for Sadi Studies (Sadishenasi Center), and Center for Hugo Studies (Cerilac) affiliated with Paris 7 University. A number of people interested in Cultural and literary fields attended this meeting.

This one-day meeting was held with presence of Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Iran to UNESCO, and Jamal Kamyab, Cultural Attaché of Iran in Paris. A number of Iranian and French researchers delivered speeches in this event and discussed several topics and problems regarding these two distinguished literary figures of Iran and France, as follows:

- Claude Millet, President of the Center for Hugo studies at Paris University

- Ali Asghar Mohammadkhani, International Deputy of Shahr-e Ketab (Book City)

- Fanck Laurent, Literature Professor at Maine University in France

- Kourosh Kamali Sarvestani, Director of Center for Sadi Studies

- Jean-Marc Hovasse, Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Studies of France

- Hossein Beig Baghban, University Professor and Director of Alsace Center for Iranian Studies in Strasburg

- Francis Richard, French author and Iranologist

- Lili Anvar, Professor at Paris University and Winner of the Book of the Year Prize of Tehran

Photo Exhibition of “Iran and Iranians” in Istanbul

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Turkish photographers’ photos of Iranian nature and cities were on display in the “Iran and Iranians” photo exhibition in Istanbul in Turkey. Tannin Halvachi, Salim Onal, Madadshir, and Ali Jushgun, members of the Photographers’ Syndicate of Istanbul, travelled to Iran in May 2017 in order to take pictures of the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, and Kashan and the Iranian urban society. This exhibition was held in a gallery in Istanbul with presence of a number of photography lovers, members of the Photography Syndicate, and Abdolreza Rashed, Iranian Cultural Attaché in Turkey.

In the opening ceremony of this exhibition, Abdolreza Rashed stated that the artists of each country are considered to be highly influential and resourceful people. He added that what they present through their art entails their expert perceptions of what happens around them, which is different from what normal people understand.

At the end of his speech, with reference to the good relationships between Iran and Turkey, Rashed emphasized the role of artists in enhancing the relationships among people. He invited all artists to travel to Iran and said that the Cultural Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul will provide the required help and guidance for facilitating photographers’ journey to Iran. He also suggested that they focus on the theme of progress and development in Iran in their pictures

Publication of the Book Iranian Ancient Myths in Italy

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The book of Iranian Ancient Myths was published in Italy. This book consists of 194 pages in three sections: Narrations of Kings and Great Figures, Narrations of the World of Animals, and Ethical Narrations. Altogether, the book contains 50 narrations from Marzbannameh, Qabusnameh, Sandbadnameh, and Mathnavi M’anavi.

Third International Festival of Indigenous People and Tribal Groups from Around the World, Bergamo, Italy

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The third International Festival of Indigenous People and Tribal Groups from Around the World was held with the cooperation of the Cultural Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bergamo, Italy on 26 May – 11 June 2017. An eight-member indigenous artistic Qashqai group from Iran was also among the 38 indigenous-artistic groups from other countries which participated in this Festival. Some of the tools and instruments used in nomadic life, such as carpet looms, were on display in the permanent Qashqai stall in this event. Moreover, the group played live music five times and performed a ritual play during the Festival. The Qashqai stall also held two meetings on the themes of “Traditional Medicine” and “Qashqai People: Art and Handicrafts” in this event.

Persian Poetry Night in Albania

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The Persian Poetry Night was held by the Iranian Cultural Council in Albania at the suggestion of Kristian Koroveshi, MA Student of Albanian Theatre and Film major, in Korçë (cultural capital of Albania). This event was held with the cooperation of the Municipality, Theatre Center, and some other cultural organizations of this city with presence of Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, Iranian Ambassador to Italy, and Zamira Kita, President of Korçë’s Art and Theatre Center. On the occasion of Persian Poetry Night, which represented some aspects of Iranian culture and civilization, Kristian Koroveshi made some interviews with seven Albanian TV networks, in which he introduced Iranian literature, culture, and poets.

The other programs of this event included declamation and recitation of Umar Khaym’s poems by Enkelejda Kamani along with live performance of a musical group and recitation of about 140 couplets of Umar Khayam and other Iranian poets by Dhimitër Orgocka, famous actor and holder of the Grand Master Medal; Ndriçim Xhepa, master and holder of Eminent Artist title; Roza Anagnosti, Albanian distinguished artistic figure and holder of Grand Artist Medal; Zamira Kita, President of Korçë’s Art and Theatre Center and the well-known experienced Albanian actress, and Kristian Koroveshi.

Unveiling the Gulistan of Sadi in Malay in Malaysia

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On 17 July 2017, the Gulistan of Sadi in Malay was unveiled during the second program of the collection of the programs of the Day of Iranian Literature in Malaysia. This program was held with the cooperation of the Iranian Cultural Council in Malaysia and the National Library of this country with presence of the Director of the Library and Marzieh Afkham, Iranian Ambassador to Malaysia in the National Library of Malaysia.

Art and Culture Festival: Iranian and Malaysian Islamic Calligraphy (14-22 June 2017)

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The “Art and Culture Festival: Iranian and Malaysian Islamic Calligraphy” was held with the cooperation of the Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia on 14-22 June 2017.

The lineup of the Festival program was as follows:

1. Opening ceremony and special talk on “History of Calligraphy and Islamic Art” with presence of Iranian and Malaysian masters and researchers

2. Qur’an calligraphy writing

3. Workshop on Nasta’liq Calligraphy, Illumination and Techniques of Line Drawing

Speech on Iranian-Islamic Architecture at Belgrade Public Library

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A speech on the theme of “Iranian-Islamic Architecture” was held on 19 June 2017 in Belgrade Public Library with the cooperation of Iranian Cultural Center and Serbia-Iran Friendship Society. Dragon Calovic, Associate Professor of Islamic art and architecture and symbology at John Naisbitt University, by showing some picture of architectural structures and their plans in different Iranian cities such as Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan, provided a short history of these structures and discussed their functions and specific architectural characteristics.

He maintained that the pre-Islamic Iranian architecture has influenced the post-Islam Iranian architecture. He mainly focused on the Islamic architecture of the Seljuk period and also described the major elements of Iranian-Islamic architecture. Moreover, in a part of his speech, he talked about residential houses and explained the roles of security considerations and climatic conditions in their construction.

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