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British fashion designer Stella McCartney brightened up the penultimate day of Paris Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Fashion Week with varied palettes and dancing models on Monday.


“The Persian Picasso”: Mohassess Breaks Records in Sotheby’s Auction

A large oil painting by the late Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess broke records at a Sotheby's auction, selling for GBP585,000 (roughly $US755,000), twice the minimum estimate set for the work. It was the highest price ever paid for Mohassess at auction.The 1968 canvas, "Requiem...

Dzhangal: An Exhibition Not to Forget the Errant Refugees

By Ahmad Rafat
Gideon Mendel chose Dzhangal and not jungle, its English translation, as the name for his recent exhibition in London on the state of refugees, who for years, lived on the outskirts of the port of Calais, France, with the hope of crossing to Britain.

A Trio of Iranian Brothers Showcase Their Art in New York

By Laura van Straaten
Three Iranian artists who work individually but also collaboratively as a trio are the focus of a new exhibition in New York City. What's more, they’re brothers.

Young Iranian Artists Show Work at Paris’s Galerie Nicolas Flamel

By Katayoun Halajan
Galerie Nicolas Flamel in Paris is known for showcasing works by prominent Iranian artists, and its exhibitions usually bring together a mix of established and emerging talents.

An Iranian in Malta: Artist Lida Sherafatmand is a Campaigner for Peace

Malta is not the most obvious destination for an Iranian emigre family. Yet that's where Lida Sherafatmand moved to with her parents and siblings, a decade or so after the Revolution.


Defying political pressure, Iranian director keeps camera running

By Robin PomeroyCANNES, France (Reuters) – When Iranian authorities sentenced Mohammad Rasoulof to jail, they may have hoped the filmmaker would stop work or at least tone down his movies that lay bare legal and political injustices in the Islamic Republic.

Tehran Hosts Major Cosmetics Fair

By Ahmad Rafat
Tehran recently hosted the top trade show for the cosmetics industry in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

Picnic in the Park: How Sizdah-Bedar Marks the End of Nowruz

After 12 days of joyous festivities, Nowruz draws to a close on the thirteenth day of the New Year with a picnic in the outdoors.

Bloggers Versus Fashion Editors

At the Milan and London Fashion weeks, fashionistas give their views on the ‘editors versus bloggers’ debate.Front row seats at fashion shows were once almost exclusively for the rich, the famous and the magazine editor. In today's sartorial world these seats are now also shared with the fashion blogger . . . and their influence is growing.


Iranian Revolution Video Game Takes History to a Global Audience

By Julie Ershadi
For many Iranian emigres, the Islamic Revolution of 1979 is an event that they would rather put behind them. The memories can be much too painful. Yet for Navid Khonsari, who was born in Canada and raised in Iran until the Revolution, the only way out of the trauma is to work through it.

Another Oscar for Iran and Asghar Farhadi, the Director who Refused to Attend this Year’s Awards

Though he boycotted Hollywood's annual Awards Ceremony, Tehran-based film director Asghar Farhadi has repeated history, clinching a second Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for "The Salesman" five years after he became the first Iranian to win a prestigious Academy Award for his 2012 drama "A...


Censored Iranian Books Pop Up In Travelling Book Fair

By Cyrus Naji
A travelling fair of books banned in Iran is making its way around major Western cities. The 2nd Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored (ending May 14) highlights the reality of censorship in Iran and the innovative ways in which 15 publishers circumvent the restrictions.

Enemy Soldiers in Iran-Iraq War Meet Again as Refugees in Canada

By Peyman Pejman
Iranian-born Zahed Haftlang and Iraqi-born Najah Aboud were unlikely soldiers in the respective armies of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein.

Struggling to Learn or Teach Farsi? Mona Kiani’s ‘Finglisi’ Books Could Be The Solution

Mona Kiani, an Iranian-Australian who wanted her young son to learn Persian, has written the "Englisi Farsi User Guide", a book for children that avoids the need to master the Persian alphabet.


Shakespeare in Farsi: London’s Saam Theatre Group Turns Newly Arrived Iranians into Actors

By Susanna Huth
Every September, a Persian-English theater festival is organized in London. Highly popular with the Iranian community, it brings together drama talents from all over the world to celebrate aspects of Iranian culture in both Farsi and English.

Shirin Neshat, Actor Abbas Bakhtiari Star in Shakespeare’s Tempest

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is the author of a tragicomedy called The Tempest, which is believed to have been inspired by real-life accounts and voyager journals.A trio of Iranian talents recently featured in a...


Rock Star Soraya Sebghati Releases New Album With Her Band ‘Night Talks’

By Susanna Huth
Raised on a musical diet of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, Soraya Sebghati was always destined to be a "rock chick." Based in Los Angeles, Soraya is a member of the indie rock group "Night Talks" – a cool band with an alternative twist.

Israeli-Iranian Singer Maureen Nehedar Releases One Bestselling Album After Another

By Ahmad Rafat
Thirty-eight-year-old Maureen Nehedar was only two-and-a-half when she emigrated with her family from Isfahan to Israel. It was during the early years of the Revolution, when many Persian Jews were leaving their homeland. Maureen and her family were determined not to forget their roots.


Canadian Bacteria-Like Fossils Called Oldest Evidence of Life

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found in Canada of microbes are similar to the bacteria that thrive today around sea floor hydrothermal vents and may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.

Fossils Show Quick Rebound of Life After Ancient Mass Extinction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth's worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity.