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Dagestan radio airing Persian “Good Stories”
Tehran Times: On Sunday Azamat-Media, a popular radio in the Republic of Dagestan, began airing stories from “Good Stories for Good Children”, the fascinating book by the Iranian children’s writer Mehdi Azar Yazdi.
Henceforth, the stories will be aired in Russian during “Educational Stories”, a program that has been organized by the Iranian Cultural Attaché’s Office in Makhachkala and Dagestan’s Ahlul Bayt Research Center, the Cultural Attaché’s Office announced in a press release on Monday.
All eight volumes of “Good Stories for Good Children” have been translated into Russian under the auspices of the office.
Azar Yazdi (1921-2009) simplified stories from classic Persian masterpieces such as the Gulistan, Masnavi-e Manavi, Marzbannameh and Sinbadnameh to write “Good Stories for Good Children” in eight volumes. This collection also comprises stories from the Holy Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and his Household (AS).
“Good Stories for Good Children” earned its author national fame.
The collection won a UNESCO prize in 1966 and was selected as Iran’s book of the year in 1967.
Iran’s Azadeh Shahmiri on Swiss theater festival jury
Tehran Times: The young Iranian writer/director Azadeh Shahmiri is among the jury members of the Zurich Theater Spectacle, a Swiss festival focusing on modern performing arts and theatrical presentations, which will be held from August 16 to September 2.
Omar Abu Saada from Syria, Max-Philipp Aschenbrenner and Mona De Weerdt from Switzerland, and Nunu Kong from China are other members of the jury.
Shahmiri, 30, has worked as an art critic and journalist in Tehran. She has written and staged “The Distance Between the Stars”, “Murder at the Writing Room” and several other plays. She has also written and translated several books.
The Zürich Theatre Spectacle is held annually each summer in Switzerland. The event began on a much smaller scale as an annual international meeting of independent theater groups before emerging as a much larger cultural event in the country.
South Korean writer to take “Persian Myths Tour”
Tehran Times: South Korean writer Gong Wonkuk, known as the “walking mythologist” in his country, plans to visit Iran and its historical sites during the Persian Myths Tour, which will be running from August 9 to 14.
The tour has been organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Iran, the embassy announced in a press release on Monday.
It is part of a global tour Gong has been on since early May 2012 in search of Eurasia’s famous myths. He has previously visited China, Turkey and several other countries.
Gong will be visiting the historical sites and monuments in Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Kashan, Yazd, Shiraz and several other tourist attractions during his Iranian tour. A number his compatriots are also scheduled to accompany him.
He is scheduled to give several lectures on the subjects relating to Persian myths and its influence in Asia.
Several interviews have also been arranged with some Iranian eminent scholars.
Gong will travel to India and other countries in the Central Asia and Southeast Asia during his global tour.
Gong plans to publish details of his cultural journey as a series of articles in JoongAng Daily, a major Korean newspaper.
In addition, he will publish a book summarizing his six-month global tour in a collection of 10 volumes entitled “Eurasian Myths”.
Rashidi Plans New Play
Iran Daily: Acclaimed Iranian theater director and actor Davoud Rashidi said he will stage a play in fall.
Rashidi said he has also translated the play from French. “It will go on stage at Iranshahr Hall or City Theater Complex.”
Rashidi earlier staged ‘Who Is Mr. Schmitt?’ at Iranshahr Hall. The play was warmly received by theater goers who, according to him, are mostly educated.
Written by French dramatist Sébastien Thierry, the psychological drama delves into the loneliness of the modern man, as well as his social hardships. It is a very appealing performance that challenges the Western culture.
He also staged ‘Minus Two’ at City Theater’s Main Hall in 2010. Written by the French author Samuel Benchetrit, the play was translated into Persian by Shahla Haeri.
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