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Over 100 Books for Children
Iran Daily: During the previous week, a total of 145 book titles were released for children and adolescents in Iran of which 55 were first prints.
Out of the printed children’s books, 93 were released in Tehran while the other province’s publishers released 52 book titles. Moreover 94 compilations and 51 translations were printed, IBNA reported.
During the previous week, averagely 2381 children’s books and 280 pages were also printed.
Exhibition Exploring Caribbean History
Iran Daily: In an unprecedented collaboration organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World’, an ambitious and trailblazing exhibition, will highlight over two centuries of rarely-seen works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present.
The show features more than 400 works including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States, Art Daily said.
Transcendent in scope, ‘CARIBBEAN: Crossroads’ examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe and North America and explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined.
This citywide endeavor, supported by a major grant from MetLife Foundation, opens in the midst of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, observed nationally during the month of June. ‘CARIBBEAN: Crossroads’ will be on view to the public at all three institutions.
To encourage viewers to visit the entire exhibition, paid admission to any of the venues will include a ticket good for complimentary entry to the other two sites.
El Museo del Barrio: June 12, to January 6, 2013 Queens Museum of Art: June 17, 2012 to January 6, 2013 The Studio Museum in Harlem: June 14, 2012 to October 21, 2012 This exhibition will offer a compelling and dramatic exploration of the Caribbean and its Diaspora from the Haitian Revolution to the present.
Using a variety of objects from the collections of distinguished international institutions and archives, the exhibition will explore the transformation experienced by the region from the late eighteenth century on.
Drawing upon new research of the last decades conducted here and abroad, the project will advance understanding of the Caribbean as a crossroads for the modern world within the Western hemisphere. It will break new ground in areas of scholarship that have been neglected, such as the intense and complex dialogue between the Caribbean and the United States.
Furthermore, it will address a series of themes inspired by geopolitical, ethnographic, historical and cultural events that have influenced the way the Caribbean looks--and the way it is imagined.
Saba Producing Animations On Marzban-Nameh
Iran Daily: Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute is producing animated adaptations of the Marzban-Nameh, a collection of Persian classic stories.
Entitled ‘Marzban-Nameh’, the 26-animation series is being directed by Behrouz Soltanifar, ISNA said.
The collection contains many stories narrated by animals, Soltanifar said.
The stories have been converted into a language comprehensible to children, he added.
‘Marzban-Nameh’ was written by Espahbod Marzban in the Hyrcanian language in the late 10th century. It was later translated into Persian by Sa’deddin Varavini in the 13th century.
Soltanifar said that the first episode lasting 15 minutes has been completed, and the team is working on the second episode.
Mehdi Matinzadeh, Mona Soltanifar, and Sanaz Arabi are other animators collaborating in this project.
Iranology section established at Georgian library
Tehran Times: The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia has recently established a section for Iranian studies.
The section opened on Monday during a special ceremony attended by a number of Iranian and Georgian officials, the Persian service of the IRNA reported.
Over 1000 books on Iranian geography, history and cultural attractions are available in the section, Iranian ambassador to Tbilisi said in a short speech during the ceremony.
A number of volumes of modern and classical Persian literature, over 100 DVDs of Iranian cultural education and a number of Iranian movies also are available in the section, Majid Saber added.
The Iranian cultural attaché’s office under the auspices of the Georgian National Center of Manuscripts opened an exhibition on the sidelines of the ceremony.
A collection of rare Persian manuscripts and copies of Iranian historical documents have been put on display at the weeklong show.
In addition, a collection of Iranian handicrafts and photos of Iranian tourist and historical attractions have also been showcased at the exhibit.
Over 3.5 million books in various languages are kept at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, which is the main book depository of the country.
ECI to hold cultural week on Khayyam in Kazakhstan
Tehran Times: The ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) will be holding a cultural week on Persian poet and mathematician Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
The cultural week will open at the Palace of Independence on June 14, the ECI announced in a press release on Tuesday
The ECI is affiliated with the Economic Cooperation Organization.
Several programs including exhibitions of calligraphy, miniature, and calligraphic-painting with the central theme of Khayyam have been arranged for the week.
The artworks have been created by Iranian masters Yadollah Kaboli, Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Nasrollah Afjeii, Reza Badrossama and Mohammad Heidari.
Poems from the Rubaiyat of Khayyam will be performed during concerts by Iranian singer Abdolhossein Mokhtabad.
In addition, a group of Iranian and Kazakh musicians will give performances, which will be conducted by ECI Music Department Director Arash Amini.
ECI Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi and a group of Iranian and Kazakh cultural officials are expected to attend the opening ceremony.
Omar Khayyam was one of the most prominent scholars of medieval times, with remarkable contributions in the fields of mathematics and astronomy. His worldwide fame today mainly comes from a number of quatrains attributed to him that have tended to overshadow his brilliant scientific achievements.
ECI to hold cultural week on Omar Khayyam in Kazakhstan
Presstv: The ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) is slated to mount a cultural week on Persian poet and mathematician Omar Khayyam in the capital city of Kazakhstan, Astana.
According to the ECI, Khayyam cultural festival is scheduled to kick off at the Palace of Independence to commemorate one of the most eminent Iranian scholars of medieval time.
ECI director Hojjatollah Ayyoubi and a number of Iranian and Kazakh cultural officials will attend the opening ceremony on June 14, 2012.
The event will showcase various artworks of calligraphy, miniature, and calligraphic-painting focusing on the theme of Khayyam.
Many of the works have been created by the Iranian masters such as Yadollah Kaboli, Gholam-Hossein Amirkhani, Nasrollah Afjei, Reza Badrossama and Mohammad Heidari.
Several Poems extracted from Khayyam’s The Rubaiyat will be performed during the concerts presented by Iranian veteran singer Abdolhossein Mokhtabad.
ECI Music Department Director Arash Amini is to conduct the programs presented by a group of Iranian and Kazakh musicians.
Omar Khayyam (1048-1131 CE), the Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and poet, is also popularized in the West through the translation of his magnum opus The Rubaiyat.
He is known to the English-speaking readers through his 101-verse semi-narrative quatrains translated by English writer Edward FitzGerald.
Khayyam also reformed the Iranian calendar, and is believed to have proposed a heliocentric theory well before Copernicus.
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