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The Resonance of Tradition and Innovation: HOMAYOUN SHAJARIAN and ANOUSHIRAVAN ROHANI

On the exclusive evenings of May 11th and 12th, 2024, the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles was not just a venue but a gateway to a realm of musical enchantment. The performances by Homayoun Shajarian and Anoushiravan Rohani, accompanied by the Siavash Group, were not just part of a global tour but a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the audience to witness the enduring charm and evolving nature of Iranian music up close.

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Toomaj Salehi: The Defiant Voice of Protest and Freedom in Iranian Rap

Toomaj Salehi is a beacon of defiance and resilience against oppression in Iranian rap. Born on December 3, 1990, in Isfahan to Bakhtiari parents, Salehi's early life was marked by hardship. His father, a political prisoner, spent eight years incarcerated by the Islamic Republic, while his mother succumbed to cancer when he was just twelve. Raised in such an environment, Salehi grew up acutely aware of the oppressive realities of life under a regime that stifles freedom.

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FINCHÉ NON SAREMO LIBERE (UNTIL WE ARE FREE)

Brescia, Italy – In a world where women's rights continue to be a pressing issue, an upcoming exhibition at the Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia is set to shed light on the treatment of women globally, with a particular focus on Iran. Titled "Finché non siamo libere" (Until We Are Free), this thought-provoking exhibition will run from November 11th, 2023, to January 28th, 2024.

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Nicky Nodjoumi: Let’s Talk

Born in Kermanshah, Iran, in 1942, Brooklyn-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi has developed a significant career that seamlessly integrates art with themes of global political discourse. His educational odyssey commenced at the Tehran University of Fine Arts and culminated with a Master's in Fine Arts from The City College of New York in 1974. His return to Tehran, joining the faculty of his alma mater, marked a pivotal moment in his artistic journey.

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“Tales of New York”: A Deep Dive into Hossein Edalatkhah’s Artistic Odyssey 

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Hossein Edalatkhah stands as a luminous figure in contemporary art, especially as the first openly gay artist to exhibit in Iran during the challenging times of the late '90s. His audacious advocacy for gay rights through his artistry eventually led to his exile in 2010. Now based in New York, Edalatkhah remains unwavering in championing LGBTQ+ rights.

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Interview with Afarin Mansouri

Afarin Mansouri, an acclaimed composer and opera artist, seamlessly blends her Iranian heritage with Western influences. She has received numerous accolades, including the Canada 150 Medal and the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. Her compositions have been featured in prestigious publications like The Globe & Mail, BBC World, and Opera Canada. Afarin's recent focus has been creating groundbreaking operas that bridge cultures using language, poetry, and traditional instruments. She founded the Cultureland Opera Collective, amplifying underrepresented voices in the arts.

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