6/12 Iranian Cultural Festival – Riverside Theater NYC

Iranian Village flier

The landmark Riverside Theater in NYC is hosting a day-long ‘IRANIAN Cultural Festival’ on Saturday June 12, 2010. This is a non-political community festival to celebrate the arts and culture of Iran, and is OPEN and FREE to all. This is a chance to introduce Iran properly to different communities.

Programming includes:

Wedding Sofreyeh Aghd display
Seasonal shrines display: Haft-Seen etc.
Books and educational displays
Face painting and other children’s programming
Traditional/Mahali costumes
Divination through Persian poetry (Faleh Hafez)
DVD of historical sites such as Persepolis, etc.
Ajeel/Shirini/foods for sale
Write your name in Persian and/or Calligraphy
Persian musical instruments and artifacts display
Backgammon display/workshop
Jewelry making

This FREE festival runs from 2-9 PM on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the Riverside Church, where Persian food will be available all day.

FREE musical and dance performances starting at 7 PM. Artists include Ballet Afsaneh dancers, spoken word/poetry/music by Niloufar Talebi and Bobak Salehi, and Sufi Rock by HAALE!

RIverside Theater New York City, 490 Riverside Drive New York, New

Wed. May 19 @ 6pm – PAF Shab-e She’r f. Amir Parsa

Wed, May 19 @ 6pm – 7:30pm

amir pic2Our May 19th Shab-e She’r series will feature Amir Parsa! An internationally acclaimed writer and poet, Amir Parsa is the author of over ten literary books, including Kobolierrot, Divan, Drive-by Cannibalism in the Baroque Tradition, Erre and the multilingual L’opéra minora. An uncategorizable body of work, Mr. Parsa’s oeuvre – written in English, French and Persian – has been presented and debated in galleries and museums, in streets and on rooftops, in broad daylight and in hiding, and at various festivals, events and curated venues around the world. Born in Tehran, Mr. Parsa holds degrees from Princeton and Columbia universities and currently lives in NY, where he directs creative education projects at MoMA and is a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute.

An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.  To sign up to read, please email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

This event will be streamed LIVE at http://www.bowerypoetry.com!

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern spin.  Our program expands what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. PAF and BPC continue to host readings of well-established and emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few.

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