Photo Gallery of 2017 Persian Arts Festival | Photos by Mark Feghali

11th Annual Nowruz Celebration Program Schedule Announced



National Sawdust | 80 N. 6th Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn

10am + 12pm – Family Program

“Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King”, by Hamid Rahmanian

A Persian folk tale brought to life through live music, narration and shadow puppetry by Hamid Rahmanian, the creator of the critically acclaimed “Feathers of Fire“. Taken from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh or Book of Kings, this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King. Performance will be followed by a shadow puppet-making workshop.

3pm: Doors | 4pm: Panel 

Banned: Iranian Diaspora Arts as a Force for Rapprochement

Panel will feature scholar Kathryn Spellman Poots, whose work has focused on the Iranian Diaspora and transnational migration networks, Mahyad Tousi, Co-founder of BoomGen Studios whose work includes Reza Aslan’s recently premiered television show, “Believer”, Persian tar virtuoso, Sahba Motallebi, and Siamak Ghahremani, founder of West Coast’s Noor Iranian Film Festival. Moderated by Carla P. Cota.

5pm: Film + Dinner

Screenings curated by Los Angeles’s Noor Iranian Film Festival featuring “No Land’s Song” by Ayat Najafi and “The Role of Each Fret” by Maryam Farahzadi.

Persian-Fusion Cuisine created by acclaimed chef Patrick Connolly from Rider Restaurant will be on the menu for purchase and served to your seat during the film festival. Join the Brooklyn trend and dine while enjoying the films!

7:45pm: Music by Sahba Motallebi

Our evening presentation will conclude with a music performance by Persian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi accompanied by percussionist Nagmeh Farmhand.

Sponsors include The American Institute of Iranian Studies and Noor Film Festival

PAF Presents: SHURKA BAZAAR – following NY Persian Parade

shurkaheaderOn April 14, 2013, in honor of Persian Parade’s 10th year anniversary, Shurka Bazaar will transform Madison Avenue, alongside Madison Square Park, into an urban oasis.  A Persian Bazaar of ancient times.  A fantastical experience of being transported to a destination through a cultural immersion, vivid as a memory and true to the imagination, yet far from anything one has ever experienced.

The event is free to the general public and is being held on Sunday, April 14, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Street.  Shurka Bazaar will attract a widely diverse audience that are global-minded and culture seeking consumers.  We anticipate over 140,000 visitors.  Immediate awareness and hype will be generated by our marketing campaign, thus delivering your brand to the savvy urban consumer.

Featured vendors include:

We are looking for all kinds of interesting vendors, Persian and non-Perisan vendors.  If you are interested in more info, please contact us.