Persian Arts Festival Co-Presents MEHREGAN: NYC Literary + Culinary Arts Festival on 10/25/14

NYC Literary and Culinary Arts Festival Highlights Iranian-American Experience 
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 Mehregan is a new Iranian-American literary and culinary arts festival celebrating the ancient Iranian holiday marking the coming of Fall. This first annual New York City-based festival will take place Saturday, October 25, 2014 (11am – 9pm) at Café Nadery in Greenwich Village.

Mehregan honors the change of seasons with a day of events by prominent Iranian-American writers, foodies, and musicians. Authors featured include Tara Bahrampour (Washington Post journalist and author of the memoir To See and See Again), Roger Sedarat (poet and author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic), Amir Parsa (author of Divan and Open Epic) and Sara Goudarzi (poetry featured in Taos Journal of International Poetry, Drunken Boat, and The Adirondack Review). Journalist and food writer Leila Darabi (Tehran Bureau, everydaytrash.com) will read and invite participants to be interviewed about their experiences with Iranian cooking.

The festival offers a new take on contemporary Iranian-American culture with personal stories of coming of age, identity, family, nostalgia, and who makes the best tahdig (crunchy rice).

Mehregan will also feature videos of shows from the golden age of Iranian TV, a Pomegranate Peel-Off challenging participants to take apart the convoluted fruit for prizes, and a special performance of Iranian pop/funk hits from the 60s and 70s by members of the Farsi-funk music group, Mitra Sumara. 

“By featuring food, literature and music from Iran and the Iranian diaspora, Mehregan brings together the best that our culture has to offer. New Yorkers of all backgrounds are in for a treat.”
– Leila Darabi, journalist and writer.

Mehregan will broaden people’s understanding of Iranian-American culture and experience. Through accessible and eclectic events, Mehregan will create a collaborative environment that showcases a shared culture.

Café Nadery 16 West 8th Street, New York, NY 

Tickets: $15 / day pass; $40 day pass plus special dinner.

Mehregan is an Iranian-American festival showcasing Iranian-American culture and experience through literary and food memoir readings, contests and interviews, nostalgia films, and music. Produced by Persian Cardinal Productions in partnership with Persian Arts Festival and hosted by Café Nadery. http://cafenaderyny.com/ and http://persianartsfestival.org/ and event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/691382260955821/#

Norooz Celebration! Mar. 22 | 7pm | Brooklyn, NY

Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore in collaboration with
Persian Arts Festival Present:

Norooz Celebration
Thurs, March 22nd
7 – 11 pm

VII Gallery | 28 Jay Street | DUMBO Brooklyn

Bowery Arts + Science, City Lore and the PAF ring in the Persian New Year in DUMBO, with contemporary literary and musical performances that will delight all ages and backgrounds. Come together and celebrate the wealth and beauty of Persian art and culture!

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Featuring:

Multi-media performances by poets on the subjects of life, death, homeland and love. Poets include Roger Sedarat, Sara Goudarzi, Amir Parsa and Kaveh Bassiri. Poems will be projected in Persian morphing into English translations from the roof of the POEMobile, a hand-painted truck and traveling cinema of words, onto DUMBO’s buildings and streets surrounding VII Gallery!

Film viewing of Niloufar Talebi’s The Persian Rite of Spring: the story of Nowruz
Clips  available for viewing here.

Musical performance by Middle East-meets-Brooklyn band, Vatan.

Performance Art – Iranian Greek American conceptual artist, Aphrodite Desiree Navab will perform “The Metamorph.” Materials: artist’s body, chador, mat, Scarlatti sonata in F minor K 466, haftsin.

Bowery Arts + Science, Ltd. is grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for its New York City Cultural Innovation Fund award.

Sponsors:

PAF thanks this year’s music performance sponsor: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

Other promotional sponsors include New York University Persian Club, Persian Mirror, Columbia Iranian Students Association, Shabeh Jomeh, Network of Iranian Professionals of New York (NIPONY), Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW), Oznoz Entertainment.

About Persian Arts Festival:

Founded in 2005, the Persian Arts Festival (PAF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the magnificence and diversity of Persian art and culture through its voices, artists and visionaries. PAF brings local and global communities together to support these artists and explore one of the world’s most ancient and rich civilizations. The festival gives audiences of all ages and traditions the chance to discover new Persian voices and celebrate established ones. Areas represented at previous events have included fine art, music, film, comedy, family activities and literary.

The Persian Arts Festival is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). NYFA is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the arts community throughout New York State to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines.

About the POEMobile:

This performance is one in a series of poetry events composing A White Wing Brushing the Building, a Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore project highlighting the poetry of New York City’s ethnic communities and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Grant. The project will focus on the poetry of 8 cultural communities in New York in 2011 and 8 in 2012, with the majority of the events happening during the summer. The titular “white wing” is taken from a poem by Martín Espada and refers to the projections of the poems that are integral part of the project as well as the live poetry readings which will happen in each of the communities.

To date, White Wing has hosted projections and poetry performances in the languages of the Lower East Side (Yiddish, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Cantonese) at the New Museum’s Festival of New Ideas and new work by Native American poets at the American Indian Community House and by Greek at Federation of Hellenic Societies in Astoria. Additional 2011collaborating communities included Mexican, Haitian, and Nuyorican; the POEMobile also appeared at the 2011 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival. The events are stand alone programs but unified by the common elements of the poetry projections, which will reach the city’s neighborhoods—its storefronts, its basketball courts, its warehouse walls—from the POEMobile.

An invitation to participate in “The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York”, by Amir Parsa

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“An invitation to TAKE PART in Amir Parsa’s unfolding Kanto I.2, ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’ on amirparsa.net.

You can contribute to this scriptage and cumulation starting now and on June 12 from 9 to 3 east. with live exchanges while Amir and friends meander though Paris streets with stops at specific sites, reading and writing multiple parallel narratives.

HERE’S HOW:
a/help begin, write and end parallel fragments of kantô I.2;
b/comment or critique;
c/interpret;
d/chronicle;
e/whatever else you fancy, and/or
f/any possible hybrids (that should cover everything!) to get a new type of text.

For more info, go to amirparsa.net and ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’.”