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Saturday, 14 November 2009 07:38

Iran’s Ferdowsi Foundation has scheduled a variety of programs for the occasion of the registration of the Shahnameh millennium programs on UNESCO’s calendar of events for 2010.

Secretary General of the foundation Yaser Movahhedfar elaborated on Iran’s programs and proposals to UNESCO in a meeting held here on Tuesday. “There will be a special program on March 16 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. We also plan to hold a cultural week concurrent with the Noruz celebration. “Experts on Shahnameh are scheduled to get together. Compiling the first encyclopedia on Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, establishing a hall in the name of forty Iranian luminaries in UNESCO HQ, installing Ferdowsi statue, and holding an exhibition of works created based on Shahnameh are also among the programs. “Musical performances, an exhibition of tea-house paintings, pardehkhani (curtain-reading performance), naqqali (Iranian dramatic performance accompanied by traditional Iranian music), zurkhaneh (traditional sports clubs) performances as well as displaying a series of computer games based on the central theme of Shahnameh’s epic stories are also being arranged,” he added. Movahhedfar further remarked that the foundation is preparing several other long-term programs, “designing world awards on Ferdowsi, compiling pictorial books on Shahnameh stories, making musical productions, performing plays in different languages and performing epic symphonies are also on our agenda.” He also added that Iranian female experts on Shahnameh will be attending Shahnameh Cultural Week organized in Ottawa, Canada during the month of February.

The program is under the auspices of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), and the women’s groups of the Ferdowsi Foundation, he concluded.


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