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First Fair of Precious Books & Manuscripts
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The first fair accommodating works of 1st Festival of Precious Books and Manuscripts opened in five sections yesterday, February 12.

The ceremony was attended by artists and art and literature professors. Firstly the secretary of the Precious Books Festival Mahmoud Esmaeeli said:" Holding the Festival of Precious Books and Manuscripts is among the programs of the National Library and Archives which kicked off with the cooperation of UNESCO, the cultural deputy of Islamic Guidance and Guidance Ministry and the Academy of Arts.

He added:" The festival and the fair, which houses 540 works, are held in order to bestow identification to precious books in the print industry. However the word "Precious" is used

Fajr filmfest- intl.section winners
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The 29th edition of Iran's Fajr Film Festival has announced its winners during a ceremony held in the capital city of Tehran.

Lola by Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines won the Best Film Award of this year's International Competition section.

Iranian filmmaker Vahid Mousaian's Golchehreh won the especial award of the Inter-Religion category dedicated to films with religious themes.

18th World Book of the Year Prize
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18th World Book of the Year Award wrapped up yesterday, February 8, in Tehran's Vahdat hall.

The winners of the 18th edition are:

"Translation of Divan of Hafez into Bosnian" by Becir Dzaka from Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Kings of Kings – the Sassanids: Iran of the III – VII centuries in legends, chronicles and contemporary research" by historian Sergei Dashkov from Russia, "Al-Ghazali's philosophical theology" by Frank Griffle from Britain, "The Iranian languages" by Gernot Windfuhr from the United States, "The fertility transition in Iran: Revolution and reproduction" by

Iran’s visual arts festival opens
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The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the official inauguration of the 3rd Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts here on Sunday.

The Iranian Artists Forum, Niavaran Cultural Center, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran’s Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art, along with the art centers in 20 other provinces will be hosting the event, the public relations office of the festival reported on Saturday. Six foreign countries of Austria, Italy, Syria, France, the Netherlands and Ghana will be joining Iran in displaying Iranian visual artworks during the festival.

Festival of Antique Books
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The Festival of Iran's precious books and manuscripts will be held in order to develop the quality of the precious books in Iran, introducing Iranian manuscripts to Iranian and foreign readers and encouraging publishers to print precious books.

The manager of the Association of Cultural Heritage Photographers Saeed Mahmoudi Aznaveh said:" Usually in publishing photo books, the publishers gain the most advantage while their reasons are fair enough as well."

Pointing out to the limited readers of photo and precious books, he compared the print of photo books in Iran and foreign countries and added:" Usually in European countries these

10th Iran Print Awards
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More than 1500 works are being assessed in the 1st evaluation stage of the 10th Iran Print Awards.

The Award's secretary Masoud Farshi-farid said:" The works submitted to the award's secretariat were in a great level of quality and quantity." As the new section of Print project's management was added to the contest he added:" Print industry fellows have welcomed the section very warmly." Moreover the entrepreneurship section was added to the award as well, he said adding the 100 projects were submitted to the section.

As the works will be assessed some 30 works will be shortlisted as the winners. The 10th Print Festival Contest will be held in 3 sections; "Management of print projects", "Print methods and processes" and "Entrepreneurship".

Fajr Intl. Poetry Festival
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Organizers of the 5th Fajr International Poetry Festival selected 200 poems for its final entries on Friday. “Over 40,000 works were submitted to the secretariat of the festival from which 200 were selected for the final judgment,” said secretary of the program Mahmudreza Ekramifar.

The collection was chosen by 50 experts and the jury is reviewing the final list, he added. The two cities of Zanjan in Zanjan Province and Birjand in South Khorasan Province will be hosting the provincial sections of the festival, opening on February 6 and 7 respectively. Several provincial veteran poets are scheduled to be honored during the program.

29th international Fajr theater festival
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Veteran stage directors from different countries will present their plays during the 29th Fajr International Theater Festival. R

enowned German director Peter Stein will perform “Faust Fantasia” during the festival and the Italian stage director Romeo Castellucci will also perform one of his plays at the festival. He will also hold workshops at the festival.

According to agreements signed by two directors, the festival paid 50% of their expenses, the secretary of festival Mohammad Heydari mentioned in a press conference at the Tehran City Theater on Saturday. “We will also plan a joint project with these two great stage directors in the upcoming year,” he added. “Pandora 88” by Andrew Dawson (Germany, Canada), “Europeans” by Jiri Adamec (Czech) and “Women of Troy Calamities” by Salvatore Tramacere (Italy) are among the plays that will go on stage at the International Section.

Fajr filmfest announces lineup for two main sections
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The films that will compete at the Iran Cinema Section and also films that will go on screen at the International Section were announced by 29th Fajr International Film Festival.

The festival announced 32 films will compete at the Iran Cinema Section and one film may be added to the list. “Report of a Celebration” by Ebrahim Hatamikia, “Peaceful Streets” by Kamal Tabrizi, “A Sugar Cube” by Reza Mirkarimi, “Beloved Sky” by Dariush Mehrjuii,

78 books for children compete for Parvin award
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Of the 2035 children's titles submitted to the secretariat of the 4th Parvin Etesami Festival, 78 have been chosen to be screened by the panel of judges.

The works submitted to the 18-strong panel of judges for consideration were assessed in six sessions.

Of the 2035 books considered by the judges, 735 were authored works that only 24 of them made way to the final round of assessments.

The number comprised 16 works for children and 8 other for young adults. Moreover, 790 translation

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