The festival program includes four visual arts exhibitions including the work of the renowned international art master Mohsen Vaziri, four musical performances including the popular Canadian rock band Soul Nidus and screening of a selection of the best Iranian short films and documentaries, including the work of Seifollah Samadian. The program also includes interactive workshops, screenplay readings, story-telling and networking events as well as a dusk-to-dawn continuous projection of short films and selected art works for the public.
A daily electronic bulletin, Eastern Breeze, will be issued from September 19th to November 2nd with in-depth coverage of the program, incisive art critique, cultural insight, a spot light on the artist of the day, bios, interview and more.
“Our aim is to promulgate the vibrant cultural and intellectual contribution of the growing Canadian-Iranian community and to preserve the Iranian cultural heritage,” says the festival curator, Pooyan Tabatabaei – the young Canadian-Iranian photo journalist recognized by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada in 2011 for his courage in exposing crimes against humanity. ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art’ will be a conduit for cultural exchange with the Canadian art circles and a vehicle for interaction amongst artists. This event will broadcast the voice of Canadian-Iranian artists to a larger audience, facilitate cultural dialogue and help integrate Iranian-Canadian artists in the vibrant multi-cultural art scene in Canada.
“This series of exhibitions rises above political references and concerns to focus on the equalization of cultures… an enthusiasm that ranges from modernism to the post-modern conversation currently engaged in the light of cultural diversity that makes up the Canadian demographic,” said Julie Oakes, Art Critic about the first ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art’ festival that was held 2007. The 2012 festival promises to be even better, featuring a wider selection of artists and more local support from within the Canadian-Iranian community as well as the local art community in Toronto.
Join us for the 2012 ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art’ festival at Queen Gallery located at 382 Queen Street East in Toronto starting September 21st for a celebration of Iranian art that is sure to become the next cultural sensation of Toronto.
Source: Queen Gallery