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Contemporary Iranian Literature, Translation and Performance Workshop

Date: Friday 1st March 2019
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: : The University of Edinburgh (Room Name TBC on booking)
The Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh is partnering with Visiting Arts and Comma Press on a special workshop session unpicking contemporary literature in Persian and English from award winning Iranian writers followed by a performative exploration of text with Dr Azin Haghighi, theatre maker Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh. The workshop will involve a reading and analysis in terms of language, themes, context and style of contemporary short fiction and work for stage. The group will then investigate the convergence of literature, performance and film - developing and presenting the original material together.

Apply for a place at this workshop by sending your CV and an expression of interest to Sophia

Iranian Textiles and Jewellery

Date: Saturday 2nd March 2019
Time: 14:00–15:15
Venue: The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, EH1 1JF (Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4)
Entry: FREE Admission (Ticketed, age 14+ only)
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Join curator Dr Friederike Voigt as she leads a viewing of our collections of Baluch embroideries and Turkmen jewellery, both culturally significant crafts from West and Central Asia. Friederike will be joined by textile students from Edinburgh College of Art, who have researched these collections to create their own unique designs.

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The Shah’s Wardrobe – How to dress in 17th century Isfahan (By Jennifer M. Scarce)

Date: Sunday 3rd March 2019
Time: 18:00-19:00
Venue: The Nomads Tent, 21 St Leonard's Ln, EH8 9SH
Entry: FREE Admission (Drop-In)
The Safavid period (1501-1736) is often described as the “golden age” of Persian art, mainly during the reign of Shah Abbas I (r. 1587-1629). From 1598 onwards he created a new capital in Isfahan through a lavish building programme of mosques and palaces both centred on a magnificent city square and located in spacious gardens.  He promoted a dense network of trade routes linking South-East Asia and the Far East to Europe exploiting Iran’s monopoly of the production of luxurious silk textiles woven in both state-controlled and private workshops  in to brocades, taffetas and velvets for both domestic and foreign markets.  English, Dutch, French and Russian merchants and commercial companies, and later diplomats, travellers and artists soon followed all attracted by the opportunities offered by Isfahan.  Through their reports and illustrated memoires, together with surviving textiles, garments, Persian manuscript sources and paintings, it is possible to observe the richly dressed and fashionable men and women of Isfahan who spent extravagantly on their wardrobes as Shah Abbas intended as part of his campaign to promote Iran’s textile industry.

This talk will describe and illustrate the dress culture of Safavid Isfahan through surviving examples of textiles and garments supplemented by both Persian and European visual and literary evidence.

Jennifer M. Scarce, Honorary Lecturer, Middle Eastern Cultures,  Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design,(DJCAD), University of Dundee.

Iranian Bagpipe Workshop and Discussion Panel

Date: Sunday 3rd of March
Time: 10:00-11:00
Venue: The Nomads Tent, 21 St Leonard’s Ln, EH8 9SH
Entry: FREE (Drop-In)
Do you play bagpipe music? Have you ever wanted to try? Come and have a taster session in this workshop and learn about the Iranian bagpipe, ney-anban. Iranian ney-anban maestro, Mohsen Sharifian, will present his research on this instrument, in a post-workshop discussion.

Music for Wellness Drumming Workshop
Date: Wednesday 6th of March 2019 
Time: 28:00 – 19:00  
Venue: Google Digital Garage, 42 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RT
Entry: FREE but you need to book via eventbrite

Box Office: Click here to book.

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