Iranian Cuisine, Dance & Arts - 22 to 28 August 2011
Iranian Week Schedule
Persian Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 27 August 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Persian Music, Dance, Calligraphy
Saturday 27 August 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 28 August 11.00am - 2.00pm
A Talk about Persian Rugs
Wednesday 24 August - 11.00 am, and also at 1.00 pm
Saturday 27 August 11.00am
Persian Poetry Session in English
Thursday 25 August - 12.30 to 1.30
Persian Movie (Salam Rugby)
Sunday 28 August - 2.00pm
Sale of Pre-packaged Iranian Food
Monday 22 August - Sunday 28 August
Full details: Notes on Iran Week
Persian Poetry Session in English on Thursday 25th August from 12.30 - 1.30
The poems are recited by David Gillmore. David is a Kiwi and most passionate about Iranian literature and poetry. Minoo Meimand will chair the session. She is one of Iranian committee members. A poem each from the collections of Rumi, Simin Behbahani and Forough Farokhzad are selected and read in English.
The selected poets represent the traditional and modern, male and female styles and perspectives. David and Minoo have selected poems that are short in length to fit in within the length of the session.
There will be time for Q&A.
A number of literature and poetry books will be available for viewing at the main table throughout the Iran week.
Salam Rugby is the story of women‘s rugby in Iran. The sport is relatively new in the country but it has been growing rapidly. Over a 7000 km journey across Iran, we meet some of the women who are helping spread an alien sport. Movie screening - Sunday 28 August at 2.00pm
Qashqai are Iran’s largest group of nomadic people. They traditionally travel each year with their flocks from the summer highland pastures to warmer, lower lands in winter. Qashqai rugs are probably the most famous of all Persian tribal weavings.
Persepolis above, was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC). The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Imam Square above, is situated at the centre of Isfahan city, Iran. It was constructed between 1598 and 1629. It is an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.