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Celebrate Persian Art at Norooz Art Festival

Because of the severe censorship in Iran during the past 30 years, many artists have chosen self-exile or remain in seclusion in Iran, working underground.  The Neda For Freedom Society (NFFS) presents a two-week Festival of Art in North Vancouver that will run through April 10.

Symbolizing the Persian New Year, Nowruz, which is a non-religious celebration of New Year, the rebirth of nature as the astronomical vernal equinox occurring around March 21, this show case of works, that due to censorship and extreme prejudice can not be shown in Iran, its titled “The Forbidden Arts for Iran”. All the artists were born in Iran and some still live there.

The fiancé of a young woman shot to death on the streets of Tehran is a guest speaker at the North Vancouver Centennial Theatre on Saturday as part of the Norooz Arts Variety show. Caspian Makan was engaged to university student Neda Agha Soltan who was killed during a rally to protest the alleged fraudulent Iranian election last summer.  Makan is a highlight of the festival. The Neda for Freedom Society is a non-profit human rights organization who is putting on the exhibition.  The festival includes comedy, poetry, music, dance, film and fine art.

There was an art gallery opening on March 27 and the festival runs to April 10. Here is the Festival program and more information can be found here:  neda.for.freedom@live.com or cafeforcontemporaryart@gmail.com

  • April 2 (6 – 9 pm) Persian Poetry Night  Cafe for Contemporary Art, 140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver
  • April 3 Neda for Freedom with Caspian Makan at the North Vancouver Centennial Theatre.  Tickets $15 at the door.
  • April 10 (6 – 9 pm) Film Screening  Cafe for contemporary Art, Cafe for Contemporary Art.

Works of Persian artists from Canada, Iran, UK, and Germany will be on display during the two week Norooz Art Festival.

Cafe for Contemporary Art

140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver

TEL: 778-340-3379


207-1760 Marine Drive, West Vancouver


POSTER courtesy Neda for Freedom Society (Merdad Rahbar/Ramin Joubin)

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