The City of Stars
The 10 th most populous city of Iran, Kermānis home to numerous historical mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. Kermān neighbors Lut Desert on the north and east, Bam and Jiroft cities on the south and the cities of Ravar, Zarand, Rafsanjan and Bardesir in the west.
Because of its proximity to Lut Desert, Kermān has hot summers and winters with very cold night temperatures. Some of Kermān’s surrounding mountains are snow-topped all year round. There are several accounts about the history of the city. In Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Book of Kings), which recounts Iran’s mythical and historical past, the righteous Kiani King Kay Khosrow (Keykhosro) gave this city to the legendary hero Rostam as a reward for his services. Kianian are the second Aryan dynasty after the Pishdadian in Persian folklore.
Based on the remains of several Sassanid (224-651 CE) structures namely Ardashir Castle and Dokhtar Castle, which is believed to have been temple dedicated to the Persian water Goddess Anahita, it is believed that Ardashir I the Unifier (180-242 CE), the founder of the Sassanid empire, built this city as a military outpost named Gavashir. Ardashir I is said to have turned Kermān into a flourishing city and made his son its governor.
When Marco Polo visited the city in the 13th century, Kermān was a major trade emporium linking the Persian Gulf with Khorāsān and Central Asia.
Kermān has a number of attractions including the extravagant Qajar era (1785-1925) Ghaffari and Aminian Houses, the Seljuq era (1038-1118) Malek Mosque, the Muzaffarid era (1314–1393) Jāme Mosque, the Harandi Garden, the Moshtaqieh Dome and a Pahlavi era (1925-1979) Fire Temple.
Perhaps the most famous of Kermān’s attractions is the Ganj-Ali Khan Complex next to the Kermān Grand Bazaar. This Safavid era (1501–1736) complex consists of a square, bazaar, bathhouse, mosque, Ab-Anbar (water reservoir), mint and a monument.
Tehran International Book Fair
Date : 24 Apr-04 May 2019
Venue : Imam Khomeini Musalla
Enjoying a quarter-century experience, Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) is a great cultural event in which publishers from all over the world along with a large number of domestic participants take part to exhibit their new titles in different subject areas. That makes the latest quality collection of books available to the educated and professional communities in the country. In addition to publishers and distributors, librarians with library equipments, governmental and private cultural institutes, experts on Iranian publications suitable for international communities, and cultural sections of international organizations and foreign embassies in Tehran participate in the Fair and introduce their products and the manifestations of their fields of interest.
This cultural event, scheduled in May every year, has been sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the last 31 years. However, in the recent years, publishers’ associations and unions have played a key role in managing the national division of the Fair.
Timings : 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Website : www.tibf.ir/en
Fajr International Film Festival
Date :18th - 26th April 2019
Founded in 1982, Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s largest annual film festival held in Tehran. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to quality local and international films. Since its establishment, Fajr International Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema. Every year, veteran directors and new filmmakers devotedly present their works in the festival.
Over the years, Fajr has been honored by numerous great film figures who have also worked closely with the festival as respectable Jury Members, such as Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov, just to name a few among other influential figures.
Furthermore, a few of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking films, made by great filmmakers in the prime of their career, that were honored and awarded in different sections of the festival include, MABOROSI NO HIKARI by Hirokazu Kore-eda, LA PROMESSE by Dardenne Borthers, CLOUDS OF MAY by Nuri Bulge Ceylan, 23 by Hans-Christian Schmid, RESSOURCES HUMAINES by Laurent Cantet, NAPOLA by Dennis Gansel, THE RETURN by Andrey Zvyagintsev, LIVES OF THE OTHERS by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck and so forth.
During different editions of Fajr, brilliant auteur filmmakers such as Costa-Gavras, Francesco Rosi, Theo Angelopoulos, Mario Monicellli, Moustapha Akkad, Darius Khondji, etc… have taken part in the festival and have been presented with lifetime achievement awards.
Tehran International Tourism Exhibition
Date: 12-15 Feb 2019
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