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Iranian Heritage Weekend

Iranian Dancers

Join us for the 4th Iranian Heritage Weekend

Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25

Enjoy a full day of Iranian cultural celebration with live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more!

Click here for more details on the activities for Sunday, May 25.

Included with Museum admission.

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MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES
10:45 am to 4 pm
Level 1, Currelly Gallery

Live music and dance, including performances by:

10:45 am Bamdad Daf
11:00 am Opening Ceremonies
11:15 am Nobang Ensemble
12:00 pm Dance performances by:
Ladan Loft
Iana Komarnytska
Kamand Dance Group
Araz Dance Group
12:40 pm Arya Saaber, violinist
1:00 pm Dance performances by:
Aftaab Dance Group
Farnoosh Dance Group
Mayn Dance Group
1:45 pm Barbaad Ensemble
2:15 pm Sina Bathaie Ensemble
2:40 pm Medhi Rezania, santur
Iana Komarnystska, dance
 2:45 pm Manelli Jamal, solo acoustic
guitarist
 3:15 pm Arya Saaber, violinist
 3:35 pm Dance performances by:
Boostan Dance
Yasmine & Mateo
Kamand Dance Group
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KIDS ACTIVITIES
11 am to 4 pm
Level 1, Queen's Park Rotunda

Families can celebrate Iranian heritage together with themed crafts and activities. Take home a craft or enjoy face painting with designs inspired by our Wirth Gallery of the Middle East!


GALLERY TOUR: THE MIDDLE EAST
Meet in Chen Court on Level 1
11 am & 1:30 pm

Discover the cradle of civilization! With over 1,000 artifacts, the rich history of the Middle East will be brought to life.

FAMILY TOUR:
MEDIEVAL TIMES IRAN
Meet in Chen Court on Level 1
12 pm & 2 pm

Hear  the tale of King Bahram Gur hunting a Dragon, a popular story from Medieval Iran!

GALLERY TOUR: GREECE & EGYPT
Meet in Chen Court on Level 1
1 pm & 3 pm

The rise and fall of the Persian Empire in Egypt and Greece!

Join ROM Educator, Deirdre Keleher, and follow the history of the great Persian Empire. Deirdre worked on an archaeological excavation in Egypt, under the direction of Dr. D. B. Redford (Pennsylvania State University), at the site of Mendes which was conquered during the Persian occupation of Egypt.


INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP:
ANCIENT PERSIA
Digital Gallery, Level 1
11 am to 3 pm

Discover the wonders of the ancient world in this hands-on-interactive workshop and digital presentation. Examine artifacts reflecting the rich culture of ancient Persia and the Mediterranean World. All ages welcome.


FILM SCREENINGS
Eaton Theatre, Level B1 - East

  • 12 pm to 1 pm
    Enjoy a selection of Iranian films from the Eastern Breeze International Film Festival!
     
  • 1 pm to 1:30 pm
    The Garden of Earthly Delights
    Director: Kayhan Mortezavi

    The Garden of Earthly Delights introduces Coffeehouse Art, a dying and a very masculine style of ancient Iranian painting, through the eyes of artist Mitra Ghavamian. Join the director and artist for a special Q&A following the screening.

FILM SCHEDULE (PDF)


AUTHOR PRESENTATION
Eaton Theatre, Level B1 - East
2 pm to 3 pm

Join us for a special author's reading and presentation by Reza Zarghamee on his book Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World.

Reza Zarghamee brings multiple perspectives and deep knowledge to his account of the life of Cyrus the Great. His immersion in the ancient history of Iran started early with studyies in Old Persian cuneiform and courses in Zoroastrianism and Manichaenism. He attended Columbia University, studying Persian language and literature. He then received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where his writings included a comparison of ancient Near Eastern legal systems. Since then, he has continued his scholarly investigations of the era of Cyrus.


BOOK SIGNING
Eaton Theatre, Level B1 - East
3 pm to 4 pm

Join author Reza Zarghamee, Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World for a special book signing. Books will be available for purchase in the Theatre Rotunda courtesy of ROM Boutique.

Some of the most fascinating human epochs lie in the borderlands between history and mystery. So it is with the life of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire in the sixth century bce. He brought under his rule a dominion stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Hindu Kush and encompassing some tens of millions of people.


MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES
12 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, Level 3
        12pm - Bamdad Daf
    4:15 pm - Boostan Kids Group
     
  • European Rotunda, Level 3
          2pm - Bamdad Daf
     2:30pm - Windermere String Quartet
          3pm - Dosaz Music Band
    4:15pm - Maral Ensemble

FAMILY WORKSHOPS:
PERSIAN MUSIC & DANCE
Classroom 3 & 4, Level 1
1pm to 3:30pm

  • 1 pm - Persian Music
    Get hands-on with Persian musical instruments! Learn the history and traditions of this art from musician and composor Mehdi Rezania.

     
  • 2 pm - Kurdish Dance
    Have fun learning the traditional dances of Kurdistan.
     
  • 3 pm - Azeri Dance
    Discover the traditional dances of Azerbaijan.

DISPLAYS & INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
Bronfman Hall, Level 2
11 am to 4 pm

  • LIVE PERFORMANCES
    11 am to 3 pm
    Enjoy musical performances by:
    - Sarang
    - Do Saz
    - Bamdad Daf
    - Boostan (Kids Poetry)
    - Maral

     
  • ARTIFACTS: THE ISLAMIC WORLD
    11 am to 3 pm
    Get close to items from our teaching collections with a touch table of Middle Eastern and Islamic artifacts. Enjoy a hands-on experience and hear the stories from our ROM Teacher that will make history come to life!

     
  • ROM EXPLORERS CLUB STATION
    11 am to 3 pm
    Drop by on Iranian Heritage Weekend, complete your Explorers Club activity and receive a bonus stamp.

    ROM Explorers Club is a fun and exciting way for children of ROM Members to experience the ROM! More information
     

  • PERSIAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS DISPLAY
    Try your hand at playing a variety of Persian instruments!
     
  • PERSIAN HANDISCRAFTS DEMONSTRATION
    Artisan Golriz Khatami from the Pars Art Gallery will demonstrate traditional khatam kari maquetry.
     
  • MINIATURE PAINTING DEMONSTRATION
    Try painting your own miniature with the instruction of artist Sedigheh Saleki.
  • CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITS
    Enjoy the works of Iranian Canadian artists including:

    • Irene Monique Selehi
      Irene studied at the Art University of Tehran, Iran. She has received several awards for her work including the prestigious 2014 Marty's Award in the Established Visual Arts category.  Each unqiue silk painting can take months to complete. Themes of nature, social issues, and her own personal experiences drive the meaning behind every creation.
       
    • Matin Soeizi
      Matin has studied under the supervision of various artists in Iran. Yet only a year ago she started her practice in Miniature and Tazhib, which are styles of traditional Persian art, under the supervision of Master Alijan Alijanpour. Combining these two styles allows Matin to take pleasure in following the restricted rules of Tazhib while using the unique quality of Miniature that allows her to detach herself from reality
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    • Mitra Ghavamian
      Mitra’s paintings of legends from various cultures in the Persian Coffeehouse style is a modern version of a nearly obsolete art form. Naghashi Ghahvekhane (coffeehouse painting) derives from the fact that these works were painted on the walls of Iranian coffeehouses. Mitra revives the ancient art with a modern twist and Canadian elements.
  • PERSIAN CLAY SCULPTING
    Meet Parisa Yazdanjoo, visual artist and teacher at the Kingston School of Art. Enjoy the history of Ancient Persia as you learn how to make Persian sculptures that are Inspired by clay figures and pottery on display in our Wirth Gallery of the Middle East. Create your own unique piece of art inspired by Ancient Iran!
     
  • PERSIAN CALLIGRAPHY
    Meet calligraphist Tina Rouhandeh and discover this ancient art! Be introduced to the tools of the trade, learn the Persian alphabet then try your own hand at calligraphy and take home your name in Persian.

DINING
11 am to 4:30pm
Level B1 - West, Druxy's ROM Café

Enjoy Iranian themed specials in Druxy's ROM Café.

Diverse meals provide fresh, healthy, affordable choices for the whole family.


SHOPPING
10 am to 6 pm
Level 1, ROM Boutique

Take home a memento of Iranian Heritage Weekend from ROM Boutique.

Persian Pottery in the First Global Age: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries is available for purchase through ROM Boutique.

On Sunday, May 25 at 2pm in Eaton Theatre, join Dr. Lisa Golombek, Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art), for a special presentation and book launch.


Iranian Heritage Weekend is organized by the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Iranians Community Group.

Location

Royal Ontario Museum

Bloor Street (main entrance)

Contact

416.586.8000
info@rom.on.ca


Iranian Heritage Weekend - Biographies
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Dancers
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Iranian Heritage Weekend is organized by the Royal Ontario Museum and theToronto Iranians Community Group.


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