On Saturday, November 19, 2011, the Iranian Community of Manitoba proudly presented Iran Art and Cultural Night, a cultural festival that focuses on traditional music, films, poetry and introduces new talent. This was an event not to forget as it had something for everyone.
By inviting local Iranian artists, writers, and poets, ICM has fostered a new community atmosphere which everyone seemed to enjoy. The talented Mrs. Saeedi Amjad was master of ceremonies and she welcomed all the guests and invited them to sing “Ay, Iran” in a karaoke style. Mr. Jozani’s presentation in memory of Hossain Panahi, an Iranian actor/screenwriter/poet mostly remembered for his quirky acting method. Panahi wrote several plays including “Two Ducks in the Mist”, “Two Big Ears of the Wall”, “Something Like Life”, “One Flower and Spring”, “Bibiyun”, and “The Prophets without Books.”
The night continued with the sounds of the santur, an instrument with deep roots in Iranian musical culture and tradition. Mr. Amiri is a composer and santur player and has traveled many countries to become a master of this unique musical instrument. His melodies and the sound of the santur filling the hall brought excitement to the joyful audience.
ICM’s President Mr. Kermani once again welcomed everyone and talked about the question of identity in a multicultural society. He encouraged community members to play a more active role in future ICM programs. A short break afterward was an opportunity for audience and the ACE committee members to mingle and discuss future ACE programs.
The second portion of the program included live music by Ms. Narges Ayatt and Shahab, a contest by Mrs. Solati, and a short film called “The Accordion” by Jaffar Panahi (another talented screenwriter and producer).
The ICM directors are very pleased with the response received for this event. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our very warm appreciation to our loyal and hard working volunteers (Aman Montazari, Mahmoud Azimaee, Behnam Naderi, Shabnam Shahfar, Reza Bazzi, Kourosh, Mrs. Soltani and Kareem Azad). As well, we extend our many thanks to all who have supported us and helped us to prepare and present the 2nd Iran Art and Cultural Festival.
Chair of ACE Committee