Lake Neor, at an altitude of 2,700 meters above sea level, is located 48 km southeast of the city of Ardabil, Ardabil Province. The village of Soobatan, at 1,950 mamsl, is located 32km northwest of the city of Talesh, Gilan Province. The region is known for its breathtaking landscape.
According to the Iran Rowing Federation, the white water rafting competitions took place on the Zayandeh-Rood river, in Saman, Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari Province, in order to select the members that will compete for Iran’s national team in the upcoming international competition in Turkey.
Since his Internet hit, “Bad Shans” (hard luck), Hamid Saeid has become one of the best-known Iranian musicians with African roots. He’s traveled by motorbike across the province of Hormozgan, which is situated in the South of the country on the Persian Gulf, in order to realize his dream; to organize a concert with the best black musicians in the country. The documentary Dingomaro – Iran’s Black South by Kamran Heidari is a testimony of this trip.
Listen to Hamid Saeid performing Bad Shans (Hard luck):
Cédric Villani, French mathematician and 2010 Fields medalist, hold a lecture on “Synthetic theory of Ricci curvature; when Monge meets Riemann” at the 4th Meeting on Contemporary Mathematics at the School of Mathemtics, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM).
He also presented “Of planets, stars and eternity (stabilization and long-time behavior in classical celestial mechanics)” at Sharif University of Technology, University of Tehran and IPM-Isfahan.
About Cédric Villani
Cédric Villani is a professor of mathematics at Université de Lyon and the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. In 2010, Villani was awarded the Fields Medal for his proofs of nonlinear Landau damping and convergence to equilibrium for the Boltzmann equation. His other honors and awards include the Fermat Prize, the Henri Poincaré Prize of the International Association of Mathematical Physics, the Prize of the European Mathematical Society and the Jacques Herbrand Prize of the French Academy of Sciences.
The exhibition took place at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran and displayed fresh look at the typography, posters and contemporary Swiss design.
There were works by a number of Swiss graphic designers on display, including Flavia Cocchi, Nadine Kamber, Claude Kuhn, Felix Pfäffli, Melchior Imboden, Erich Brechbühl, K. Domenic Geissbühler, Megi Zumstein, Claudio Barandun, Jean-Benoit Levy and Roger Pfund.
Iranian artists Ebrahim Haghighi, Ghobad Shiva, Amrollah Farhadi, Saeed Babavand and Ambassador of Switzerland to Iran Giulio Haas attended to the opening ceremony.
Anja Lechner, along with François Couturier – a veteran French pianist, previously performed concerts with the Tarkovsky Quartet during the 28th Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran in February 2013 and she also joined Armenian pianist Artur Avanesov in February 2014 to perform Garden II composed by Hushyar Khayyam in Tehran.
The following is an excerpt of an interview with the German musician translated by Iran Front Page:
Ms. Lechner, have you had a good time in Iran?
I must answer your question in one word: absolutely. Its attractiveness has made me travel to Tehran for a third time. During my trips to Iran, I have found it easy to establish a bond with the local culture and traditions. If I research my genealogy, I might come across my Eastern stock.
Were you satisfied with your two performances at Niavaran Cultural Center?
First of all, I found it unusual to stage solo performances for two nights in a row; it’s uncommon even in places where there is a mass audience. All tickets were sold out for the two solo performances, something which I had never experienced throughout my musical career. It struck me as unusual. To me, it’s one of the reasons why I consider performing in Iran appealing.
How was your performance received?
What was more important than the packed house was the way the audience formed a bond with us. That how much listeners concentrate on the quality of performance or digest the music in a heartfelt manner differs from audience to audience. For instance, I have not seen it much in Germany or other countries. People there might have considerable knowledge of previous works, but they listen to music, relying more on their prior knowledge than listening to the music. Musicians do not experience what happens in Iran very often; particularly in my case, because I opted for pieces which had not been heard much.
Article about Lechner’s first 2015 performance at Niavaran, Tehran (in Persian):
Honaronline.ir | Anja Lechner at Niavaran
Complete interview by Ramin Sedighi (in Persian):
Honaronline interview with German cellist Anja Lechner
The Shirin Cup, a four team women polo tournament, is taking place on May 14 and May 21 at the Qasr-e Firoozeh Complex in Tehran. The referee of the competition is Tomás Guillermo Asher, coach and international referee from Argentina.
On Thursday, Khargoosh Darreh defeated Norooz Abad 3 to 2 and Qasr-e Firoozeh lost against Kanoon 1 to 5. The final round, on May 21, will have Kanoon facing Khargoosh Darreh for the first place of the tournament, while Qasr-e Firoozeh and Norooz Abad will be competing for the third place.
Another tournament, the Adab Polo Cup, was organized in March 2014, between Qasr-e Firoozeh and Norooz Abad, to enhance the handicap of novice women polo players. Qasr-e Firoozeh achieved first place winning 5 to 2.