Photos: Hiking in Iran – From Lake Neor to Soobatan

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.

Sources: Jamejam Online | Images (Photos: A. Niyati), Payvand News of Iran, Dream of Iran

Photos: Iran’s national rafting team qualifyers

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.

Sources: IRNA | Photos, Mehr News Agency | Photos, Tasnim News Agency | Photos, Fars News Agency | Photos, ICF (Iran Canoeing, Rowing & Sailing Federation) | News

Hamid Saeid: Iranian musician

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):

Source: Autentic | Dingomaro – Iran’s Black South

French mathematician Cedric Villani, 2010 Fields Medal winner, visited Iran

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.

Villani’s visit to Sharif University of Technology: Sharif University of Technology | News
Villani’s visit to University of Tehran: University of Tehran | News

Related article:
The other Iran | Photos: Graduation ceremony of Sharif University of Technology

Sources: School of Mathematics, IPM | Visitors | Villani (PDF), Jamejam Online | Images (Photos: jjo.ir / A. Taherkenareh)

Contemporary posters by Swiss graphic designers displayed at Tehran exhibit

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.

Sources: Tehran Times | News, Mehr News Agency | Photos, Iranian Artists Forum | Gallery (Photos: Leila Ebrahimi), Iranian Artists Forum | News (Photos: Leila Ebrahimi), Mehr News Agency | News

Interview with German cellist Anja Lechner about her concerts in Iran

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

Sources: Iran Front Page | Interviews, musicboard.ir | Anja Lechner Apr. 2015 (Photos: Ali Tajik), Mehr News Agency | News

Photos: Women polo competition in Tehran, Iran

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.

Sources: Mehr News Agency | Photos 1, Mehr News Agency | Photos 2, Polo Federation of Iran | News 2015.05.17, Polo Federation of Iran | News 2014.03