0305 GMT April 06, 2020
Following the designation of Mashhad and Lalejin as the global cities of gemstones and pottery respectively in 2016 by the World Crafts Council, two festivals will be organized in the Iranian cities correspondingly on Aug. 9 and Aug. 13 to mark the event, IRNA reported.
Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar and his deputy, Bahman Namvar-Motlaq, as well as jurors from Australia and Oman are to attend both festivals.
The designations by the World Crafts Council will provide a valuable opportunity for promoting activities pertaining to precious and semi-precious stones and pottery in the cities. It will also help upgrade Iran's global status in the field of handicrafts.