News ID: 232774
Published: 0336 GMT October 14, 2018

Iran, Philippines hold joint calligraphy exhibit

Iran, Philippines hold joint calligraphy exhibit

Iran-Philippines joint calligraphy exhibition 'Harbinger of Peace among Nations' is being held at the University of the Philippines, Manila to mark National Iranian Calligraphy Day (October 13) and is open until October 19.

Five joint calligraphy artworks authored by two Iranian and Filipino calligraphists are on display at the one-week-event held in two Filipino universities and a church in Manila.

Also on display are 10 Iranian pictorial calligraphies written in nastaliq style as well as another 10 Filipino ones in Tagalog (Baybayin), a local language spoken in the Philippines.

The exhibition is organized by Iran's Cultural Center in the Philippines, Society of Iranian Calligraphists (SIC), and Iran-Philippines Women's Friendship Society in the central library of University of Philippines.

Iran's Cultural Attaché in Philippines Mohammad Jafari-Malek, university officials, artists, and other art lovers participated in the opening ceremony of the event which is held on the occasion of the 68th foundation anniversary of Society of Iranian Calligraphists.

"Iranians have presented peace and friendship in their 7,000-year civilization and art," said Jafari-Malek in his inaugural speech.

"Calligraphy is a national art in Iran and is appreciated and learnt by a large number of Iranians," he noted.

An art professor at the University of the Philippines, Adelaida Figures said that the event provides an opportunity to appreciate Iran-Philippines joint cultural cooperation such as holding art exhibitions.

A Philippine calligrapher Taipan Lucero said that Iranians respect their art and culture which is rarely seen in Philippine.

The SIC and its Manila branch were founded in 1950 and 2018, respectively.


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