News ID: 233162
Published: 0259 GMT October 22, 2018

Iran, Italy to strengthen ties in art sector

Iran, Italy to strengthen ties in art sector

Iran and Italy will strengthen ties in the art sector, said Italy's ambassador to Iran in a meeting with Iran's deputy culture minister.

Ambassador Mauro Conciatori said that culture always finds its own way and Italy has had no concern about promoting ties in this field with Iran.

"Italy is preparing to open a cultural center in Tehran, along with previously-established Iran's Cultural Center in Italy, to enable both nations to enjoy various artistic events," said Conciatori, IRNA reported.

He said that Italy is ready to hold joint cultural and artistic programs with Iran to make the people of both countries familiar with each other's culture.

Among the Iranian artists who are familiar with Italian art are prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, Bijan Bassiri and classic pianist Novin Afrouz.

Afrouz has an album blending Iranian and Western music which can be a beautiful symbol of cultural and artistic discourse between Iran and Italy.

Iran's Roudaki Foundation and World Youth Orchestra signed a memorandum of understanding on holding joint programs while training courses and master classes have been held in both countries.

Conciatori referred to the recent performance of the Italian artist Nicola Piovani in Tehran, and said that the artist is interested in holding such a concert again, like other Italian artist who have held concerts or exhibitions in Iran.

The Italian diplomat said that in 2016 Iran participated in Milan Triennial International Exhibition and Italy is eager to host Iran in the next edition of the event.

Iran's Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Art Affairs Mojtaba Hosseini said that both countries have ancient culture and civilization which make their relationship closer.

He expressed Iran's readiness to strengthen ties with Italy in the field of art including theater, music, visual arts and cloth design.

He cited Fajr festival as a great opportunity to resume cooperation with the European country.

Iranian musical radif could be a great source of improvisations for Italian musicians, he noted.

Hosseini added that creating joint atelier has been put on the agenda to connect young artists with ancient civilization.

"The first joint atelier is to be launched between Iran and Japan and we hope it will also be implemented soon between Iran and Italy."

Hosseini also referred to the variety of folk costumes in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, and said that a cloth design college has recently been established in the province where Italian designers can be introduced to Iranian cloth design.

Last year, Iran's Artists House hosted a photography exhibition titled 'People and Land of Wool' by an Italian artists and Iran is in talks to hold such an exhibition in the European country soon.


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