Farhang Foundation

The Iranian-American Heritage Foundation of Southern California
September 2012 Newsletter

We are abuzz with excitement at Farhang Foundation. With the 2012 Shahnameh Festival set to come to fruition in October - a program that we have been planning for months - we are counting down the days! Keep reading to learn more about this daylong program devoted to Ferdowsi's masterpiece and find out how you can attend. 

2012 Shahnameh Festival
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - All Day
UC Irvine & Irvine Barclay Theatre

100612 Farhang Foundation and the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture will be hosting a festival dedicated to the Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran written by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, taking place on October 6, 2012. The 2012 Shahnameh Festival will kickoff with a free conference at UC Irvine, featuring lectures by notable scholars who will explore an array of topics including the "Art of the Shahnameh", "Shahnameh in History", and "Shahnameh: Identity & Nationalism." For full conference details, including a list of presenters, click here.

The program continues in the evening at the Irvine Barclay Theatre with the premiere performance of "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" written in Persian by the renowned artist Gordafarid, the first female naqqal (storyteller) of the Shahnameh. "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" has been choreographed and will be performed by international sensation Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, who will be joined by the remarkable performing artist and dance instructor, Miriam Peretz.

Tickets for "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" are now on sale, starting at $45.  For more information on the free conference, and to purchase tickets to the performance, click here.

Light & Shadows:  The Story of Iranian Jews
October 21, 2012 - March 13, 2013
Fowler Museum at UCLA

Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, an exhibition taking place from October 21st through March 13th. Join us at the Fowler Museum at UCLA for this fascinating look at the history of the nearly 3,000 year old Jewish community in Iran through archaeological artifacts, manuscripts, ceremonial garments, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, video, and more. The exhibition will also explore twentieth century Iran through Hasan Sarbakhshian's photographs of the remaining Jewish community in Iran and installations by artists Shelley Gazin and Jessica Shokrian about Iranian Jews in Los Angeles.

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews has been created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Farhang Foundation is proud to team up with the Y & S Nazarian Family Foundation (lead sponsor), The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (exhibition partner), and the Sinai Temple (co-sponsor). For more information, click here


5th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival
Compete for a chance at $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize).
Submissions period: Nov 1, 2012 through Feb 1, 2013!

Now in its fifth year, the 2013 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival has officially been announced, calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage. Farhang Foundation's annual online film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for prize money as well as the opportunity to screen their winning film before a live audience at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on March 16, 2013, to be followed by a reception at the museum.

The submissions period opens on November 1, 2012 and ends on February 1, 2013. For more information, including submission guidelines and technical specs, please visit the official festival website at www.farhangfilmfest.org


A Celebration of Persian Literary Treasures

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, Farhang Foundation hosted one of its most popular events, Meet Farhang: A Night of Poetry and Nostalgia at The Beverly Hilton. Performed in the traditional format of golha, where poetry is first recited then sang while accompanied by Persian music, Meet Farhang: A Night of Poetry and Nostalgia paid tribute to the works of Saadi, Rudaki, Araghi and Shahriar.

We are thankful to Homa Sarshar, best-selling author and award-winning journalist, who recited passages from their works and brought their words to life, set to the beautiful backdrop of traditional Persian music performed by the acclaimed and talented musicians, Mohammad Hasani and Shahin Yousefzamani.


2011-2012 Farhang Annual Report

2011 We are pleased to announce that our 2011-2012 Annual Report is now available online and in print!


We are very fond of our Annual Reports, as they preserve our most cherished memories from our programs and events each year. Download your copy today or pick up a printed version at our next event!   


Making history together! 

Farhang Foundation would like to remind all current Trojans and those who will become Trojans this Fall to find out how to enroll in Persian language classes, now offered at USC as part of Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative.

We are working hard to raise awareness and support for the next phase of this initiative, which is to create a specialization in Iranian Studies at the university. If you would like to learn more about Farhang's Iranian Studies Initiative at USC, made possible by our generous community of donors, visit www.farhang.org/ISI.




horseAbout Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture.   However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.   For more info visit: www.farhang.org

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In This Issue

2012 Shahnameh Festival

Light & Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

2013 Farhang Short Film Festival

A Celebration of Persian Literary Treasures

2011-2012 Annual Report

Iranian Studies at USC



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