Persian Art & Culture
For millennia the Persian culture has possessed one of the richest art heritages in world history. The North Carolina Persian Festival presentations touch upon several disciplines, including some fun for you game players out there.
Literature is the most important part of the Iranian art tradition. A table will be devoted to Persian authors, with written works both in English and Persian for your exploration. Local authors will be on hand to discuss and
sign their books.
Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly
one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian
culture and art, dating back to
The NC Persian festival offers a rare opportunity to examine and admire all types of carpets from the different regions of Iran.
Discover the exquisite calligraphy of the Persian writing system, an art revered throughout Persian history and considered one of the most distinctive reflections of Persian culture. Our skilled Calligraphers will make your name a graceful work of art!
Persian art under Islam had never completely forbidden the human figure, and in the miniature tradition the depiction of figures, often in large numbers, is central.
This was partly because the miniature is a private form, kept in a book or album and only shown to those the owner chooses. It was therefore possible to be more free than in wall paintings or other works seen by a wider audience.
We will have several Miniature paintings of modern Iran on display.
Film and Video Exhibit
View the extensive cultural exhibition including film clips and animations exploring the history, geography, and cities of Iran from the time of the Persian Empire and Cyrus the Great to the present.
Let the Games Begin
The history of backgammon goes back approximately 5,000 years. Excavations at Shahr-e Sokhteh (literally "The Burnt City") in Iran have shown that a similar game existed there around 3000 BC.
The artifacts include two dice and 60 checkers, and the set is believed to be 100 to 200 years older than the sets found in Ur, and on the board found at Shahr-e Sokhteh the fields are fashioned like the coils of a snake. In our Culture booth you too can play this game.
The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India, before the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia. There will be several Chess boards available for play in the Persian Culture booth.
Tea House or "Chaee-Khaneh"
Literally, the 'house of tea'. These tea houses--usually serving several beverages--are present all over Iran. Our festival will show this old eastern tradition eloquently by offering a warm atmosphere to enjoy while watching Persian arts and crafts.
Maryam Tabibzadeh, Author and Poet
Maryam Tabibzadeh, NC Author is available to answer your questions.
Please stop by and enter to win one of her books.
Maryam was born in Darab, Pars, in Iran. She earned her master’s degree from Shiraz University and moved to the United States in 1977, where she attended SUNY Binghamton. Her short novels and poems have been published in Persian Magazine in Raleigh for the past twenty years.
She is on the Advisory Committee for UNC Chapel Hill Persian Studies and a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and SCBWI. She published the four books listed below: Persian Dreams, Danger of Love, Iran, and Roya. All are available on Amazon for purchase.
- 2006: Publication of "Persian Dreams" by Iceni Books
- 2007: Publication of “Iran” by Dreambooks, a Persian book of graphical poems for each province of Iran.
- 2011: Publication of the short story “She Was Sitting in the Palm of My Hand” published in the book of “Across the River”. This short story got honorable mention by the Institute Poetry of Canada.
- 2014: Publication of "Danger of Love" by Tate Publishing.
- 2014:Publication of "Roya of Pasargad “ by Ketab Corp., a fictional novel in Persian.
Dance Group of the Persian Student Association
at Old Dominion University
The Dance Group of the Persian Students International Association at Old Dominion University will perform two Persian Dance pieces at the North Carolina Persian Festival.
This dance group is directed by Mohammadreza Moradi, an Iranian born dancer and fitness instructor who's trained in a variety of dance styles. After moving to the US from Iran in 2007, he has performed in different cultural gatherings and international communities. Moradi earned a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently is a faculty member at Old Dominion University.
Moolian Music Band
Members: Chekad Sarami (violin), Yousef Ehtesham (guitar), Nima Salami (Acoustic Guitar), Dara Ehtesham (guitar, bass), Travis Hyll (hand percussion)