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From Golha to Golistan (Free Admission)
February 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents “From Golha to Golistan:
Archiving and Preserving the 20th-century Persian Performing Arts,” a presentation by Jane Lewisohn, Director of the Golha and Golistan Projects, accompanied by a musical presentation by Pourya Khademi. Join us for an afternoon of nostalgia, music, and information about one of the most ambitious cultural projects about Iranian music. This presentation is in English, free, and open to public. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 3:00 pm
Central Stage, 5221 Central Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
While archiving the Golha Radio programs and creating an encyclopedia for Persian literature and music based on the iconic Golha Radio programs, many other have come to light which also need to be preserved and made accessible to the public in a fashion and format that will facilitate serious research and scholarship.
Much of this material is either very hard or impossible to access. Some of it is found only in private archives of artists and composers, or in collections of recordings and films made for private audiences, field recordings, or recordings made the auspices of research for the Ministry of the Arts and Culture for Iranian radio. There are films and radio programs made in the 1950s and 1960s which shed a unique light on how Iran navigated through the challenges of modernity and which deserve to be collected and archived. Whereas aspects of Iran’s cultural heritage like archaeological sites and artifacts, Persian miniatures, historical documents and architecture are deemed worthy of preservation and archiving inside Iran, the performing arts are always at the bottom of the list or even off the page. The preservation and archiving of performance arts are also marginalized outside of Iran.
The performance arts of the period in question (1880-1980) are important because during this period Iran was coming to terms with its relationship to modernity and creating its own particular modern creative aesthetic and individual voice. This makes archiving the performing arts particularly relevant: historically, socially, anthropologically – not to mention artistically. I will give brief descriptions and samples of some of this material and discuss the challenges and importance of collecting and archiving the performance arts of 20th century Iran.