UK-Iran Season of Culture
The cultural connections between Iran and the UK are rich and deep. Building on long-standing links and contemporary collaboration, the British Council’s UK-Iran Season of Culture will strengthen opportunities for greater cultural engagement, improve mutual understanding, and increase trust.
This season will spotlight the rich and dynamic culture of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran, and its ties with the UK in the areas of arts, education, and languages, climaxing in a celebration of Nowruz (Persian New Year) in March. Through nationwide exhibitions, performances, discussions, workshops, and seminars, the UK-Iran Season of Culture will explore Iran’s cultural heritage and vibrant contemporary creativity, enabling the people of the UK to experience and re-interpret Iran.
The season brings together a large number of high-profile partners for a series of cultural events and showcases between January and April 2015. We invite audiences in the UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in the season through online engagement and by attending our events. For more information please contact UKIranSeason@britishcouncil.org.
Danny Whitehead, the British Council’s Country Director Iran: "Cultural relations are among the strongest tools that the UK and Iran have for building better understanding and developing trust. We hope that the UK-Iran Season of Culture will be a way to promote the cultural relations opportunities that can come through greater and deeper partnership between both countries."
British Council Iran would like to thank those organisations and individuals who are partnering with us on the UK-Iran Season of Culture:
Asia House, British Library, Edinburgh Iranian Festival, Forest Fringe, I.B. Tauris, MOP, Modern Poetry in Translation, Southbank Centre, Studio INTEGRATE, V&A, Wales One World Film Festival, Women of the World Festival, ZENDEH and 30 Bird.
Find out more:
UK-Iran Season of Culture programme
Download the full programme of the Iran-UK Season of Culture and find out all about our upcoming events.
Spirit of Nowruz exhibition
Join our free exhibition of digital art and photography representing Nowruz celebrations in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Download our new publication in full and find out about innovations, trends and challenges in English language teaching in Iran.
Nowruz: an education pack for schools
This pack has been designed for use in primary schools to support teachers and students in cultural and social education around ‘Nowruz’.
UK-Iranian Harmonies: New Year’s Jazz
Join us at Southbank Centre for an exciting evening of music with two Iranian-British bands on the eve of Nowruz (17:30, Friday 20 March, 2015).
A brief history of Iran's modern literature
Nima Malek Mohamadi: What can Iran's modern literature tell us about its writers and the society they emerged from?
A season of Iranian films at Wales One World Film Festival
Celebrating the golden age of Iranian Cinema with magical films from a generation of globally acclaimed Iranian filmmakers. The season starts on 21st March with an Iranian film day.
Evolution: Art and Architecture Exhibition
A multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing various aspects of Iranian art, architecture and culture across different periods in time. Bringing together academics, artists and architects.
Above: A Festival of Imaginary Events
A Festival of Imaginary Events for Rooftops in Tehran and London: 14 Iranian and British independent artists have created a festival of imagined performances on rooftops.
Spirit of Nowruz in Tehran Book Market
Nafiseh Bahari: Iranian publishers benefit from the booming market of New Year, and many release their new titles before Nowruz holidays. Find out about the best sellers and the new titles.
Didgah: New perspectives on UK-Iran cultural relations
Read our new publication in full. This volume seeks to explore the past and present cultural relation ties between the UK and Iran, and make positive suggestions for future development.
Things you probably didn’t know about Iran
Danny Whitehead runs through some of the more unexpected facts about Iran, in time for today's book publication of 'Didgah – New Perspectives on UK-Iran Cultural Relations'.
Iran in Writing: Past and Present
Join our event at the British Library on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 18:30 - 20:00. Daljit Nagra in conversation with Rosa Jamali, Shadab Vajdi and Ahmad Karimi Hakkak.