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

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.

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