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Abbas Kamandi

Abbas Kammandi (1952-2014)
A Poet, songwriter, playwright and screen writer was born in Sanandaj in 1952. He has learned folk poetry when he was teenager. He obtained the first grade in the story writing of Sanandaj Radio competition then he continued writing seriously. Horse, A basket of Grass, Flying at Cage and Mam Rahim’s Heritage are some of his screenplays. Collection of Kurdish and Persian Poetry, Collection of Mirza Shafie’s Poems, Biography of Seyed AliAsgar Kurdistani, Hawraman, Decoding of Cultural Symbols are some of his written works in the field of poetry and literature. Kammandi had elegant voice and sang professionally. Some brilliant melodies left by his voice in Kurdish language, including melodies which are arranged by the Kamkars. Kammandi died in 2014 due to heart attack and was buried in Sanandaj.
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Sayed Ali Asghar Kurdestani

Seyed AliAsgar Kurdestani
Seyed AliAsgar Kurdestani His father was Seyed NezamAdin, he was born in a religious family at SalwatAbad Village in the neighborhood of Sanandaj city. His father sent him to Sanandaj due to study at its schools and learn under the instruction of the current teachers. Seyed AliAsgar was known SayAskar in Sanandaj. Seyed AliAsgar's voice attracted attention of the interested and talented people during his outset artisitc years. Afterwards many people become fans of his voice. In his forty, he went to Tehran in order to record and compose of different sings which some of them remain today. Although they have not been recorded with high quality, but they are valuable legacy of Kurdish music. He died in 1936 at the age of 54.
His voice has not been recorded before his forty. According to a study which was done by Shaho Abdi on the works of Seyed AliAsgar, about 15 two-sided disks were recorded from his voice which today 14 disks are available. 10 disks from this collection belong to Mr.Hakaki which were recorded in 1928 under a contract with Seyed AliAsgar.​
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Nominating 6th Ordibehesht (26th April) as Sna (Sanandaj) day

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Nominating 6th Ordibehesht (26th April) as Sna (Sanandaj) day in local calendar is an extremely event in cultural affairs of Sanandaj city. Numerous and different programs have been held in the 2019 anniversary. In the current year, due to Covid19- pandemic, the anniversary will be held online such as last year, in order to protect health protocols.
Book unveiling, online music concert in both folk and classic sections, unveiling of the music video “Sna”by Said Nasiri, holding expertise online meetings on the subject of Sanandaj with the following topics: “Architecture and urban planning of Sanandaj”, “Kurdish music pathology”, “Constitutionalism in Sanadaj”, “Science, Religion and Mysticism in the history of Sanandaj”, “Compilation of Sanandaj Encyclopedia and Written Literature”, “Creative City, Opportunities and Challenges”. Interested people can participate in the online meetings every night from 7 to 12 Ordibehesht at 10:00 pm through sanadajplus page on Instagram.    
The portrays of music celebrities and figures are used as poster city for environmental advertising in Sanandaj and unveiling, Biography and Portray of Celebrities by H. Sadat and From Sna to Sanandaj by K.Irandoost, H.Alizadeh and k.Habibi, two books at the Sanandaj Park are another programs in regard of the anniversary.  

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Special recording of Nowruz program in a 20 hectare Kouchkarash park​

Special recording of Nowruz program in a 20 hectare Kouchkarash park​

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Cultural deputy and social affairs of Sanandaj municipality –Dr. Sarkawt Najafi- informed about 2021 Nowrouz specific program in the Kouchkarash 20 Hectares Park. Based on his words, it will be broadcasted by Kurdistan province channel. He mentioned that ancient Nowrouz ceremony is one of Iranian old ones and a remembrance of our ancestors. He told that Sanandaj municipality in 2018 and 2019 was held Big Nowrouz ceremony at the 22 Golan stadium and it was met with an enthusiastic welcome by Sanandaj citizens. Unfortunately last year we could not hold cultural and art programs due to Covid-19 outbreak and there are some limitations this year. According to his words, construction of Kouchkarash 20 Hectares Park is one of the positive actions of Sanandaj municipality and traditional and pope music performance, igniting the fire, and Halparke in this park is one of the programs of this celebration.

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Nowrouz 2018 (1397)

Nowrouz 2018 (1397)

Nowrouz celebration was held for the first time in the Christmas night based on Iranian calender in the 22 Golan stadium. It was one of the most memorable cultural celebration that was held by participation of the citizens due to welcoming and widespread presence of people. This popular celebration was reflected highly and it created enjoyable moments and happy memories for the citizens. This celebration was held by numerous Kurdish music performance and capabilities of Kurdish artists were used.

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This celebration is full of different programs and audience remained at the stadium from the end of ceremony despite the cold weather and saw these programs: performance of playing Daf with a lot of Sanandaj youth, performance of classical and traditional music by skillful groups, 20 people simultaneous performance of Kurdish dance which is called “Halparkeh” in Kurdish language and lecture of Dr. Asad Ardalan about Nowrouz celebration customs, performance of compound music (Diwan, Daf, and Tanbour), horsemanship ritual (maneuver of horsemen with genuine Kurdish horses), turning on the fire by 300 pupils and performance of Nowrouz songs and in the final lighting.

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Hezard af ceremony

Hezardaf ceremony
Kurdistan province has a rich historical and cultural background and different celebrations and rituals in the year. Respect to culture and civilization among people of Kurdistan is very significant and they maintain their genuineness with holding old and traditional rituals and they try to learn them to next generations with social, cultural, and religious concepts. Wide participation of Kurdistan province citizens in the celebration of Rabiolaval month (Mowloud month of Mohammad prophet) is a symptom of devotion to him. Kurdistan rituals are among the happiest ones in the Iran. Kurdistan people by holding some specific rituals like Mowloudikhani, Nowrouz celebration, wedding of Pirshalyar and Bookabarane-while maintaining this identity-invite Iranians and stranger tourists for looking and participation in this rituals. Enthusiasm of Kurdistan people to art and culture, holds this ceremony by obtaining a licence from governmental adminestrations and with a lot of happy. Some of its specifications are wearing Kurdish dresses with happy colours, ritual and Kurdish dances with regular and rhythmic movements and performance music by Kurdish voice. Daf instrument in the past have had a very top status among people, so Kurdistan people did not touch it without ablution and if a Daf was torn, they would say that it has been martyred.
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In the past, some players like Khalifeh Karim Safwaty, Khalife Mirza Aghe Ghowsi, and Khalife Samad Andalibi were from the most original and the most prolific players of Daf and they learnt this heritage to next generation. These old generation has learnt this instrument to young generation and they have developed it and new generation such as children of Andalibi and Kamkar in new fifty years can initiate Daf instrument in the Iranian national music and make it one of the fixed instruments in the important performance. There is a Daf in the most Sanandaj houses and most of Kurdistan people are familiar to its abbatial voices and rhythms. Playing Daf is a very vital element of Mowloodikhani ceremony (Celebration of Mohammad prophet) with eulogy of Mohammad prophet which is played in the Rabiolaval month.
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International tourism and handicrafts exhibition

International tourism and handicrafts exhibition​

This exhibition is one of the most prestigious annual tourism exhibitions that is held with the presence of all provinces of the country as well as other countries.
This year (2021), 5 to 8 March was held at the Tehran International Exhibition Center and Sanandaj, as a creative city of music, participated in this exhibition.
In this exhibition, an attempt was made to present a picture of the goals of the creative city and sustainable development to the visitors by printing books, booklets, brochures, CDs and photos.<br>In the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which was attended by high-ranking officials of the country as well as ambassadors of other countries, the only city that presented an art program was Sanandaj, where artist Sadaleh Nasiri (Juana group) performed two musical performances and was welcomed.

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Sanandaj advances urban infrastructure development to support its music sector

Designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2019, Sanandaj (Iran) has continued to developed a wide range of policies and initiatives to support and enhance its music and cultural industries. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city through a participatory and inclusive approach has leveraged its rich cultural potential to strengthen social ties amongst its inhabitants to bring them comfort and support.

Most recently, the city inaugurated the new design of one its main streets, known as the “Ferdowsi sidewalk”. In line with the local government’s urban development strategies, this major project is aimed at expanding and improving urban services for local inhabitants while creating a dedicated space for cultural and artistic events. The Ferdowsi sidewalk is foreseen to host various artistic street performances and provide a platform to broaden visibility and appreciation for local bands and musicians. This redevelopment also aims to encourage inhabitants to actively participate in the creative programmes of the city, as well as to foster social interactions and cohesion in public spaces through culture and creativity.

As a part of the city’s celebration of being designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Music, the city installed a plate on the Municipality building. A ceremony in the presence of government officials, the Mayor of Sanandaj and cultural practitioners, was organized to reiterate its commitment to the achievement of the UCCN’s mission and objectives, and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable development.

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Sanandaj organized cultural activities to support its creative sector

To support the creative and cultural sector, foster cultural diversity and encourage the inhabitants’ active participation in local creative programmes, Sanandaj (Iran), a UNESCO Creative City of Music, organized the Khaneghahi (mystic) music festival in November 2020.

The event gathered musicians and bands, from several Iranian cities, including Isfahan, a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.

In addition, the city recently launched a webinar dedicated to the interlinkages between Creative Cities and emerging technologies. Renowned academicians from the fields of music, arts and culture, and representatives of creative and knowledge-based start-ups joined the event, along with Sanandaj and Bandar Abbas – a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.

Based on Creative Cities’ experiences and good practices, the webinar invited the participants to discuss how emerging technologies and IT services can support cities in designing new policies in the concerned field as well as contribute to the achievement of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s objectives. Other discussed topics revolved around the growing scope of entrepreneurship in the music sector.

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