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The closing ceremony of the Awyar International Music Festival

The closing ceremony of the Awyar International Music Festival

The closing ceremony of the Awyar International Music Festival was held on Friday, November 28, with the participation of soloists from different countries including Germany, Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.
The planning for the Awyar festival has been arranged since April 2021 by the participation of representatives from different organizations such as Sanandaj Music Association and Institute of Knowledge Development, University of Kurdistan, Islamic Culture and Guidance of Kurdistan.
The cultural organization of Sanandaj Municipality, and Sanandaj Creative City secretariate handled the meetings. The local master music and famous musicians participated in the meetings as advisors and backup the technical part of the festival. The Awyar International Music Festival call was published in four languages, Persian, Kurdish, English, and Russian.
As a result, the festival was welcomed by soloists from different countries. About 35 performances were sent to the secretariat of the festival which after reviewing them by the experts 23 selected performances were published on the website and the Instagram page of Sanandaj Creative city. Various specialized committees were formed to hold the Awyar festival, The secretary of the festival was Dr. Asad Ardalan and the scientific secretary was Bahman Haji Amini.
The closing ceremony of this international festival was held on Friday, Oct 29, at Cinema Bahman in Sanandaj with the participation of invited participants. The invitation letters were send through E.mail, Whatapp and Telegram due to maintaining the health protocol and protecting the environment.
Playing NarmeNay by the masters of this musical instrument was one of the programs in the closing ceremony and at the end of the ceremony, they were honored with a plaque of appreciation and awards. The Awyar festival is one of the creative projects which was decided to hold periodically. This was the first season of the Awyar International Music Festival.

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The closing ceremony of the second Khanaghahi (Mystical) music festival

The closing ceremony of the second Khanaghahi (Mystical) music festival

The closing ceremony of the second Khanaghahi (Mystical) music festival was held, on 26 Oct 2021, with the participation of the mayor of Sanandaj, the Islamic Council of the city, the managers, and the participants in the central building of the municipality in Sanandaj.
Khanaghahi (Mystical) music is one of the cultural myriads of assets of Sanandaj culture and history. This type of music has a direct relation to the spiritual and religious life of the Kurdish people.
Yearly, during the holy days of Rabi al-Awal ( the birthday of the prophet Mohammad) the sounds of Daf and Sekr and Samee heard from the mosques and Khanaghahs ( a place to gather for implementing spiritual and religious rituals) in Sanandaj city.
The Cultural Organisation of the Sanandaj Municipality holds the Khanaghahi Festival to show and promote this type of music broadly. The participant groups who performed in the festival were received the plaque and award at the end of the ceremony.

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Sanandaj Launches Call for the International Music Festival of Awyar

Sanandaj Launches Call for the International Music Festival of Awyar

Sanandaj Municipality  and The creative city secretariat of Sanandaj organized the Awyar Festival, an international music festival for the first time. Soloists throughout the world, particularly soloists from the creative city network, are invited to participate in the festival online (because of the pandemic). The festival will be held seasonally, and a specific musical instrument is a theme in each season. The festival is declared through a formal call, and applicants could participate by filing and submitting the application form. It aims at initiating in line with the objectives of the UCCN Mission Statement.
Promoting peace culture among nations, knowing the cultural and artistic diversity in the world, and finding a universal discourse are the visions of the festival at the international level. The festival vision at the local level includes; introducing the native soloists and artists to the world, motivating the young generation to learn and participate in the world and art festivals, creating an impressive and happy atmosphere for the people during the pandemic, and creating a platform to initiate the future works.
This event, intended to be held seasonally by the municipality of Sanandaj, is organized in collaboration with the Sanandaj Music Association and Higher Institute for Knowledge Development and the University of Kordestan and General Directorate of Islamic Culture and Guidance of Kurdistan. exchanging mutual experiences to improve the knowledge of music art and creating opportunities to develop the music industry in the line of the creative economy are the other objects of the event.
Additional and sufficient information is provided in the text of the call and the attached form:

Announcing a new deadline for submitting works in the Awyar International Festival Music According to the last decision of the scientific committee of the festival, the new deadline for submitting the works is 15th Otc 2021.
Please be informed about the new deadline and let the soloists know about it.
We would welcome all the creative cities to participate in this glorious event.
Best regards;
Festival Secretariat

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On the occasion of the second death anniversary of Mohammad Saber Saber, a calligrapher master

On the occasion of the second death anniversary of Mohammad Saber Saber, a calligrapher master

On the occasion of the second death anniversary of Mohammad Saber Saber, a calligrapher master,  and with the aim of the commemoration of this popular artist, a calligraphy ceremony was held in the Mashahir Park in Abidar forest park in Sanandaj.
Sanadajian calligraphers participated in person in this ceremony.
The memorial was held by the Municipality and Islamic Council of Sanandaj, the Organization of Islamic Culture and Guidance, and the Calligraphers Association.
Teaching the art of calligraphy in the Calligraphers Association for many years, teaching in various fields of art, training hundreds of calligraphers at the excellent and super-excellent level was the result of Saber’s years of effort.  He was one of the founders of the Calligraphers Association. At the Congress of Kurdish Celebrities, held in July 1998, this high-ranking professor was honored and awarded the First Class Art Award. Mohammad Saber Saber, one of the prominent Kurdish artists, was born in Saqez in 1945 and passed away on July 16, 1998, at 74. He was buried in Sanandaj in the section of the known artists.
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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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