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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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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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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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Unveiling of the license plate ceremony

Unveiling of the license plate ceremony for the creative music city of Sanandaj

On February 4, 2021, coinciding with the 42th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution,

Unveiling of the license plate ceremony of UNESCO license plate on the wall of Sanandaj Municipality, which is one of the oldest buildings in the city, was held in the presence of government officials, the mayor of Sanandaj and cultural activists. This beautiful plaque is a UNESCO logo for membership in the Creative Cities Network and is awarded to creative cities by the National Commission for UNESCO in Iran in order to recognize the city’s activities in the Creative Cities Network.

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Webinar of creative city gathering with top professors

Webinar of creative city gathering with top professors

Webinar of creative city gathering with top professors of music, art, and culture, audience of creative companies, and knowledge-based companies about identity-maker technologies was held. Target of this activity is the usage of these company’s capabilities for achievement of creative cities goals in the connection between technologies and creative cities.      
Output of this webinar is a designing of startup which is related to goals of Sanandaj and it serves to goals of creative city.  It provides new ideas about designing and selling apps and delivering electronic services to stakeholders who participate in this filed. Meanwhile, in this webinar different topics were surveyed such as radio and its role on music, entrepreneurship and creative city and experiences of other creative cities about startups.

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13th festival of Kurdistan theatre

13th Festival of Kurdistan Theater which was held in 21- 23th of December 2020

31th of Kurdistan province theater was held in Sanandaj. Mayor of Sanandaj – Heshmatollah Seyyedi- and festival Director was Cultural Deputy of Sanandaj Municipality – Dr. Sarkawt Najafi –  and Executive Secretary – Kourosh Ahmadi –  were managers of this festival.
It was an online festival and 18 participant groups participated in. 9 works have been selected from cities of Kurdistan Province: Sanandaj, Saghez, Baneh, Mariwan, Bijar, Ghorveh, and Diwandare. This festival due to Covid-19 virus has no audience and appreciation bred gave to Dr. Farzin Rezaei – Chief of Kurdistan Medical University. About designing of scene Shoeyb Maktabdari was the winner from Sanandaj and Leyla Azizpour from Saghez and Benyamin Ahmadi from Diwandare were winners for acting.
Saber Delbina and Shoeyb Maktabdari were winner as authors. In the final stage, Bahman Moradnia- governor-general of Kurdistan province- received an appreciation bred.


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