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Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

The mission of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts is to bring to Stanford the best of Iranian art and letters, and ensure that prejudice based on politics, gender, ethnicity, and religious rancor can play no role in silencing these cultural gems. The Festival sponsors lectures, conferences, and performances on Iranian art, poetry, theater, fiction, cinema, and music. Themes include Iranian mythology, cinema, literature, theater, and music. The Festival has helped stage some of Iran’s masterpieces of theater and music—conducted by masters of their domain such as playwright Bahram Beyzaie and musician Mohammad Reza Shajarian.

This initiative is made possible with the generous support of Bita Daryabari, Shidan and Mehran Taslimi, and Hamid and Christina Moghadam, among others. 


Ali Zandiyeh and Mojdeh Shamsaie from Crossroads play


By Bahram Beyzaie, Nasser Rahmaninejad, Hamid Ehya, Reza Allamehzadeh, Afshin Hashemi, Shabnam Tolouei and more
Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Akbar Moradi


By musicians including Kayhan Kalhor, Ali Akbar Moradi, Mojgan Shajarian, Mohsen Namjoo, and more
Plays by Bahram Beyzaie at Stanford

Pictured: Tarabnameh (2016)



Nouredin Zarrinkelk, Farzaneh Milani, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Shahriar Mandanipour, Nasir Rahmaninejad, Najmieh Batmanglij and more

Film Screenings

Mohammad Rasoulof, Jafar Panahi, Ebrahim Golestan, Bahram Beyzaie, Reza Allamehzadeh, Saba Riazi, and more

Conferences & Panels

On Houshang Golshiri, Forugh Farrokhzad and more



Acting workshops led by Professor Bahram Beyzaie and acctress Mojdeh Shamsaie


Past workshops led by Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Mohsen Namjoo

Established in 2014