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Welcome to the 2024 Persian Art Festival!

Join us in the vibrant city of Montreal this June for a celebration of Persian culture like no other. The Persian Art Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing the rich heritage and artistic achievements of Persian culture. From traditional crafts to contemporary art forms, our festival offers a unique platform for artists, artisans, and performers to share their talents with an international audience.

Located at the heart of Montreal’s dynamic cultural scene, the festival presents a perfect blend of history and modernity, creating an immersive experience for all ages. Participants will enjoy a wide range of activities, including art exhibitions, live performances, workshops, and culinary delights, all inspired by thousands of years of history that shape Persian culture.

Whether you are a long-time admirer of Persian art or new to its charms, the Persian Art Festival promises to be a memorable event, celebrating creativity, community, and cultural exchange. Join us to explore the elegance and complexity of Persian art, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation across cultures.

We look forward to welcoming you to Montreal for a truly enchanted experience!

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Montreal Persian Art Festival, a biennial event celebrating the diversity and richness of Persian culture.

RESERVING YOUR PLACE

Click on the ‘Book’ button to select your ticket. Follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your reservation and secure your spot.

CONTACT US

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President and Art Director

Dr. RAZIEH RAZAVYNIA

Razieh Razavynia has made Montreal her home since 1988. Her journey began with studies in biology at Concordia University, before specializing in dentistry at the University of Montreal. Her commitment in serving her community dates back to her years as a university student. Indeed, she was involved in various social and cultural activities. She served as the director of an Iranian school for three years and was a member of the student council at Concordia University as well as a founding member of the Iranian Student Association at the University of Montreal, demonstrating her dedication to fostering cultural understanding. Additionally, she was a founding member and board member of the Quebec Iranian Dentists Association, showcasing her commitment to both her profession and her cultural heritage. 

Artists

MEHRANGIZ KAR

MEHRANGIZ KAR is a prominent writer, attorney, and activist, with a focus on women’s rights and family law.

SAEED KAMJOO

SAEED KAMJOO

A highly esteemed musician and composer, Saeed Kamjoo is recognized for his expertise as a Kamanche performer and his deep grounding in Classical Persian music, boosted by a music degree from Tehran University.

HABIB HOSSEINI

HABIB HOSSEINI is a distinguished Persian classical vocalist based in Canada. He emerged as one of the standout talents selected by the esteemed maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian from a pool of over 2000 participants during auditions conducted by the Iranian Academy of the Arts in 2007.

PEDRAM KHAVARZAMINI

PEDRAM KHAVARZAMINI, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975, is an acclaimed percussionist renowned for his mastery of the Tombak, the principal percussion instrument in classical Persian music. His musical journey extends across continents, with significant periods spent in Greece, particularly in Houdetsi, home to the renowned Labyrinth music workshop, and France, where he resided for 15 years before relocating to Canada in 2014.

BAHMAN MAGHSOUDLOU

BAHMAN MAGHSOUDLOU is a film scholar, author, critic, and director. Bahman Maghsoudlou is the recipient of Iran’s prestigious Forough Farrokhzad literary award (1353-1975) for writing and editing a series of books about cinema and theatre. These include the acclaimed Iranian Cinema (NYU, 1987) and Grass: Untold Stories (Mazda,2008), a definitive account of the making of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life, the groundbreaking documentary filmed by Merian Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack and Marguerite Harrison in Iran in 1924.

ARJANG
SEYFIZADEH

ARJANG SEIFIZADEH was born in 1983 in Tehran into a family deeply rooted in music. His father, Mohammad Hossein Seifizadeh, devoted his life to poetry and music, while his mother, Masoumeh MehrAli, was a singer and educator in the field.

HODA
SEDIGHI

 The renowned Iranian choreographer and teacher, Hoda Sedighi, boasts a remarkable career spanning over two decades. Known for captivating audiences through mesmerizing performances in live shows, festivals, and theater productions, she is a true master of her craft.

HOMA
HOODFAR

HOMA HOODFAR is a Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, at Concordia University, Montreal. Her fieldbased research and expertise are in political economy and legal anthropology, focusing on reproductive rights, Afghan women and youth refugees in Iran and Pakistan;  women in formal and informal politics; hijab and dress codes as political institutions; gender and citizenship; Muslim women’s sports as politics; and gender and the public sphere in Muslim contexts.

ZOYA TAVANGAR

I am Zoya Tavangar. Since childhood, I have been learning drawing and painting from my father, Master Mehrdad Tavangar, who was my first and greatest painting instructor. Although I had learned painting professionally at my father’s art studio in Tehran, I decided to continue my studies at the University of Art, where I earned a master’s degree in painting.

AZAM SEDAGHAT

As a painter and chemist, I have intimately integrated my passion for chemistry into my creative process, mixing colors with passion. My works reflect a unique fusion of artistic expression and scientific research, capturing the beauty of molecular structures on canvas.

SHARAREH TORABI

My name is SHARAREH TORABI. My passion is painting and I enjoy every moment of it. Painting is my way of disconnecting from my daily routine and I find peace in art.

HADIEH AYATI

I was born into a family of artists. My father is a civil engineer, music teacher and a good draftsman and calligrapher. Like my father, I was interested in technical and artistic work.

MAHBOOBEH KORDI

My name is MAHBOOBEH KORDI. I have a degree in computer engineering and thrive in the IT field. However, since my childhood, I have been attracted to the world of painting.

AZAR GHADERI

My name is AZAR GHADERI. Until four years ago, I had not pursued the art of painting, and my education and work had nothing to do with art. In 2020, I decided to pursue the art of drawing and painting and enrolled in Zoya’s art workshop.

ELNAZ GHANBARI

My name is ELNAZ GHANBARI. I work as a construction project manager and have a master’s degree in architecture. I started learning oil and acrylic painting almost two years ago in Zoya’s classes, and I have been painting with watercolors since high school.

FARAHNAZ MAZLOOM YAZDI

My name is FARAHNAZ MAZLOOM YAZDI. I hold a degree in translation and English literature. I am the CEO of the Olympic Dental Clinic. I started painting three and a half years ago in Ms. Zoya Tavangar’s classes.

MAHSA MOGHADAS​

My name is MAHSA MOGHADAS. I am from Iran and moved to Canada in 2016 to pursue my doctorate in industrial engineering. I was busy with my studies and work until last year, when I decided to treat myself by reconnecting with my passion for art and painting.

AZADEH RIAZIAN

My name is AZADEH RIAZIAN, and I am an MRI technician with a deep passion for art since my childhood. My artistic journey began at seven when I explored the captivating worlds of painting and calligraphy. These early experiences sparked a lasting passion for creating art.

ELHAM LOOLIAEE

Iranian graphic artist, painter and interior designer I did painting under the supervision of Ms. Zoya Tavangar, with different styles, using both oil painting and acrylic.

FAHIMEH SAMIEI

I am a photographer. I became very attracted to painting due to my profession as a photographer because I believe that painting is a universal language.

BAHAR IZADI

An artist with a deep appreciation for surrealism, having dedicated seven years to exploring this captivating art form that challenges the boundaries of reality and imagination. My first exhibition took place in 2018, where I seriously exhibited my paintings in public.

LIDA MESGIN

My name is LIDA. I hold a master’s degree in business IT. My logical mind and many years of experience help me work as a senior business analyst. My passion for math and the arts that I have had since childhood (like knitting and sewing) has always been a guiding force in my life.

NILOO ZAND

NILOO ZAND, born March 8, 1988, is an accomplished artist and animator. With a passion for painting and horseback riding since childhood, she  began learning painting in Zoya’s Art Studio ART in 2022 in Montreal,also, she pursued animation studies, blending traditional and digital techniques seamlessly. Her work reflects a deep connection to nature and horses, inspiring creativity and beauty in all she creates.

MOJDEH RAZAGHYZAD

I am MOJDEH RAZAGHYZAD. During my teenage years, I spent 15 years acting in theatre. After completing university, I immigrated to Montreal in 1999. Following my studies of the French language and starting work, I began learning painting in Zoya’s classes in 2019. Since then, I have participated in two exhibitions in 2021 and 2023.

MARYAM HABIBI

MARYAM HABIBI, a student of Master Rahim Navasi, one of Iran’s renowned painting masters, has made her mark in the world of modern art. Although her academic background is in accounting, her passion and talent in the field of visual arts and modern painting are clearly evident. Her works include modern paintings, especially those created with natural feathers, mixed media, and visual arts.

FARSHID SADATSHARIFI

FARSHID SADATSHARIFI is a dedicated scholar and researcher in the field of applied literature. His work investigates how literature can offer insights into human experience, exploring themes of meaning, purpose, and well-being.

SANAZ SOTOUDEH

Internationally acclaimed Canadian Pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh has appeared in performances across Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Renowned for her versatility, she has collaborated with well-known musicians, new media artists, and orchestras worldwide. Her artistry has been featured in live performances and interviews on prestigious platforms such as BBC Radio 3 in the UK, Khaleej Times Dubai, Gazette Montreal, and Abu Dhabi TV.

MUSTAPHA MOFIDI

Mustapha Mofidi, doctor, translator, essayist, and researcher in philosophy and social sciences, was born in Tehran in 1941. He received his primary and secondary education in Tehran and graduated from Dar ul-Funun High School.

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