Pahlevani and zourkhaneh rituals is the name inscribed by UNESCO for varzesh-e pahlavāni (Persian: آیین پهلوانی و زورخانهای, “heroic sport”) or varzesh-e bāstāni (ورزش باستانی; varzeš-e bāstānī, “ancient sport”), a traditional system of athletics originally used to train warriors in Iran (Persia) and adjacent lands. It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music. Recognized by UNESCO as the world’s longest-running form of such training, it fuses elements of pre-Islamic Persian culture (particularly Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and Gnosticism) with the spirituality of Shia Islamand sufism. Practiced in a domed structure
For centuries Iran relied on pigeons to supply guano as fertilizer for the fields. The guano was collected in almost 3000 squat, circular pigeon towers (dovecotes), each able to house about 14,000 birds. (read about it here >>>) Pigeon flying has been a popular sport in Iran for many centuries and is practiced throughout the country. The whistling of the pigeon trainers is heard often over the rooftops of the
the sonic explorers will start October 1st their residency in Tehran. Stay tuned!
Kooshk Residency and bonn hoeren – urban soundart / Beethoven Foundation Bonn with the collaboration of the cultural section of the German Embassy in Tehran present an exchange program between Iran and Germany for two Iranian and two German, active in the fields of sound art. This exchange program exists out of two parts and will be held from October 1st to October 31st, 2019 in Tehran and from May