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For Immediate Release:
Under the Azure Dome
Persian Festival Launches at
Harbourfront Centre this March 2006

Under the Azure Dome - The ancient Persian celebration of Nowruz is a Spring Equinox pancultural phenomena shared by peoples from historical Persian territories in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and India. The three day Under the Azure Dome (March 17 through March 19, 2006) festival takes Nowruz as a common meeting place for Persian cultural exploration on a scale not yet experienced in Canada. More than 100 artists and performers will explore music, film, dance, theatre, visual and culinary arts at free and ticketed events.

Highlights include a Canadian Persian and Western Classical orchestra playing works by Persian composers called Sense of Spring. This ticketed event (on March 17 & 18 - more details below) features prominent musicians, including members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Mehdi Javanfar. More highlights include exclusive screenwriting workshops with internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Kambozia Partovi and a theatre workshop with writer, director and dramaturge Soheil Parsa. A wide variety of Iranian folk, traditional and contemporary dances will be performed by groupls like Toronto's Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre, Ida Meftahi and her group, and the internationally known Shahrokh Meshkin Ghalam.

Highly regarded musicians Hassan Yousef Zamani and Pirouz Yousefian also perform at the festival while Setareh Delzendeh's incredible décor will transform parts of Harbourfront Centre into a traditional Iranian coffee house in an old bazaar. More events TBA. Under the Azure Dome is coproduced by the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (IAUT) and Harbourfront Centre. For more public info please call 416-973-4000 or visit www.azuredome.ca

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Media Contacts:
Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (IAUT)
Behrang Foroughi, 416-9276-0684, info@azuredome.ca
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