Celebrate Nowruz with poetry and song

Welcome spring and celebrate the Iranian New Year with music and poetry at the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies’ inaugural Nowruz event on March 26.

A table with glasses and a mirror and colourful glass orbs
Nowruz, a celebration of the Iranian New Year.

The event will feature a performance by Sholeh Wolpé, a renowned Iranian-born poet, playwright and literary translator, and Sahba Motallebi, an Iranian-born musician who has captivated audiences around the world with her skill on the tar, setar and shoorangiz.

“This unique online Nowruz event features an inspiring poetry reading and music and will be a spectacular celebration of spring and natural renewal,” says Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, a professor of History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. 

“Nowruz begins with the visiting and revisiting of family members and friends and the exchange of gifts. After a year of COVID-19 quarantine, the 2021 Nowruz festival is particularly significant to the U of T family and its worldwide friends.”

The celebration takes place online from 4 to 5 pm EST and is co-hosted by A&S Dean Melanie Woodin and Tavakoli-Targhi. There is an opportunity for discussion with a Q&A following the performances.


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