ARTS & CULTURE BEAT -By MASA ZOKAEI

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[MACEDONIA]
Student Poster Competition

Three Iranian graphic designers have entered 1332-88the finalist list of the fifth edition of International Student Poster Competition (ISPC) in Macedonia.
Dariush Allahyari, Milad Aqazadeh and Saleh Zanganeh represent Iran at the exhibition of the competition kicked off on December 13.
Allahyari with one poster and Aqazadeh and Saleh Zanganeh each with two posters are vying with about 70 finalists whose works are being displayed at the Youth Cultural Center in the Macedonian capital, Skopje.
Iranian artist Majid Abbasi also attended the competition to serve at the jury panel along with Cinzia Ferrara from Italy, Cedomir Kostovic from the United States, Rene Wanner from Switzerland, Serge Serov from Russia and Slavimir Stojanovic from Serbia.
This year’s winners are programmed to be announced during the closing ceremony of the exhibition that will take place on December 28, 2012.

[BRUSSELS]
Exhibit of Female
 Artists: Unexposed
“Unexposed”, an exhibit that features artworks by 40 female artists 1332-89from Iran is on display at  Cantara Art Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit features paintings, photographs and sculptures of 40 young female artists from Iran. Most of this work has never been shown outside Iran, a ban imposed by the gallery owners or self-censorship of the artists.
The idea of organizing the exhibition was presented in 2010 by Cantara curator Fery Malek-Madani, who appealed to Iranian artists.Works by 40 artists were selected from among 400 people who applied for participating in the exhibition, which runs until December 25.
Among the artists are Samin Abarquii, Alieh Abedini, Asareh Akkasheh, Zahra Madani, Sahar Mokhtari, Delara Pakdel, Shima Sohrabi and Atusa Vahdani.
From 9 November to 25 December 2012, from 11 am to 6 pm, at Tour & Taxis. For info, 0476 33 96 76 or email
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[TEHRAN]Persian Tar Candidate
for Heritage List
Traditional Persian musical instrument ‘Tar’ is slated to be registered on UNESCO’s representative 1332-90list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanities.
Following the recent registration of Azerbaijani Tar on the world heritage list, Iran will offer the proposal for registering Persian Tar on the list.
“The name of instrument ‘Tar’, within the collection of traditional Iranian music ‘Radif’ along with other instruments such as ‘Kamancheh’ and ‘Ney’, was registered on UNESCO’s list in 2009, but now we are planning to register the name separately”, said the director of the Regional Research Center for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, Yadollah Parmoun.
The committee examined about 60 candidacies for registration during its seventh session at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, registering 16 elements from different countries including, Iran, India, Italy, Hungary and Ecuador.

[BANGLADESH]
Tirafkan Recognized at Asian Art Biennale
The Iranian conceptual artist Sadeq Tirafkan has won an honorable mention 1332-91at the 15th edition of the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh.
 The winners were announced during the opening ceremony of the event, which was held at the Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka on Saturday.
Tirafkan was honored for his mixed media artwork entitled “Human Tapestry”, a combination of digital photography and hand-woven coarse carpet.
 He was not able to attend the ceremony and his sculptor compatriot Kambiz Sabri accepted the honorable mention on his behalf.
 Works by Sabri and Iranian painter Morteza Asadi have also been showcased at the biennale.
 
[PENNSYLVANIA]
Khataei’s Exhibit in Pittsburgh 

Iranian designing artist and painter Mehrdad Khataei’s drawing and printmaking works 1332-92have been selected to be showcased in a gallery in Pennsylvania, United States.
Khataei’s two created works from his collection titled Lost at the Pigsty will be exhibited at the Box Heart Gallery in the city of Pittsburgh.
The biennial exhibition which is titled “Art Inter/National, Here and Abroad… 2013” is also to host some other works by a number of artists from across the world.
The “Art Inter/National” exhibition takes place January 8 through February 2, 2013.

 [SAN FRANCISCO]
Etminani Exhibit at
 Art People Gallery

Bobak Etminani has spent the last twenty years exploring the majestic beauty hidden within the 1332-93essence of existence, integrating into his work the viewpoints of modern physics and ancient wisdom about the cosmos. By allowing his paintings to be the continuation of the Universe, Etminani has reached a unique and refreshing pictorial space. Of his work, Etminani says: “I paint to harmonize my inner self with an ever-expanding force that weaves everything into one being.”
Bobek Etminani will be showing his “Grey Paintings” collection at Art People Gallery from February 1st-15th, 2013. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th from 4-7pm.