Performing Arts Day in Iran Date in the current year: March 27, 2024

Performing Arts Day in Iran Performing Arts Day, also known as Theatre Day, is an Iranian cultural holiday celebrated on March 27 (7 Farvardin in the Solar Hijri calendar). This date was chosen to coincide with World Theatre Day, an international observance initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

Performing Arts Day in Iran was initiated by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, an executive body established by Ayatollah Khomeini. The decision to add a new holiday to the Iranian calendar was announced at a session of the Supreme Council on August 23, 2016. The first celebration took place on March 27, 2017.

Iranian theatre, also referred to as Persian theatre, dates back to ancient Persia. The closest thing to modern theatre and acting was ceremonial performance that glorified national heroes and legends. A quite detailed description of Persian theatre and other performing arts during that period can be found in the works by the Greek historian Herodotus.

Traditional Persian theatre has many forms and genres, including Naqqāli (a form of storytelling), Ta’zieh (condolence theatre inspired by Shia martyrs), Kheimeh Shab Bazi (traditional puppetry), Siah-Bazi (comical acts on politics), and more.

Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iranian theatre has become more subdued. All performances must comply with the standards of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.

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