Minnesota’s Iranian-Americans take a deep pride in their cultural heritage, rich with accomplishments in the areas of art and architecture, music and poetry. They also take pride in a tradition of religious tolerance and respect for human dignity that they trace back over 2500 years to King Cyrus, founder of the first Persian Empire.
The goal of Iranian Culture Week is to give Minnesota’s Iranian-Americans a way to share that rich culture with their children, and for other Minnesotans to learn about a nation and a culture that are often overshadowed by current geopolitical dramas. Iranian Culture Week will showcase local Iranian-Americans — some with national and international reputations — whose creative work in the arts, literature and scholarship reflects or illuminates their rich heritage. It will also be an opportunity for other Minnesotans to learn about Iran’s history and culture through lectures, photo exhibits, dinners and one-to-one encounters with the local Iranian-American community.
Iranian Culture Week will be held in conjunction with the second annual Minneapolis-St.Paul Iranian Film Festival, tentatively scheduled for August of 2019.