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Persian Heritage for the World Call.

We are happy to announce the artists whose work will be screened at the event: Pouya Afshar, Shoja Azari, Myriam Farahzadi, and Farah Ossouli

The Cambridge Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary in 2019. As a part of Shahnameh Forever Series, the Centre will be hosting an art event: Shahnameh Forever 005: Persian Heritage for the World. The event will feature the work of artists inspired by the famous ancient and mediaeval literary and visual Persian Classics.

© Homayoun Shajarian

The theme is Interpretation and appropriation of images and stories of Shahnameh. How do Persian classics influence or inspire visual culture in the 21st Century? What is changing in fashion, performance, or the art of moving image itself when it absorbs and appropriates ancient traditions? How does visual intertextuality enrich contemporary discourse?

Whether you have some work related to the subject or feel inspired to make one, this is the chance to have it shown during the event.

Artists are invited to submit their moving image work. Selected works will be included in the exhibition reel for the duration of the show, as well as featured on the official websites of The Cambridge Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies and the Ephemereye, a video art platform and gallery.


1. Create a FREE profile at

2. Send vimeo, youtube, or other links to be considered to with the subject line: Shahnameh.

Please attach your CV and statement.

Selected artists will be required to send MP4 files.

Duration: 1-3 mins, format MP4. Longer pieces may be considered.

Name of the artist visible as a watermark in the lower right corner of the screen. Font: Arial, Helvetica, other sans-serif.

Details can be accessed at and


Submission Deadline: June 6, 2019

Notification of Selection: June 26, 2019

Deadline for selected artists to send in MP4 files: July 7th, 2019

Life event dates To Be Announced by August 31st 2019

If you have any questions, please email us:


REFERENCES: The Shahnameh, Perpetual Narrative.

Dr Firuza Melville, Director of Research, Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Gordafarid presents The Story of Gurdafarid and Suhrab // Performances


Xanthe Gresham Knight, Storyteller. ©Adverse Camber Production.

Prof Charles Melville for Fitzwilliam Museum ©Cambridge University.