Events in Detail...

A Hundred Years of Painting by Armenian Artists of Iran

 International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations holds an exhibition titled “A Hundred years of Painting by Armenian Artists of Iran” in the Fall of 2000, Tehran, Iran.

Artists and collectors are respectfully invited to assist the Centre in this eventful occasion by presenting their works of art.

All the exhibited paintings will be insured by the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations.

For more information please contact the Exhibition Secretariat from June 5, 2000 on.

Tel:2206637-9        Fax: 2210936       

E-Mail: Painting@dialoguecentre.orgReturn

Paintings by New Generation Artists of Austria  

The Center of Creation of Niavaran Cultural Complex in association with Dept. of Culture of Austrian Embassy held a painting exhibition by four Austrian artists. Lydia Darr, one of the painters who had presented her abstract works was present at the opening ceremony, answering the questions on behalf of the three other artists: Stefan Emmelmann, Hanns Fladererand and Christian Gweiner.

The exhibition began to work with the opening speech of the cultural attaché of the Austrian Embassy, who declared Dialogue among civilizations as the incentive for holding this exhibition. 

The Exhibition will be open to May 15, 2000.  Return

Literature, Culture and Dialogue among Civilizations

The seminar, to be held by ICDAC’s Department of International Affairs on Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2000, will begin by the opening speech of the Head of ICDAC’s Department of International Affairs Dr. Behzad Shahandeh and proceed by eight speeches delivered by four Spanish scholars and four of their Iranian counterparts. A round-table discussion on the subject will follow, and the seminar will be concluded by the speeches of Prime Minister Aznar, IRI’s Vice President Mr. Hassan Habibi and Cultural advisor to President Khatami and ICDAC’s president Dr. Mohammad Javad Faridzadeh. (Click to see the program)

Bologna Children's Book Fair

The best books, the latest multimedia titles and the finest illustrations
from around the world
will be presented at the 2000 CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR, March 29 - April 1, 2000.

The world's leading event for copyright business and international co-productions in children's books and children's software, and number-one meeting place for children's book illustrators from around the globe. 1,391 exhibitors from 81 countries and 20,000 visiting professionals, including 3,550 from 70 countries will attend the exhibition, held at the Exhibition Centre, Piazza Costituzione Entrance.

Product Sectors include Books for children and young adults, Textbooks, Multimedia publishing and Illustrators Exhibition.

The Fair will also stage Bologna European City Of Culture In 2000. The Show will host a four-picture story for the new millennium, and is dedicated to the "total creative", i.e. to the artists who conceive and produce both the pictures and the text in a book. Some of the world's leading illustrators will design a new and variegated international alphabet. The show will be accompanied by interactive workshops.Return

Music: A Global Language

Two distinguished Spanish artists performed a Flamenco concert in the Cinematec Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, February 24, 2000. Miguel Rivera and Antonio Lopez were supposed to present their program in two sequences, each consisting of five pieces, but the enthusiastic reception of the audience persuaded them to add three more pieces to the program.

The Concert was sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Tehran, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts.Return

University Students and Dialogue Among Civilizations

 The first University Students’ Conference on Dialogue Among Civilizations was held at Sureh University, Tehran, Iran, February 23, 2000.

Among the honorable guests were the Head of International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultural Advisor to the President Dr. M. J. Faridzadeh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education Dr. Riyazee, and also President and Founder of Islamic Cultural Foundation of Colombia Dr. Zapata. 

As the first speaker of the ceremony, Dr. Faridzadeh said in a speech: “Dialogue Among Civilizations is a call for assessment and dialogue based on the eradication of violence in establishing an understanding on the origins of various civilizations.  

He then continued, “The theory of Dialogue Among Civilizations, as proposed by President Khatami, gives new indications to all the people of the world. In the UN standards, Nation is the smallest unit for setting borders, while in the theory of Dialogue Among Civilizations; the smallest unit is Dialogue of Civilization.  

The second speaker of the gathering was Dr. Riyazee, who stressed on the necessity of students’ extensive participation in the realization of the theory of Dialogue Among Civilizations. He stated, “ Up to now, the society of dialogue Among Civilization has been established in 23 universities and higher education institutes, all with coordinated plans for the year 2000.”  

Next on the line was Dr. Zapata, who commented on the originality of Iranian civilization: “It has roots in 5000 years ago, and has no similarity to the modern new civilization of Colombia.” He added, “ If Iranian art and culture penetrate Colombia, it will lead to an artistic-cultural revolution in this country.” 

In his closing remarks, Dr. Zapata expressed his hopes for the establishment of an extensive relationship between the organizations attempting to promote the Islamic civilizations by the universities and other academic centres.  Return 

Night of Poetry

Common Voice of the Cultures / February 6-7, 2000 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC’s Asia-Pacific Group 

Night of Poetry

ICDAC’s Asia-Pacific Group holds a night of poetry in Tehran Grand Hotel, Feb. 6-7, 2000, 5:00-7:30 p.m. The program, featuring young poets from different countries of the world, is intended to promote the culture and literature of peace and friendship. The young poets of this recital, all students in universities of Iran, are:

February 6th:

1. Hafez Hussein (Malaysia)                  Peace & Friendship
2. Atang Soleiman (Indonesia)               Envy
                                                          Silent Step
3. Mina Nasr (Afghanistan)                   Dawn of Joy
4. Davood Xian Fu (China)                    Memory of Ancestors 
5. Ali Dirani (Australia)                         Dream of a Fair World   
6. Martin Portilo (Peru)                        What is the meaning 
                                                         of Friendship?
7. Chirno Bobeku Baru (Mali)               Peace & Friendship
8. Jenan Asghar Molaie (India)             Peace & Friendship


February 7th:

1. Dina Yulianeti (Indonesia)                     Glory of the Miserable
                                                              Sweeper ’s Child
2. Velepgat Semboon (Thailand)               Peace & Friendship
3. Seyed Aziz Hassan Razavi (Pakistan)  Message of Love
4. Mohammad Aref Basir (Afghanistan)     Arrangement of 
5. Nahal Dirani (Australia)                       A Vision of This World 
6. Edgardo Roben Assad (Argentine)       Peace
7. Abdolghader Mobarak (Nigeria)                        
8. Ebrahim Siseh (Senegal)                    Islam Talks to Humanity
9. Julian Arthur Zapata (Columbia)          A Call upon Civilizations

The recital is open to public.  Return

The Youth and Peace Symposium
21st Century Peacemakers: Young Leaders Teach Students About Building Peace

Throughout the world and in the United States, violence, conflict and war have marked the 20th century. While many adults have asked what can be done, others, including children and teenagers, have taken steps to bring resolution and peace.

On December 7, students from high schools around central Florida gathered at a special day-long symposium near Orlando to meet with young peacemakers from around the globe to discuss how today's youth can actively build a better peace for tomorrow. Presented by the Disney Institute, in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace and in cooperation with the University of Central Florida, the Summit on Youth & Peace offered over 100 Florida high-school students, teachers, and young peacemakers from Liberia, Bosnia, Colombia, Kosovo, and Nigeria the opportunity to share stories and experiences in the hope of initiating positive dialogue about peace and reinforcing the role of young people in making a difference for the next century.

The Youth and Peace Symposium presented a "Day of Peace," dedicated to creating a vision of global peace by exploring the role young people play as peacemakers in the 21st century. Return

Gathering “6th”: Dialogue Among Civilizations / November 17, 1999 / New Delhi, India / Organized by the Office of Cultural Counselor, Embassy of IRRI

The 6th gathering of Dialogue Among Civilizations was held in the Cultural Office of the Islamic Republic of Iran on November 17, 1999. Dean of the school of Philosophy of New Delhi University Prof. Ashok Vohra presided the gathering. In this session Prof. Kamatakant Panda delivered his lecture titled “Dialogue Among Civilizations: A Plan for Global Peace”.

The first session of the gatherings of Dialogue Among Civilizations was held on August 18, 1999. Researchers, intellectuals, writers, professors, students and press representatives attend the gatherings, which are organized by the Office of Cultural Counselor, Embassy of IRRI.

Gatherings of Dialogue Among Civilizations are held every other week in New Delhi, India.Return

End of the History (Prof. John Keane)

Accepting an invitation made by the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations, Prof. John Keane has arrived in Iran to deliver a number of lectures.

According to the ICDAC’s Public Relations, Dr. Keane’s lecture titled “End of the History” is set to be held on Wednesday Oct. 20, at 04:00 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage, Azadi St., S. Zanjan intersection in Tehran.

The lecture is open to public. Dr. Keane is a professor of Political Sciences in the University of West Minister in London. Born in Australia and educated in the Universities of Adelaide, Toronto, Cambridge and the open university of Berlin, Prof. Keane is also Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. He has been honored with numerous awards. In 1992, he was granted the membership of the Royal Society of Human Sciences. He has been constantly working with radio, television, papers and magazines, and is the author of many books including the award winning “Tom Paine: A Political life” (1995), “Reflections on Violence” (1996), “Civil Society (1998) and “The Media & Democracy” (1991)  which has been translated into 18 languages. He is now working on the biography of Vaclav Havel. London Times Magazine has recently announced introduced him as one of the distinguished political authors and intellectuals whose works old significance world wide. In addition to lectures delivered in scientific circles, Dr. Keane will meet with several Iranian intellectuals in Tehran and Qom while in Iran. Return

Dialogue Among Civilizations 

President Khatami’s theory of Dialogue Among Civilizations and the UN designation of the year 2001 as the “Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations” was followed with worldwide responses in the intellectual, religious and political circles, as well as world mass media. The Arab world was no exception, and Dialogue Among Civilizations became the theme of conferences, articles, TV programs and newspapers. Consequently Syria arranged this year’s cultural festival of the 15th International Bookfair of Damascus celebrating the issue, holding a seminar under the title “Dialogue Among Civilizations” along with the Bookfair at the Asad National Library. A number of distinguished Arab intellectuals set forth their ideas and insights in lectures delivered during the seminar. The programs of the cultural festival of Dialogue Among Civilizations included:

  1. Civilization between Dialogue and War in the Post-Modern Era 
    Dr. Yussef Salameh / Syria
  2. Clash of Civilizations or Dialogue among Civilizations
    Dr. Hassan Hanafi / Egypt
  3. Culture of Dialogue in the Arab Civilization
    Dr. Marvan Fares / Lebanon 
  4. Globalization and Civilizational Identity
    Dr. Sami Al-Kheimi / Syria
  5. Dialogue among Civilizations and Disputes among Contemporary Arabs
    Dr. Rezvan Al-Seyyed / Lebanon
  6. The Miracle of the Next Century
    Dr. Adel Al-Ava / Syria
  7. Culture of Globalization and Globalization of Culture
    Dr. Samir Amin
  8. Arabian Culture and the Challenge of Globalization
    Dr. Abdolbaghi Al-Harmasi Return