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Encounters with Persian verse, art and music

When May 05, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Fitzwilliam College Auditorium
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Encounters with Persian verse, art and music

Ticket price of £5.98 (£3.83 for students) includes refreshments

‘A gramophone record, the musical idea, the written notes, and the sound-waves, all stand to one another in the same internal relation of depicting that holds between language and the world’, wrote the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In 'Encounters with Persian verse, art and music' you will experience something similar; readings of poems by the great medieval Persian poets in their original language, paintings inspired by this poetry, translations of the poetry rendered into English (which often take a liberal interpretation of the originals, whilst maintaining their essential spirit and meaning) and, finally, these translations set to music.

That is, you will experience the same underlying ideas originally expressed in the Persian poetry made manifest in different art forms, or different languages if you like. -- Oliver Rudland, Artistic Curator


From 5pm: Exhibition of artwork by Sama Soltani

5.30pm: A brief introduction to Persian poetry by Parwana Fayyaz

6pm: Concert of student compositions performed by the Ligeti String Quartet, harpist Keziah Thomas and singers from the University

7.30pm: Concert of maqam performed by Nasim-e Tarab


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Cambridge has a long and distinctive tradition in the study of the Middle East and Asia. This Faculty prides itself on exploring these fields through the local languages and encourages students to learn through real world engagement. If you are interested in these world regions and want to discover their languages, cultures, histories, religions, and politics, then this is the home for you. 

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