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Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh photo festival to open in Iran, UAE

Shahnameh National Photo Festival will open in Iran and the UAE today.

Shahnameh National Photo Festival - focusing on representation of globally known Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh in people’s life - is set to open in Iran and the UAE.

The Shahnameh National Photo Festival is scheduled to commence in the Iranian city of Tus, in Khorasan Razavi Province, and the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai on Sunday, May 14.

Director of the festival, Kurosh Javidi, said the event has been organized to celebrate Iran National Ferdowsi Day, which falls on May 15.

The festival in Tus will be held beside the tomb of one of the world’s greatest literary giants, Ferdowsi.

The exhibit will display a collection of 57 photos that were taken by ordinary people.

Topics will include the tomb of Ferdowsi, the statues of Ferdowsi installed in different locations across Iran, naqqali (which is a style of storytelling dedicated to Shahnameh epic stories), and the reflection of Shahnameh in the daily lives of people.

A book regarding the festival is also scheduled to be published, titled ‘The Gallery of Shahnameh’.

Numerous works of Persian literature have been translated into various languages, including English.

Persian literature with a huge repository has wielded immense influence on world literatures.

Completed in 1010, the Shahnameh is an epic Persian poem by Iranian poet Ferdowsi.