10th Regional Music Festival kicks off in Kerman
TEHRAN — The 10th Regional Music Festival was inaugurated in the southern Iranian city of Kerman on Tuesday.
Bam, Baft, Sirjan, Zarand, Rafsanjan and several other towns in Kerman Province are hosting music groups from across Iran as well as different countries during the festival this year, the organizers have announced.
Kerman’s Madar Park is the main venue for the performances taking place during the event.
Master musician of Kyrgyzstan Kutman Sultanbekov, Mohammad Wali Khalaj from Afghanistan, and German scholars Lisa Gaupp and Lutz Dollereder from Leuphana University of Lueneburg are among the foreign musicians attending the festival.
The German musicians are due to hold workshops during their stay in Iran, as well.
The Iranian musicians are coming from Bushehr, Hormozgan, Lorestan, Kordestan, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Fars, Sistan-Baluchestan, South Khorasan and many other regions of Iran.
The organizers have also arranged a number of open-air performances, which are expected to entertain over 2500 aficionados of regional Iranian music during the event running until June 30.
The Kerman Governor’s Office established the secretariat of the festival in 2015 based on an agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
The 9th edition of the event was held during May 2016 after an eight-year hiatus.
An academy for regional music is scheduled to be inaugurated during the festival.
A group performs during the 9th Regional Music Festival in Kerman in a file photo in May 2016.