Culture x Change # Iran

Film, Lecture, Workshop, Concerts
Culture X Change # Iran

11. - 15. 05. 2022


Iran is diverse and rich on many different levels. Even if the headlines in the Western media focus on the dark side of the Islamic Republic, behind it, especially on a cultural level, lie the treasures and influences of a culture that is thousands of years old.

For some time now, numerous artists and cultural workers with close ties to Iran have been living and working in Austria. They have been an integral part of the creative scene for years.

Especially in these challenging times, the dialogue between different views of religion and politics is needed so that this world - not least through the exchange of artistic positions - becomes a better, a more just, a more peaceful one.
Culture X Change #Iran wants to inspire, irritate and encourage people to see the world with different eyes.

Culture X Change #Iran is a co-production of Kulturen in Bewegung /VIDC, schl8hof Wels, Kulturverein waschaecht Wels, Programmkino Wels and Life Travel.
Funded by ADA and Linz AG.

Program folder                     Poster

Wed. 11.5. 19.30 Schl8hof | Guenther Guni "On the road in Iran".
Thu. 12.5. 18.00 Programmkino Wels | Portrait, films, film talk: Houchang Allahyari
Fri. 13.5. 20.00 Marienkirche | Gabbeh feat. Golnar Shayhar, Mona Matbou Riahi, Manu Mayr
Sat. 14.5. 20.00 Schl8hof | Tahereh Nourani | Mahan Mirarab, Sarvin Hazin, Amir Wahba & special guest Matthias Loibner
Sun. 15.5. 15.00 Schl8hof | Children's program "Lalala" | Nowruz with Aitak Ajangzad & Mahan Mirarab


Wednesday, May 11, 2022
On the road in Iran | Guenter Guni

7.30 pm Schlachthof Wels
An introductory event by and with photographer and tour operator Guenter Guni (LifeTravel), who has been traveling Iran for years, providing deep insights into the country and its people through his small-group travels.
Admission: 5 Euro

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Houchang Allahyari | Portrait
Programmkino Wels, 6 and 8 p.m.
Houchang Allahyari will be present in person. Afterwards there will be a film talk with the award-winning director.
Houchang Allahyari celebrated his 80th birthday last year, which he did not celebrate. "I never actually celebrate my birthday. I don't want to get older, I want to have more time to realize my projects. That's not about the fear of dying. I simply still have a lot to do. I'm not important as a person, my films are. It's practically like with my children," he stated in an ORF interview.

18:00 - Goli Jan - I can't be a girl
His current film "Goli Jan" tells the story of two Afghan youths. They initially flee to Iran and dream of life in Europe. The theme of "flight" continues to preoccupy the human psyche and its constant search for belonging.

20:00 - 7 Stories About Love
Together with Babak Behdad, Allahyari dedicates an unusual episodic film to his old homeland: seven stories tell in a variety of ways about the country, its people and (suppressed) longings, about love as an ideal that can at best be approached. A divorced couple forms the starting point for this mixture of REIGEN and TAXI TEHERAN, which mostly takes place in apartments or cars. In between, the city breathes. In the end, some of the characters find themselves at the train station ... A film about farewell and departure, age-wise and moving. (Florian Widegger)

Friday, May 13, 2022
8 pm Marienkirche Wels, Herrengasse 2
Gabbeh is not only a hand-knotted carpet. Gabbeh is also a music trio.Ensemble Gabbeh lives in Vienna and is inspired by the same concept: It picks up threads and brings them together. Its musical textures and designs evolve from the open space of improvisation and are rooted in the vital diversity of traditional Iranian folklore. A polyphonic fabric of remembered fragments of Persian children's songs, travel narratives and lifelines and their reverberations in the Viennese diaspora. Two worlds, mirrored many times, broken and put together anew.
Golnar Shahyar - Voice, Percussion Mona Matbou Riahi - Clarinet Manu Mayr - Double Bass
Admission: 10/12/16 Euro

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Up to Date #Iran
8 pm Schlachthof Wels
New music from Iran. Improvised, unvarnished, uncensored, straightforward and contemporary. Two concerts in one evening!

Tahereh Nourani
"If I had to describe my current music, I would characterize it as a mixture of electroacoustic, minimal music and experimental. An arc that spans between ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Memory Response) and Noise."

Mahan Mirarab, Sarvin Hazin, Amir Wahba special guest Matthias Loibner
A premiere in Wels! For the first time Mahan Mirarab, the virtuoso guitarist and Sarvin Hazin, the formidable Kemanche and violin interpreter play a concert together. They will be accompanied by the accomplished percussionist Amir Wahba. They will be joined by Matthias Loibner, one of the most accomplished hurdy-gurdy players in the world. The quartet promises musical flights of fancy between the cultures, as they are rarely heard in this constellation. A listening experience!
Mahan Mirarab - guitar, Sarvin Hazin - kemanche, violin, Amir Wahba - percussion, Matthias Loibner - hurdy-gurdy
Admission: 12/14/20 Euro

Sunday, May 15, 2022
Lalala _ Children's program(from 4 years)
Nowruz at the Schlachthof Wels, 3 p.m.
With Aitak Ajangzad and Mahan Mirarab
Nowruz, the Persian spring festival, rings in the new year in several countries. Aitak Ajangzad, the versatile music educator, together with Mahan Mirarab has put together a program for the whole family to celebrate spring in a playful way! There will be singing and dancing! A unique opportunity to welcome spring with all your senses and learn a few songs in Persian at the same time!
Admission: 5 Euro