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Andisheh Center offers workshops in poetry, art and culture of Iran. Don't miss this event.

Andisheh Center, the nonprofit with the mission to celebrate and promote Iranian culture, heritage and arts and serve as a bridge to the broader community, invites all to attend a Homage to Women Poets of Iran. The celebration takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, with workshops running 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an evening performance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Agnes Flanagan Chapel on the Lewis & Clark College campus.

The evening performance features an inspirational poetic journey presented by Dr. Admad Karimi Hakkak, professor of Persian language, literature and culture at University of Maryland, who also served as the 2015-16 Visiting Professor for the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Appearing with him are poet and singer Sanaz Zaresani, world renowned composer and instrumentalist Babak Amini and fellow musician Siamak Shirazi.

Workshops will give hands-on experience for those interested in learning about Iranian music and art. The day begins with an introduction to women poets of Iran from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A workshop on Persian classical musical modal system will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Persian music consists of 12 principal musical modal systems, or dastgahs. These dastgahs are a melody type that a performer uses as the basis of an improvised piece.

Calligraphy, one of the most revered arts throughout the history of Iran, will be taught from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Persian dance instruction will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Genres of dance in Iran vary depending on the area, culture and language of the local people and can range from sophisticated reconstructions of refined court dances to energetic folk dances. This workshop will focus on contemporary dance styles.

An introduction to daf (Iranian frame drumming) will end the day from 5 to 6 p.m. The daf is a large Middle Eastern frame drum used in popular and classical music. The frame is usually made of hardwood with many metal ringlets attached, and the membrane is usually fish skin but other skin types such as cow, goat and horse are used. The daf is mostly used in the Middle East, Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia and usually accompanies singers and players of the tanbur, violin, oud, saz and other Middle Eastern instruments.

The day of Iranian activities are presented through a generous grant from RACC and in collaboration with Lewis & Clark.

Tickets to the evening performance are $25 each and can be purchased online at andisheh.org. The workshops are free though registration is requested. Sign up online at andisheh.org.

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