Lowell Lecture

Nowruz Community Celebration

Date & Time

March 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

Join us online to celebrate the Persian New Year! Learn about Nowruz traditions, explore Persian works of art, enjoy music and dance performances, and more. Nowruz is an ancient celebration signaling the beginning of spring.

The free event, streaming here and on the MFA’s Facebook and YouTube channels, features:

  • Women / Immigration / Fight or Flight, a mini opera composed by Shooka Afshar that depicts the challenges faced by women who had to immigrate to another country to follow their dreams, have a normal life, and fight for their basic rights. Inspired by the true story of Afshar, who immigrated to Boston from Iran to pursue her dream of being an opera singer. This is a mixed media project with a stage act by Bahareh Safarani and virtual reality by Asma Khoshmehr and Anna Liesenfeld. Due to COVID-19 limitations, the score, instruments, and singers have been reduced to a concert version.

  • An artist talk from photographer Gohar Dashti on her Home series, which was featured in the 2020 exhibition “Reimagining Home: Photographs by Bahman Jalali and Gohar Dashti.” With an introduction from Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art