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Iranian Women Musicians in Transcultural Dialogue

Female Voice of Iran

On February 11, 2017 the institute hosts the event and concert "Female Voice of Iran: Iranian Women Musicians in Transcultural Dialogue." The event is generously supported by the Competence Area IV “Cultures and Societies in Transition” of the University of Cologne and the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. It arises from a collaboration between the ethnomusicology department of the Universität Köln and the festival "Female Voice of Iran" by the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin (March 16-19.2017).

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s cultural life and music have been strictly regulated. In the process women have been banned from singing solo in public and, as a result, many female vocalists have left the country. This has had a substantial impact on the transmission and cultivation of Iran‘s cultural heritage. Today the situation is slowly changing and a number of young female musicians are increasingly active in music performance and singing. Female Voice of Iran showcases Iran‘s rich musical culture and offers a forum for guest musicians and the audience to discuss the role of women as agents of change in Iranian society.

The participation is free of charge, no registration is necessary.