March 24, 2017 marks the opening of Iranian Cultural Week, a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangkok. The ceremony was presided over by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Mr Mohammad Reza Zeinali, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangkok. Their opening speeches stressed the centuries of tight-knit relationship between the two countries. Included in the opening ceremony were the enchanting live traditional music performance by a group of five Iranian musicians and the video presentations on Iranian tourism and politics.

This is the second time that our Faculty has had the pleasure of hosting this event. The first time was in 2013. The purposes of this collaboration are to promote the Iranian culture to Thai society and to cement the relationship between Thailand and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This vibrant event includes an exhibition of Iranian arts and crafts, such as miniature paintings, charming enameled copper wares, and intricately handcrafted encrustation work (‘khatam’) on wooden picture frames and copper jewelry boxes. In addition to the artifacts, figurines of different Iranian ethnic groups in traditional costumes and miniature replicas of ancient Persian statues and historic monuments are also on display. The exhibition is open to public at Learning Commons, 2nd floor, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building until March 29, 2017.