MASTER OF CEREMONIES

SINA VALIOLLAH

SINA VALIOLLAH

Radio and TV personality Sina Vilollah is the other master of ceremonies this year. Sina’s unique voice was the reason he was quickly offered the job of presenter for several programmes on the radio station IRIB. Since then, he has continued to both produce and present many extremely popular radio and TV programmes in Iran. He was nominated three times in the Best Presenter category in the Television and Radio Festival Awards, and won the award in 2004. Sina was involved with starting the first Iranian entertainment channel Farsi1, where he has been presenting the popular talk show “Chand Shanbeh Ba Sina” since 2014. 

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BAHAR PARS

BAHAR PARS

Bahar Pars is a colourful actor who was born in Iran and now lives in Stockholm. She has had parts in several plays and has performed in Swedish films. Bahar has won awards for her acting and for having directed the short film “Rinkeby Swedish”. Bahar was nominated for a Guldbagge award for best female supporting role in “A Man Called Ove”, a film that also received an Oscar nomination. In recent years, Bahar has worked at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and is currently in “The Marriage of Figaro”. As one of the Festival of Fire’s two masters of ceremonies, Bahar is going to take us through the evening’s programme. 

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ARTIST

ANDY

Iranian superstar Andy is coming to the Festival of Fire! “The Prince of Persia” or “The Iranian Elvis”, as he is often called, has released over 14 albums and has toured around the world from the USA to Europe and from the Middle East to Russia countless times, playing at the most prestigious theatres and arenas in the world.
Andy has appeared with many international stars such as Jon Bon Jovi and La Toya Jackson, and has performed music for several Hollywood films such as “House of Sand and Fog” as well as playing the celebrity in the film “The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam”, which also starred Vanessa Redgrave, and producing the music for about ten Indian films.

For the second year in a row, he won Best Middle Eastern Album at the JPF Independent Music Awards and Universal Studios voted him America’s best male Iranian pop singer of the decade. In Armenia, Andy has been designated best Armenian male artist five years in a row, as well as winning an award for Best Album. In 2016 the Legend Award was presented to Andy at the Big Apple Music Awards. He has also twice gained recognition from Los Angeles City Council for the work he has done for the city with his music.
In addition to Persian and Armenian, his two native languages, Andy also sings in English and Spanish.

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SAEID SHANBEHZADEH &
ROSTAM MIRLASHARI:
AFRO-IRANIAN MUSIC

Last autumn they brought the house down at the Apollo Theatre in New York and in San Francisco! Successful and creative collaboration continues between the Paris-based musician and dancing virtuoso Saeid Shanbehzadeh and Stockholm-based singer Rostam Mirlashari (known as The Prince of Balochi Music). Both are leading figures in music from their respective areas, and tour all around the world. Both come from southern Iran, Bushehr province, southwestern Iran ch province of Baluchistan in southeastern Iran, both on the edge of the Persian Gulf with a strong African influence as a relic of the slave trade. They and their band take us on a winding journey where exciting Afro-Iranian music meets blues and jazz. Their first album “Pour Afrigha” is being released in the spring.
Band members: Naghib Shanbehzadeh, percussion, Sheida Shanbehzadeh Bozorgmehr, percussion/chorus, Jimmy Wahlsteen, guitar and Pierre-Alain Tocanier, drums.

ZULAYKHO MAHMADSHOEVA

Zulaykho Mahmadshoeva is one of Tajikistan’s new Tajik pop music stars. Her music is a mixture of Tajik folk music and pop, but Zulaykho herself prefers to call it mostly pop. She cares a lot about tradition but is still considered a huge idol by her young Tajik audience. Zulaykho is backed by Sharafodin Shkarov on keyboard, Omid Mazlom, guitar, Ramin Yousefi, bass, Marcello Nunez, drums and Pedram Lahijani, percussion, directed by Shapor Bastansiar.

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BERRIN SAHIN

BERRIN SAHIN

Berrin Sahin was born in eastern Turkey. She plays the baglama and the cura, and sings in Kurdish, Turkish, Azeri and several other languages. In addition to doing concerts with her sisters, Berrin has featured in various musical contexts. She was one of two soloists in Karl Jetkins’ “Stabat Mater”, collaborated with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and with jazz musician Magnus Lindgren, and sang in “The Emigrants” at Västmanland’s Theatre.
Berrin appears together with Saman Alias on clarinet, Ali Shaker Ali, saz, Omid Mazlom, guitar, Ramin Yousefi, bass, Marcello Nunez, drums and Pedram Lahijani on percussion, directed by Shapor Bastansiar.

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ABJEEZ with YAKUMBÉ

ABJEEZ with YAKUMBÉ

Persian-Swedish world pop band Abjeez was formed by songwriting sisters Melody and Safoura Safavi. Their texts – which are often humorous and rebellious – are written in Farsi, but the music’s groove and their dramatic delivery break down all language barriers.
At the Festival of Fire, we’ll hear Abjeez supported by the percussion group Yakumbé, whose explosive energy and unique appeal can transform every dance floor into a rocking sea of people! Yakumbé mix influences from the world’s catchiest and most compelling rhythms with beats of their own.

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ALLYAWAN

ALLYAWAN

Rapper Allyawan from Jönköping has been around on the Swedish rap scene for nearly a decade. Allyawan’s debut EP “Dümma Mig” touches on subjects like racism and prejudice. In 2015 Allyawan was involved in TV4’s “Happy Streets”, and his interpretation of “I once had a Boat” went straight up to number 1 in the singles chart. Allyawan recently took part in the Melody Festival in Malmö. He plans to release the album “Lofe” in April.

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DJ PORIA

DJ PORIA

DJ Poria is one of Iran’s most well-known DJs, and has played at most clubs around the world. His Persian club hits cause the dance floor to swing, with long queues forming whenever he has been booked. During the evening, he will offer a special mix of superhits mainly from Iran, with elements from the whole of the Middle East. Do you wanna dance? Well – now you know where to go!
PARVAZ

PARVAZ

The Parvaz Dance Ensemble takes its inspiration from the art and poetry of the old Persian kingdom. With a background of studies in traditional dances from Iran and Central Asia, it manages to create expressive stage productions that are full of poetic elements, exciting rhythms and ecstatic whirls. The group consists of four artists who all have extensive experience as professional dancers.

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ACT OF EMOTION

ACT OF EMOTION

Act of emotion put in a guest appearance at the Festival of Fire this year as well, this time with their groundbreaking – and breathtaking – light show. Flashing lights, iridescent wings, magical dancers and light projections straight up into the air – prepare to see something you’ve never seen before! Act of Emotion are a talent and entertainment agency and production company that supplies some of the world’s top fire and new circus artists. These artists have a passion for their art form, and will always surprise and delight.

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