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CHAHAR SHANBEH SOURI OPENS BY:

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KONFERENCIERER

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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 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. 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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ARTISTS

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BIJAN MORTAZAVI

Bijan Mortazavi is an accomplished violinist and singer, a musician of many talents whose roots lie in Iranian classical music. He started playing the violin when he was as young as three, and by the age of seven he had learned to play several other instruments as well. Bijan’s music is written in a variety of different styles, and has been performed both by Bijan himself and by other artists. He plays all the instruments on the albums he has released, and on stage his instrument of choice is the white violin that was made specially for him.  At the Festival of Fire, we will be hearing Bijan perform together with Farrokh Raisi, drums, Hossein Gordin, bass, Amir, keyboard and Shahram Gholami, percussion. 

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SEPIDEH

"A rebel with a cause."    That is how many have described Sepideh throughout her music career as she has worked fearlessly and tirelessly to expand the boundaries of Persian music.     Sepideh has set the Persian music scene on fire ever since her debut album in 1999. From that day on, Sepideh has continued to be one of the most talked-about and sought-after artists in the market.  Indeed, Sepideh's popularity continues to grow - helped in part by her strong online Social Media presence and her videos have garnered millions of views on various streaming platforms.  Infused with American rock beats, Arabic, and Middle Eastern dance rhythms, and sizzling electric guitars, Sepideh's music is an amazing blend of dance, rock, pop, Arabic, and Persian sounds.

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ALIREZA SAREMI

ALIREZA SAREMI

Alireza Saremi - thanks to his great music interest and his musical talent, Alireza Saremi won the stage competition in London in 2017. With the background of being able to master a variety of musical instruments, being choir leader of one of Iran's largest cultural institutions, OKFT (Osterreichisches Kulturforum-Austria Cultural Forum-Tehran) and has written and produced music for some of Iran's known artists - shows us that Alireza's musical journey will be interesting to follow years to come. 

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Jasmine Kara

Jasmine Kara

Jasmine Kara is a half Swedish and half Persian singer/songwriter, born and raised in Örebro.
Her debutalbum "Blues aint nothing but a good woman gone bad" was was released in 2010 in Sweden, in the UK and in Japan and had a lot of success.
She performed live in all the biggest TV shows such as “Allsång på Skansen”, "Let's Dance", "Sommarkrysset", "Lotta på Liseberg" etc. Shortly thereafter, Jasmine went on live tour in UK followed by a launch and breakthrough in Japan. She received radio listings at Tokyo FM and J-wave.

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ELAHA SOROOR

ELAHA SOROOR

Elaha Soroor is a London based Singer/ Songwriter , from Afghanistan.
Her music, deeply rooted in the Afghan folk tradition, is a beautiful combination of traditional and modern sounds with influences spanning from Middle Eastern folk traditions to jazz, flamenco, pop and electronica.
Elaha's music represents young generations in Afghanistan, who have a deep pride in their own culture and identity and yet also have a strong desire for change and innovation. Her powerful, conscious lyrics often address themes such as immigration, war, gender and love.


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BARAN BAND

BARAN BAND

BaranBand always gets their audience dancing!
The band is led by the charismatic brothers Gian and Marouf Majidi and has become famous for their energetic live performances. Baran is the Kurdish word for rain that cleans and creates new. Their music consists of both their own new compositions and new arrangements of traditional music. The band was founded in 2013 and its members represent different musical cultures, genres and roots.

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PANIDA

PANIDA

Panida became a great artist in the Iranian TV talent show "Stage", where she impressed greatly with her amazing energy and came third. After the show, she continues to tour all over the world and has so far released six singles.

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REZA

REZA

Reza is a new Iranian star who found his fame when he came to the final in the TV talent show "Stage", which is an Iranian tv-show equivalent to "Idol".

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DJ PORIA

DJ PORIA

DJ Poria is one of Irans 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!
Erwin Khachikian

Erwin Khachikian

Erwin Khachikian has been touring and recording with different successful international acts since the mid 90’s. His success in Iran as a producer and songwriter has gotten him a well-deserved attention in the community. His solo project, KARMANDAN (office workers) is where he expresses himself freely. His tasteful western melodies and production combined with social topics in his lyrics have made him a unique act to listen to.

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HAFTSIN DANCE

HAFTSIN DANCE

The Haftsin Group is the Messenger of Spring which, with its beautiful dresses (from different regions of Iran), symbolizes unity and peace. They start the whole ceremony when they light the seven fires that will then be used for jumping. Afterwards, they perform a dance with Haftsin's seven elements to express Norooz's message of unity, peace and the flourishing nature and life.

The House band

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Pyrotechnics and fire effects

What would a fire festival be without fire? Arclight, Scandinavia’s largest pyrotechnics company, is putting on an unforgettable fire show that will stay with you for a long time. The entire evening will include fire cannons, fireworks, pyrotechnics and other fire effects on the stage.

Fire-jumping

Jumping over small fires is the all-important part of the Festival of Fire celebrations. It is a popular old tradition that is about leaving the aches and fatigue of the old year behind and striding into the New Year with new vigour thanks to the power of the fire. When you jump over the fire, you’re supposed to shout: “My yellow is yours! Your red is mine!” Yellow symbolises fatigue and illness whereas red stands for strength, energy and love.

Nouruz marquee

No Persian New Year would be complete without a Sofreh Haft Sin table! Just like every Persian family home, the Nouruz marquee will have a gorgeous traditionally-laid table for the New Year. Tradition dictates that the table must be laid with things to symbolise all the blessings a person wishes for during the coming year. There must be at least seven things that start with the Persian letter sin, such as grass, dried fruits, hyacinth or mint, but other things as well, such as mirror, rose water or painted eggs. Come in and take a selfie of yourself and the Haft Sin!

Children’s marquee

The children’s marquee is always a hive of activity! Drop by and see us – we have a whole host of different activities to suit even the tiniest children. In the children’s marquee, you can have your face painted, learn to work with clay, listen to Haji Pirouz’s stories and much, much more. Maybe you’d like to become a tiger? A coltsfoot? Or just do your own thing at your own pace? All children are welcome!

Food marquee

Kungsträdgården will be full of different marquees, many of which will be offering different foods. There will be a wide range of different Iranian dishes to be had, where the main course is the hot Persian soup known as Ash Reshte. No fire festival is worthy of the name without the inclusion of this traditional dish. The noodles in the soup symbolise happiness and success in life.
There will also be several Foodtrucks available to serve you delicious food.

Seniors’ marquee

No Persian New Year would be complete without a Sofreh Haft Sin table! Just like every Persian family home, the Nouruz marquee will have a gorgeous traditionally-laid table for the New Year. Tradition dictates that the table must be laid with things to symbolise all the blessings a person wishes for during the coming year. There must be at least seven things that start with the Persian letter sin, such as grass, dried fruits, hyacinth or mint, but other things as well, such as mirror, rose water or painted eggs. Come in and take a selfie of yourself and the Haft Sin!Are you a senior wanting to come along to celebrate the arrival of the sun and the spring? There will be a special seniors’ marquee at the Festival of Fire for the over-65s. It will have plenty of seating and will be well-heated so that nobody has to feel cold. As seating will be limited, however, we would ask everyone to respect the age restriction.

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