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Silk Road calligraphy exhibition wraps up in Iran

Hooman Abedi
Press TV, Tehran

The ancient Silk Road has existed for thousands of years, passing through many different empires, kingdoms, and countries throughout history. The Silk Road enriched the countries it passed through, transporting cultures, religions, languages and, of course, goods. Last week Iran was hosting a calligraphy festival where artists from Silk Road countries exhibited heir works.

Iranian cultural figures, artists from different countries, as well as envoys and attaches of the foreign states attended the closing ceremony of the biggest calligraphy event which was held in the prestigious Jondi Shapour library in the west of the capital. 

Some of the artists also performed calligraphy live while the audience could watch their expertise. Talking to Press TV, UNESCO officials said that the exhibition aims at convening countries which have old and historical civilizations.

Art works from Silk Road countries including Pakistan, Egypt, India, Tajikistan, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria and Afghanistan were put on show both virtually and physically with limited number of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The organizers noted that as the works were in different languages, it was not possible to judge them. Veteran calligraphers also noted that calligraphy is a heritage that must always be preserved.

Calligraphy works by 203 artists from 30 countries have been showcased at the exhibition, which officially opened on January 20 in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. 

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