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[Newspaper:] Hamshahri

[Date:] Wednesday, 6 Bahman 1373 [26 January 1995]

[Issue No.:] 608

[Page:] 5


Visiting the Largest Cultural Centre in the Country

Urban Culture to the Extent of Knowledge

A spokesperson: Khavaran Cultural Centre[1] will become a centre for the production of cultural products due to its outstanding features…

District 15 of Tehran, which is the focus of this report, in terms of the layout of the Khavaran Cultural Centre, with an area of ​​31.5 square kilometres, has a density of 182.4 people per hectare of land. As a comparative example, it is enough to pay attention to the location of Region One of Tehran. This region, which has the crown of the Central Alborz Mountains, with an area of ​​68.1 square kilometres―more than twice the area of ​​District 15―has a density of 37 people per hectare of land.

Meanwhile, the distribution of cultural and educational facilities, despite the inequality of the population of the two regions, weighs heavily on the benefit of the northernmost part of the city ...

The Future of the Cultural Centre

The advantages and capabilities of the Khavaran Cultural Centre, in order to reduce socially abnormal behaviours and fill the leisure time of youth and teenagers, has blown a spark of hope into the south of the city…

Description of Activities

Looking at the size of the infrastructure and facilities gathered in the Khavaran Cultural Centre, and also due to the relatively slow progress of development activities in Iran, it can be accepted that the cultural centre was built within the framework of an urgency plan, and in this regard, a new record has been set. ...

Saninejad, the CEO of the Khavaran Cultural Centre, describes the huge activities that are being carried out in recent weeks to prepare this unique cultural complex in the country. He says, “All parts of the complex will be operational during the next week. Due to its unique features, after the Islamic Revolution, this cultural centre is one of the major, serious investments of Tehran Municipality in cultural affairs, which will arrive at its utilization stage by the efforts of a group of faithful and dedicated Basij forces in a period of 19 months…”










[1] [The former Baha’i cemetery in Tehran, known as Golestan-e-Javid]