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[Adapted from website:] Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1400 [10 May 2021]

 

80 Works Reached the National Festival of Rang-Ha va Neyrang-Ha [Colours and Deceits] in Semnan

Semnan - IRNA – The deputy minister of arts and cinema of the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Semnan Province said, “More than 80 works were sent to the first national cultural and artistic festival―the Festival of Colours and Deceits in Semnan.”

According to IRNA, on Monday, Abolfazl Delaram said, “The Festival of Colours and Deceits is held with the aim of revealing the ominous goals of emerging and perverse sects, in cooperation with the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Province, the Islamic Propagation Office of Qom, the Municipality of Semnan and [the Islamic] Seminary.”

The deputy minister of arts and cinema of the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Semnan Province stated that the end of Khordad [middle of June] is the deadline for submitting works to the Festival of Colours and Deceits. He said, “The festival will include sections on posters, motion graphics, caricatures, documentaries, stories, animation, radio and playwriting.”

He said that the festival has envisaged 24 specific topics in the content section. The judging of the received works will be done in two parts―content and technical sections.

The deputy minister of arts and cinema of the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Semnan Province said, “The purpose of holding this cultural and artistic festival is to have a cultural and artistic encounter with perverse sects and false mysticism.  The principal themes of this festival include sects, the perverse Baha’i sect, Zionist Christianity, false mysticism and emerging sects, the Hojjatieh Society, Sufism and the deviant currents of Sufi sects.

He said, “Artists in various fields can upload their works in the formats defined on the festival website at http://Nayranghafestival.ir until the end of Khordad [middle of June].”

The deputy minister of arts and cinema of the of the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Semnan Province said, “Befitting prizes are envisaged for the best works of this festival, which include from 30 to 70 million rials and will be awarded to the winners within different fields.”

The first national Festival of Colours and Deceits, with the cooperation of the province’s art seminary, the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Semnan Province, the Islamic Development Office of Qom School of Theology advisory, the Islamic Propagation Department, Semnan Municipality’s cultural, social and sports organization, general administration of sport and youth of Semnan, the non-governmental organization Negah, the management of the seminary of the brothers of the province and the Municipality of Semnan will be held.