Performance Report of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival
The Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival is held every year during the Ten-Day Keramat Celebration (from the first till the eleventh of Dhu al-Qidah) and at the occasion of the lightened and prosperous birth anniversaries of the Scholar of the Household of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them), Imam Ali Ibn Musa al-Reza (PBUH) and her ladyship the benevolent of the Ahl al-Bayt, Fatimah Masoomeh (PBUH), (and also honoring Hazrat Shah Cheragh (PBUH)); this festival is celebrated majestically both domestically and in foreign countries with the efforts of people (lovers of the Devine Leadership [Velayat]) and servant officials. The Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival is of extreme importance since annually intellectuals, scientists, artists and in one word "creators of fine Razavi works" provide a spiritual atmosphere by creating invaluable works to promote Razavi culture, lifestyle, and beliefs.
Theme programs defined in the framework of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival include those programs which are managed by the General Administration Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran and all the national and provincial member institutions of the festival; the themes include cultural, artistic, cinematic, journalistic, digital media, and children and young adults, which are all covered in this festival in the form of healthy and constructive competitions. Currently, there are 57 categories in the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival which are devoted to these themes and each of them are administered by an expert committee which is managed by esteemed cultural, artistic, cinematic and journalistic deputies of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. In addition, Iran’s Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults is in charge of the committee of children and young adults.
Scientific and research seminars of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival which are primarily held by the universities, seminaries and scientific-research and cultural centers, produce papers and research works under the supervision of university faculty members and with the framework of the Razavi culture and beliefs; currently, nineteen categories of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival are devoted to this topic.
The international programs of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival are defined based on benefiting from the cultural-scientific capacities of international intellectuals and scientists; these programs are held with the cooperation of the lovers of the eighth shining star of the sky of Imamat and Vilayat [Divine Leadership] worldwide with scientific, cultural and artistic approaches. This section of the festival is held with the leading role of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization; furthermore, the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUH) World Assembly and the Al-Mustafa Al-Aliamiye Association have major roles in this section of the festival.
The general programs of the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival create spiritual opportunities during the "Ten-Day Keramat Celebration", all around the country from cities to villages in form of public celebrations, and especially celebrations that are held for honoring the stops of his holiness in the pathway of the historical immigration of Imam Reza (PBUH) from Medina to Merv, and in honoring the Descendants of Imams and the holy places. This spiritual atmosphere is created by planning public celebrations during the "Ten-Day Keramat Celebration", by the formation of the Organizing Council of Honoring the Ten-Day Keramat Celebration which works under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Culture and Arts Associations of Mosques of the country.
This book only presents some parts of the performance of the 11th Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival, nationally and internationally; it is published by the Imam Reza (PBUH) International Foundation of Culture and Arts Publications and is dedicated to the lovers of the holy presence of Razavi culture, may it be for public benefit and usage. Finally, what matters the most is the perseverance and hard work of all provinces, organizations, and associations who had participated in this magnificent festival. Words are inadequate for expressing thanks and gratitude to them. We hope that one day their services may be for rescue at the Presence of Allah, the Provider of all Needs.
Sayyid Javad Jafari
CEO of Imam Reza (PBUH) International Foundation of Arts and Culture
And Senior Secretary of Imam Reza (PBUH) International Festival