The committee began by the recitation of the Holy Quran and reading the especial Salawat of Imam Reza (A.S.), as the News Department of the festival reported. Afterwards, Seyyed Javad Jafari appreciated the announcement of the call of submissions for the 13th International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) on the birthday anniversary of Imam Kazem (A.S.).
He stated that the closing ceremony of the Festival is the demonstration of all provinces and offices’ efforts that are members to the festival and declared, “Planning and policy making of this ceremony requires consultation and sharing ideas of general offices of Culture and Islamic Guidance and organizations’ representatives throughout the country that are members which can come true through this committee.”
Then, the committee members in the meeting discussed about weak points and strong points of ending ceremony of the 12th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival. At the beginning they appreciated the quality of closing ceremony, especially categorized programs of provinces and organizations based on their subjects; introducing secretaries and selected participants in the festival which enjoyed special effects and good ceremonies held by people. Stating that Imam Reza (A.S.) Festival is balanced, they asked to be creative and initiative compared to the last year which certainly would need sharing ideas by all member. Each member said something about the weak points of the closing ceremony and presented a solution to solve them.
In this meeting, the director of 12th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival closing ceremony stated his comments on the quality of the festival. He said, “according to extensive programs of the festival, subject diversity, the geographical spread, and also the one-year efforts of people in charge in and out of the country, it is a difficult job. By ambitious colleagues, chosen from among the most experienced, we could show the best of our abilities to demonstrate provinces and organization efforts in the country and abroad. But our facilities were limited.”
“So the plans and programs should be in proportion with facilities. As far as I know, Imam Reza (A.S.) Festival is the only one that holds a meeting for the next closing ceremony just from the next morning of the previous one and holds a lot of meetings during the festival to evaluate if the ceremony went as planned” he continued.
“But members’ comments of this committee and all the people who care about the ceremony and observe the closing ceremony will help to improve the quality of it. Undoubtedly, the people who are in charge of the festival welcome any kind of initiative and favorable comments and as far as I know they call for innovative ideas for each new festival” he further said.
Afterwards, members emphasized on the following in the meeting:
1- Emphasizing on initiation and creativity in contents of the closing ceremony programs and special effects.
2- Emphasizing on addressees’ more relation with the contents of the program in a way those attendants in the ceremony could have meaningful connections to what is going on.
3- Emphasizing on presenting plans or programs especially for content of the ceremony, decoration design, and what is related to the closing ceremony content for the next committee meeting to be approved.
4- Emphasizing on choosing powerful presenters; introducing candidates to be approved in work group.
5- Emphasizing on International work group representatives attendance and kids & teens work groups in committee meetings.
6- Emphasizing on high quality camera recording and photography of content-adapted plans of provinces and organizations and using visual records in closing ceremony.
7- Emphasizing on attendance of the director of 13th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival closing ceremony in next committee meeting to defend suggested plans and programs.
8- Emphasizing on monthly committee meetings.