A poem by the Persian polymath Sa'adi helps us understand our shared vulnerability to coronavirus
Shirin Neshat's video installation at NGV and the recent Asia TOPA concert by Abida Parveen highlight how ancient forms can unlock ecstatic spaces for contemporary audiences.
The Persian Empire – on the site of what is now Iran – set the standard for superpowers of the ancient world and left a cornucopia of treasures and architectural masterpieces.
There is so much more to Iran than politics. Its traditional music carries messages of beauty, joy, sorrow and love to the world.