The first ever Arvand Prize for International Understanding was awarded to Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) during an exclusive dinner event of EUIRANC at China Club Berlin on 15 September 2022. The prize was accepted by NRC’s country director in Germany Per Byman on behalf of the Iran country director Filip Lozinski.
September 2022, Berlin, Germany
The most famous German poet was a great admirer of the Iranian poet Hafez. Inspired by Hafez, Goethe wrote the volume of poems “West-östlicher Divan”. Goethe was not able to get to know his idol who was born over 400 years earlier, and he never made the journey to the tomb of Hafez in the Iranian city of Shiraz. That was meant to be changed. EUIRANC was a proud partner of the opening of a Goethe light sculpture exhibition by the artists Knut und Ingrid Reinhardt, which was brought to the Hafezieh in Shiraz.
May 2022, Shiraz, Iran
For the Yalda Culture Weekend 2021, EUIRANC proudly announced: a focus on Iranian women – through exhibitions, documentary viewings, a discussion on football, a book launch and a folklore concert by Maestra Sima Bina. The Culture Weekend was planned to show new perspectives on Iran usually not seen in the European media. It was akso meant to include the annual awarding of the Arvand Prize. The two-day event was postponed to fall 2022 due to the pandemic.
December 2021, Berlin, Germany
“European-Iranian perspectives in the shadow of the past” panel discussion following the Germany film premiere of Coup 53
EUIRANC had the pleasure of welcoming prominent panelists in Berlin following the Germany premiere of the film “Coup 53”. The panelists of the event were Volker Schlegel (former Ambassador of Germany and State Councillor, and member of the Advisory Board of EUIRANC) and Taghi Amirani (director of Coup 53). The panelists discussed how Europeans and Iranians can achieve better mutual understanding, whilst taking into account the European-Iranian history.
September 2020, Berlin, Germany