Iran’s theater, in particular, and performing arts, in general, has achieved growth in the past year, said Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, highlighting that people welcomed theatrical performances.

The minister and Director General of Performing Arts Office Kazem Nazari attended one of the performances, which was staged on the occasion of Government Week (August 24 to 30), IRNA reported.

According to reports received from different departments of the ministry on the occasion of the week, the measures of performing arts has seen great developments, the minister said, adding that “the recently-received report is highly promising and I hope such performances will increase sharply in the future.”

He also expressed hope that ta’zieh performances would be staged in the coming months on various occasions.

Speaking on setting the boundaries of the City Theater, which was determined in September 2021, the minister said there had been negotiations with the Tehran Municipality to start the project soon.

Dating back to the Safavid Era, ta’zieh is considered an epic and religious performance that narrates the events of ‘Ashura,’ the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, when Imam Hussein (PBUH) was martyred in the modern-day Iraqi city of Karbala.