Banned and lost archival materials of Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis are recovered by AOTFD.

Since the beginning of the project in 2008, Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) has unearthed and digitised the banned archival materials, audio recordings and film footage relating to Shiraz-Persepolis. The recovered archive pieces together the landscape of a forgotten and radical international arts festival which took place in Iran between 1967-77. 

AOTFD’s painstaking retrieval of the archives has taken many years, due to the fact all materials associated with the festival were removed from public access after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The festival was declared decadent and un-Islamic by a religious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in September 1977. The 1978 edition of the festival was cancelled due to security issues. The festival was banned in 1979.

These archival and documentary materials remain officially banned in Iran. The recovered historical documentations reveal a uniquely progressive crucible of intercultural collaboration.

Discover the ongoing digitised archives of the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis, retrieved by AOTFD.
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Film and video material from the Festival of Arts.

Browse the collection of unearthed photographs.