“The Masters of Persian Music” featuring Hosseing Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor and Hamid Reza Noubakhsh are having a concert at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto at 6:30 pm on Friday February 5th 2010.
The Islamic Regime in Iran through Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, known as “Ministry of Censorship” has been restricting and censoring artists inside the country for the past 30 years. Iranian Artists inside Iran cannot publish their art such as books, records, films, and must apply and receive the approval by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The suppression of “freedom of expression” and the state of censorship in Iran has had generated extremely difficult atmosphere for the artist which has led to the creation of “Underground Cinema/Arts” in Iran.
Also, while the Islamic Regime is busy arresting, torturing, raping and murdering dissidents in Iran, it also organizes concerts, film festivals and other cultural events to try to show a “civilized and humane side” of the Islamic Regime to the International Community. The Regime has been using these types of cultural and artistic events as propaganda to convince the International Community that it respects the Rights of Iranian Artists and their Rights to Freedom of Expression.
In light of the suppression of Freedom of Expression imposed on Iranian Society, artists, and arts community by Islamic Regime and the great restrictions and censorship put on Iranian independent artists inside Iran by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, We urge all freedom loving Canadians and Iranians in Toronto to show their solidarity with the freedom loving Iranians by boycotting this concert.
A protest is being organized by independent activists and dissidents in front of the Thomson Hall on Friday night and we urge all freedom loving Canadians to join us in voicing our opposition for the Islamic Regime and its’ “cultural events.”
Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran