Image: Dela Ensemble

Nowrouz: Persian New Year

20 March, 10am – 5pm Powerhouse Museum

Celebrate Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, at the Powerhouse Museum.

Traditional Persian dancing, poetry and storytelling in Farsi and English will feature throughout the day, with a classic Haftsin table as traditionally set for Persian New Year, showcased in the Museum’s Cafe. The Café will also offer a Persian menu featuring Kou Kou Sabzi (herb frittata), Ash Reshtech (greens, beans and noodle soup), Joojeh Kebab (chicken kebab) or Chenjeh Kebab (lamb kebab) served with warm flat bread, Shirazi salad and mint labneh or Tahdig (Persian style crispy rice), as well as Persian sweets.

A screening of ‘Of Kings and Paintings’ in the Kings Cinema, a documentary that explains the history of the extraordinary art that was commissioned during the Qajar Dynasty from 1785–1925 in Iran will be displayed all day.

The new exhibition Iranzamin, the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880, will be open. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran – and its people.

Nowrouz is traditionally concluded with Sizdehbedar, a day to celebrate Mother Nature, on 3 April.

Please note that some performances have limited capacity – please register to reserve your seat as indicated below. The Dela Ensemble performance is now SOLD OUT.


10am: National Anthem of Iran

10pm – 3pm: Haftsin Table Talks by Persian Community Members

10.30am – 11am:Hathor Dance Studio – Persian Dance

10.30am & 1.30pm: Persian stories

11am – 4.30pm: DJ Allen

11am & 1pm: Community led tours of Iranzamin

11.30am – 12.30pm: Iranzamin Discussion with Mrs Mehrassa Farjad, Community Leader and Pedram Khosronejad, Curator, Iranzamin Limited capacity, registrations essential here

12.45pm – 1.45pm: Dela Ensemble Limited capacity, SOLD OUT

2pm – 2.45pm: Poetry by Pari Mokhtari in Farsi and English

3pm – 4pm: Eishan Ensemble Limited capacity, registrations essential here