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Jahanshah Javid

Age: 56 |

Birth City: آبادان |

Joined on October 02, 2012

Farvardin Daliri's story of abuse


Townsville Bulletin: MOST of Farvardin Daliri’s early memories are shrouded in trauma.

Being from a religious minority in Iran, as a young boy he experienced “the true face of human rights abuse and discrimination.”

Farvardin, who is of the Baha’i Faith, has lived in Townsville for the past 28 years but his journey here was no mean feat.

Born in a small town in central Persia called Abadeh, Farvardin grew up in the suburbs of Tehran where he completed his year 12 studies.

“Eventually I left my homeland at the age of 19 after suffering imprisonment and torture in Tehran because of my religious believes,” he said.

Farvardin fled Iran for India where he spent the next 10 years of his life, completing his studies in Fine Arts at the most traditional art school in Lucknow, India.

“I established an art studio. Along with my wife and newly born son Erfan, I settled down to build my home in Lucknow,” he said.

After a change of government in Iran, Farvardin found himself ineligible for an Iranian passport and refused an India residential via meaning he and his family were declared “stateless”.

“I was forced to choose between two options — either I had to go back to my home country or proceed to a third country as a refugee,” he said.

“We chose the latter and I lost my home for a second time.”

In 1984, with his small family, Farvardin arrived in Tasmania as a refugee. He was 30, homeless, tired, penniless and friendless.

“Soon the Aussie angels of help, friendship and support arrived at our door in the East Devonport flat we were placed in when we first arrived,” he said.

“Those relationships and friendships are still flourishing, and we are all still in close contact, like any other extended family.

“They were fifth generation Aussies who did not care about colour or belief, they just treated us as family and made our initial stage of settlement easy and joyful.”

Farvardin studied bachelor, master and PhD degrees at Latrobe, Monash and James Cook universities before the final stage of his PhD brought him, his wife Lida and three toddlers to Townsville where they started their “humble life” at Pope St, Aitkenvale.

“There was something else that attracted me to this place,” he said.

“(It was the) original inhabitants of this land — the Aboriginal people and their connection to culture and country.

“It was at JCU, when I was working as a research assistant that, for the first time, I heard of Townsville’s past racial struggles.

“From my own personal experiences of being an outsider, I could see that there are issues that need to be resolved and wounds that need to heal.

“So, I offered my services for that healing and unifying process. Unifying Australia’s fragmented multiculturalism became my purpose.”

In the 1990s Farvardin became involved with the Migrant Resource Centre and became the centre’s director in 1995. It was then renamed the Townsville Intercultural Centre.

Farvardin also established the Townsville Cultural Festival to help his efforts to unify the city.

“My wife Lida and my children joined hands in supporting me and never discouraged me,” he said.

“For 24 years Lida has worked with me as a full-time volunteer, never complaining about putting up with a part-time husband and dad.”

The festival grew from a small half-day affair to an internationally recognised event.

Despite a period of uncertainty in 2016 when Townsville City Council withdrew its financial support, the festival has since continued and is now held in the grounds of JCU in August.

Cat in the sack

Valentino keeping warm under the sheets.

Spain avoids World Cup upset


CBS Sports: Spain earned its first win at the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, narrowly beating Iran 1-0 on a fortunate goal from Diego Costa. Iran played toe-to-toe with Spain and deserved more from the match, but Spain's central defense made some important stops, got the winner in the second half and held on to move into a tie for first place with Portugal in Group B.

Not an impressive result for Spain, who didn't look nearly as sharp in attack as they did in the 3-3 draw against Portugal to open the tournament. They did have 69 percent possession and 17 shots, but only managed three on target. Iran failed to have a shot on target in the game but looked to have scored late; however, video assistant referee confirmed offside.

And this leaves the group really tight for the finish. Spain and Portugal are on four points, while Iran is on three, making the last group stage match between Portugal and Iran a massive one with huge implications. Spain will finish the group stage by facing Morocco. 

Silence of the lambs

On Calle Triunfo.

Enduring heritage

Man watching the World Cup on the big screen in Plaza de Armas.

Living on the edge

Valentino on the patio of my friend and neighbor Jeremy.

Thank you Morocco!

The New York Times: After a chippy, unsatisfying game, Iran won its World Cup opener against Morocco on Friday in St. Petersburg, 1-0, thanks to an own goal in added time.

Trying to clear a last-second ball across the goalmouth, Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco dove for a header, and the ball went unerringly into the corner of his own net.

It was a hard result for Morocco, which played the more enterprising, offensive minded game. The team had several chances that fell short during the contest, but at least looked like getting a point, until the terrible finish.

Both teams, but especially Iran, engaged in a great deal of physical play, and numerous players from both sides hit the turf with injuries throughout.

While Morocco occasionally threatened to score, Iran failed to trouble the goal much at all, taking many of their shots from 40 yards or more and unsurprisingly failing to convert them >>>

Khayyam Fountain: Monir Farmanfarmaian

Triennial Bruges 2018: Liquid City has invited international artists and architects to reflect on how flexible, fluid, resilient a historic city like Bruges can be at a time when nothing seems certain... The Iranian artist imagines the perfect city. The tower, built from repetitive geometrical crystal structures inspired by patterns from the mystical Sufism, reflects our ideas and dreams about a new society.

In Khayyam Fountain, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian gathers together various aspects of her visual alphabet, inspired by Sufi mysticism. The geometrical patterns are piled up as multilayer volumes to form a glass fountain. The three-, four- and even eight- or nine-sided shapes are alternately twisted and cut out into a hollow sculptural installation. Each element has its significance, such as the triangle, which can represent the human being. With four points on the circumference of a circle, you can draw a square, the angles of which point in the four cardinal directions; the sides of a pentagon can stand for the five senses and the angles of a hexagon symbolize virtues. Inspired by mirror mosaics and stained glass in ancient palaces and temples in Iran, the artist uses light and glass to create a fantastical play of refractions, with an evocation of water as a symbol of clarity and life >>>


Holding offerings to the Inca king, at Maukallaqta festival recreating one of the myths about how the dynasty was born.

Rare beauty

Poncho woven in 1970 in Combapata, Peru. At Arte Antropologia store in Cusco. Approximately $2,000.