TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) -- The managing director of Iran’s Music House said that the Old Iranian Melodies Festival could boost cultural tourism in the country.

 

“Having a variety of different cultures is one of attractions of the East, particularly Iran,” said Mohammad Sarir on Sunday in press release published by the Public Relations Office of the festival.

 

“The variety is very important for tourists and can be used as a factor to develop cultural tourism in the country,” he added.

 

The first edition of the Old Iranian Melodies Festival, sponsored by the Ganjnameh Tourism-Cultural Complex, is scheduled to be held from June 30 to July 3 at the Ganjnameh ancient site in Hamedan.

 

“Folk music of every society is a part of its national identity and due to this fact, the Ganjnameh Tourism-Cultural Complex has invested in this field,” Sarir said.

 

A wide repertoire of songs will be performed during the event by six bands from the regions of Lorestan, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Fars, and Azarbaijan.

 

“Fortunately, the entries have brilliant backgrounds and can impress the audiences with their performances, which will inspire a certain amount of nostalgia,” Sarir stated.

 

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Located five kilometers southwest of Hamedan, the Ganjnameh site is home to an ancient inscription, which has been carved in two sections on a granite rock of the Alvand Mountain.

 

The inscription on the left of the rock was created during the reign of Darius I (521-485 BC) and the one on the right was ordered by Xerxes I (486-465 BC).

 

Both sections, which have been written in cuneiform in the three ancient languages of Old Persian, Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Elamite, start with praise of Ahura Mazda and describe the lineage and deeds of the Achaemenid kings.

 

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