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Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi has said that the coronavirus outbreak in Iran has caused an estimated loss of over 10,000 billion rials (about $45.5 million, based on the free-market rate) in the art and culture sectors by April 19, the end of the first month of the Iranian calendar year.
In letters sent to President Hassan Rouhani, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs on Saturday, Salehi asked for a continuation of the tax exemption for those people engaged in cultural and artistic activities.
The ministry will follow up supporting private sector in the international markets of artistic and cultural works, he maintained.
Italian ambassador to Tehran and Iranian deputy minister of culture in a meeting stressed strengthening art relations between the two countries, IRNA reports.
Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is seeking to establish a national guild of artists, the new director of the ministry’s Visual Arts Office, Hadi Mozaffari, said on Tuesday.
The Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Abbas Salehi, the director of the cultural section of the Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, Teresa Indjein, met in Tehran on Wednesday.