Nowruz Celebration at UCLA's Royce Hall, image courtesy of the @FarhangFoundation
Alireza Ardekani: The Freedom Sculpture is a monument that Farhang Foundation gifted to the City of Los Angeles as a symbol of freedom and multiculturalism based on the ideals of Cyrus the Great. It's a crowdfunded project supported by over 1.2 million individuals from over 52 countries, and it is permanently installed on Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East.
AA: My favorite dish is the Tadig with Ghormehsabzi (Crispy Rice with Herb Strew).
AA: LA has the largest Iranian community outside of Iran. So, we throw a lot of concerts for the community. We have many major concerts at Royce Hall.
Saffron & Rose Ice Cream
AA: Cucumber and Orange Blossom are my favorite flavors. They have many Persian flavors that may not be commonly-known to non-Iranians.
AA: Best place for Persian cream puffs and Persian shirni (small cookies).
AA: Best fresh and warm Persian flatbread known as Sangak.
AA: Music Box is 40-years old. It’s one of the last music shops around, and is the only music store dedicated 100 percent to Iranian music. Artists I recommend: Googoosh, Homayoun Shajarian, Pallett, Eendo, Kiosk, Mohsen Namjoo, Shahin Najafi.
AA: This gallery specializes in contemporary Iranian art, which is very in demand all over the world.
Read up on other places to experience art in DTLA with Advocartsy founder Roshi Rahnama HERE...
Tahdig at Raffi's Place image courtesy of @raffisplace
Kabob at Raffi's Place image courtesy of @alis_foodnetwork
Header Image courtesy of @FarhangFoundation