Iranian culture showcased in Redbridge

IRAN’S culture has been showcased in an event aimed at dispelling some of the misconceptions about the country.

The afternoon, organised by the Iranian Cultural Society, included a display of artefacts, ornaments and pictures from the country.

More than 20 people, including invited guest Cllr Thomas Chan, watched a video showing Iran’s hidden treasures and danced to Iranian music at the Cardinal Heenan Centre, High Road, Ilford.

Peggy Cassalli, of Leyswood Drive, Newbury Park, Iranian-born society founder and event organiser, said: “A lot of people don’t really understand who we are and what we are.

“They think of stoning and whippings, but we have got a wonderful culture.

“Iranian culture and Persian culture is unique.

“I just want to show that to people.”

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The society was established last year to highlight Iranian culture and reach an untapped community of Iranians living in Redbridge.