UK foundation dedicated to promoting arts and culture across Asia

Bagri Foundation

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Squared Kufic Script © The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

© Sohail Anjum


Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

3 - 24 April 2019, Barbican, London

A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, manifests itself in cinema. Commissioned by the Bagri Foundation, award winning film producer/curator Elhum Shakerifar and film curator Faye Harvey have curated the programme in partnership with the Barbican.


The Bagri Foundation, established in 1990, is a family foundation spanning three generations. With a shared spirit of curiosity we are driven by a desire to learn and are inspired by creative, unique and unexpected ideas that weave the traditional and the contemporary of Asian culture.Through a diverse programme of film, visual arts, music, dance, literature, courses and lectures, we give artists and experts from across Asia, or those inspired by the continent, wider visibility on the global stage.


We are proud to forge partnerships with a number of established organisations. These include: the Ashmolean Museum, The Royal Opera House, the Science Museum, the Royal Collection Trust, Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture, the London Indian Film Festival, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican.