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“Kabul to Kolkata” Of Belonging, Memories and Identity Photography Exhibition

In 1892, Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel prize winner in Literature wrote a short story in Bengali language titled “The Kabuliwala ” about a man from the distant land of Afghanistan-living in Kolkata. Since then, “The Kabuliwala” has taken on a

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Calligraphy exhibition held in Herat to celebrate International Women’s Day

Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day. In order to show appreciation for and celebrate the day, ten female calligraphers in Herat organized a calligraphy exhibition with the help of the Human Rights’ Commission and the Department of Information and Culture.

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Afghan woman to receive the “International Women of Courage” award

Captain Nilofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing Afghan Air Force pilot in the history of Afghanistan, is among the recipients of the “International Women of Courage” award given annually by the U.S State Department. Ms. Rahmani will be among the

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UNESCO announces the winning design scheme for the Bamiyan Cultural Center

An Argentina-based team has been selected from 1,010 design entries from 117 countries for designing the Bamiyan Cultural Center. Led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan and Franco Morero, the selected scheme is entitled Descriptive Memory: The

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Story of a Rubab maker from Afghanistan

Two brothers, getting on in years, make rubabs, a traditional Afghan stringed instrument. They learned the craft from their father and are passing it on to their sons. It is a labour-intensive work. It takes a month to carve each

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5 must-watch movies on Afghanistan

Osama (2003) Director: Siddiq Barmak Starring: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Mohammad Arif Herati,Mohammad Nadir Khwaja During the repressive regime of the Taliban, women were barred from participating in the socio-economic affairs. This path breaking movie revolves around a girl, who loses all the male

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UNESCO Announces the Bamiyan Cultural Center Design Competition

UNESCO officially announced the design competition to build the new Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan. UNESCO, together with the Government of Afghanistan, decided to select the design of the Cultural Centre through an open international competition. The competition will generate

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2nd Herat International Women’s Film Festival kicks off

Herat International Women’s Film Festival, the first ever women’s film festival in the region, is being held for the second time in the ancient Citadel of Herat. This year, the Festival has received 500 films from different parts of the

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Balkh, the 15th oldest city in the world

According to Telegraph, Balkh is the fifteenth oldest city in the world. What is now northern Afghanistan, Balkh was an ancient city and center of Zoroastrianism. The ancient city of Balkh was renamed Bactra under the Greek, giving its name

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First North American Islamic Art Museum to open in Toronto

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: The first Islamic museum in North America was formally opened in Canada on Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili community. Speaking during a landmark

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New museums to be built across Afghanistan

Officials of the Ministry of Information and Culture said construction work on new museums in six provinces of Afghanistan would kick off soon. The museums would be built in Kabul, Bamyan, Balkh, Khost, Logar and Kapisa. General Director of the

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Afghan love story film shortlisted at Sydney Film Festival

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-An Afghan documentary film based on a true love story has been shortlisted to receive award at this year’s Sydney Film Festival (SFF). The film – Love Marriage in Kabul is produced and directed by an Afghan-Australian filmmaker

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Young Afghan artists to compete for Afghan Contemporary Art Prize

Young Afghan artists are prepping themselves for the Afghan Contemporary Art Prize competition that is held every year to encourage local artists to bring in creativity in their work and go beyond the traditional marketplaces and landscapes’ sketches. These artists

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Regional singers perform in Kabul to convey messages of peace and brotherhood

Amid cheerful applause and motivational clapping, the musicians and singers from Afghanistan and some regional countries mesmerized a considerably big audience of mostly young Afghans in Kabul during a two-day “Afghanistan’s Peace Musical Festival” 2013. The festival—organized on 19 and

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Indian film ‘Khuda Gawah’ shot in Afghanistan to get a sequel

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Work on sequel of the Indian movie ‘Khuda Gawah’, which was shot in India and Afghanistan, is expected to start in the near future. The original film was released in 1992 which was based on the story

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Afghan commander submits silver coins from Aynak Copper Mine to the government

Afghan Commander, Lt. Mohammad Naseen Masoudi, handed over 171 coins that were discovered from Aynak Copper Mine to Ministry of Information and Culture. Deputy Minister Sayed Musadiq Khalili appreciated the Commander for his cooperation in protecting the precious relics. According

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“Afghanistan through the Eyes of Afghan Photographers” Exhibition held in Switzerland

An exhibition of photos by Afghan photographers, called “Afghanistan through the Eyes of Afghan Photographers” is being held in Bellinzona city of Switzerland from October 4th to November 24th. Hanifa Alizada, a representative of the Afghan Photographers Network, told Bokhdi

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17 Saudi women marry Afghan men

According to Justice Ministry sources in Saudi Arabia, 34 Saudi women married Afghans and Bangladeshis last year, with an equal split between the two nationalities, 17 in each case. This is a new marriage trend that is fostering in Saudi

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Afghanistan celebrates its 94th Independence Day

(By Aazem Arash, Tolo News) On Monday, August 19, Afghanistan celebrates the 94th anniversary of its Independence Day. On this national holiday, Afghans gather with family members, friends and neighbors to honor Shah Amanullah Khan’s defeat of the British Empire

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Afghanistan participates in an arts and culture exhibition in Turkey

Afghanistan displayed its cultural and artistic compositions in a festival that is held in Turkey every year. Opuses from over 140 countries were showcased in the festival. Afghanistan has been participating in this festival for the past 11 years. According

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Exhibition of facsimile prints on Mughals Arts, Culture and Empire held in Kabul

An exhibition on the selection of facsimile prints on Mughals:Arts, Culture and Empire from the British Library collections is being held in Queen’s Palace, Babur Garden in Kabul city. This exhibition is based on an earlier exhibition of Mughal treasures

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Ghazni officially declared as the capital for Islamic Culture and Civilization

The ceremony to declare Ghazni City as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture and Civilization began on Saturday at 10:20am and the celebration will continue for a week. Ghazni was titled the center for Islamic Culture and Civilization in 2007

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Italy grants USD 1.2mn for Afghan Heritage Preservation, Development in Bamiyan

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will implement a USD 1.2mn project aimed at the conservation and development of Afghan heritage in Shar-e-Gholgholah of Bamiyan province. The grant will be provided by the Italian government. Afghan Minister for

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Concerns of Afghan engaged men on this New Year

It is New Year tomorrow in Afghanistan. People are out shopping, cleaning the house and cooking different kinds of food  for Nawroz. Afghan boys who are engaged have to make sure to buy Nawrozi (New Year’s gift) for their fiancé.

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Zinat Karzai, Afghanistan’s ‘invisible’ first lady

She has been called Afghanistan’s invisible first lady. Zinat Karzai, the 43-year-old wife of Hamid Karzai, is rarely seen in public, prompting criticism that she is not doing enough to further the cause of women’s rights in her country. This

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