A Week for Afghanistan at UNESCOParis, April 7 - One Week for Afghanistan, taking place at UNESCO Headquarters from April 9 to 17, will offer a view of the country’s artistic heritage, as well as its poetry and literature.
The high point of the presentation, a musical and theatrical production entitled Caravan for Peace: Destination Afghanistan, will be performed on April 16 (7 p.m., free admission, entrance 125 avenue de Suffren). Poets, actors, singers, choreographers and directors, as well as singers, musicians and dancers participate in the show, which relates the recent history of Afghanistan. In addition, five photographers who are Afghanistan specialists (Isabelle Eshraghi, Stéphane Herbert, Babak Salari, Ahmet Sel, Alfred Yaghoubzadeh) will exhibit their work on Afghan culture during the week. Finally, an audio-visual installation entitled Rubeas: Pashtun Women will present an account of the plight of women under the Taliban regime
One Week for Afghanistan will also celebrate the publication in Kabul of two anthologies of poetry, collected thanks to a project launched in November 2001 by Open Asia* entitled Caravanserai: A Thousand and One Poems and Photographs for Peace and Democracy in Afghanistan. Published in Dari, the two books bring together authors from all over the world for the return of peace to Afghanistan. One of the anthologies, intended for young people, was published with UNESCO’s support.
These events aim - through the sale of books of poetry (published in their original language and in French) - and of CDs, to contribute to the reconstruction of libraries in Afghanistan and to launch a programme of acquisition and publication of books, which are at present all too scarce after more than 20 years of war and book-burning. The association Open Asia is setting up the programme in cooperation with UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue and the Permanent Delegation of Afghanistan to UNESCO.
* Open Asia is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 1996 and actively engaged in providing aid for development and supporting local initiatives of civil societies in Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It has offices in France, Denmark and Tajikistan and a network of correspondents in Afghanistan.
To receive invitations for the performance of April 16:
Open Asia : tel: 06 62 15 32 97 / fax : 01 47 97 32 97