Government of Afghanistan and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate Kabul’s historic heritage

The MoU extends AKDN’s commitment to preserving Afghanistan’s built heritage and developing sustainable models of urban planning, upgrading and conservation. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Culture, has undertaken over 120 restoration and conservation projects in Kabul, Herat and Balkh. | AKTC Brussels, Belgium, 5 October…

Das traditionelle Handwerk Afghanistans — Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung ( In German language only)

By: Mohammad Ali Karimi Reichtum und Vielfalt der afghanischen Kultur zeigen sich am deutlichsten im traditionellen Handwerk des Landes. Teppiche, Filzerzeugnisse, Stickerei und Nadelmalerei machten einst mit ihrer bunten Pracht die afghanischen Basare zu den lebhaftesten Orten auf der Route der Seidenstraße. Heute ist nichts mehr von jener goldenen Zeit geblieben. Dabei könnte gerade das…

Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage Project – Oxford University

Oxford University launches the ‘Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage Project,’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project has a dual aim of undertaking new research on Afghanistan’s early Islamic history, and in building the capacity of Afghan colleagues in cultural heritage research. For three years, from September 2011 to September 2014, a team of scholars…

AKTC Afghanistan Newsletter # 29, May 2011 – Aga Khan Trust for Culture

  ULYA MADRASA, KABUL OLD CITY H.E. Minister for Information and Culture, Sayed Makhdoom Raheen and US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, during the inauguration of the rehabilitated madrasa   Following the completion of comprehensive restoration works, the Ulya madrasa was handed back in mid-March to representatives of the Shor Bazaar community in the Old city of…

Afghanistan’s National Museum To Be Expanded – Good Afghan News com

US Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry joins Afghan Minister Makhdoom Raheen at a ceremony to announce a new master plan to improve the National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo credit: Sheila Vemmer/U.S. Department of State In an effort to preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, yesterday, in a ceremony held in the Nuristani room at the National Museum of…

BBC’s Afghanistan Video on Treasures from the ravages of war – BBC

When you say Afghanistan these days – it immediately conjures up images of war and social repression. But an exhibition in London shows off a culture rich in artistic treasures dating back some four thousand years. It details a story which exhibition organisers say is the triumph of culture and beauty over vandalism and bigotry….

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project ‘Restoration of Qala Ikhtyaruddin, citadel of Herat, Afghanistan’ is one of the AFCP Award winner

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Celebrates 10th Year, Awards Support for 63 Projects Worldwide ***** The preservation and protection of the early 18th-century Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia is one of four large-scale efforts among 63 cultural heritage preservation projects to receive financial support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) in 2010….

AKTC-Afghanistan newsletters on restoration work on the Ulya Madrasa in Kabul’s old city, the Noh Gumbad Mosque in Balkh,repairs to the vast godam in Herat and more…

Three newsletters reporting on Aga Khan Trust for Culture operations in Afghanistan for the second half of 2009 are now available on ArchNet. Each of these AKTC-issued publications covers a two-month period of activities. The July/August 2009 issue includes accounts of a surveying mission in Badakhshan and the Wakhan, the start of restoration work on…