Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Centre organized a function where one year of its cultural and artistic works were noted down. At this program, the centre’s merger with Asian Culture House was formally announced. Culture Center in Kabul, Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Centre provided cultural and artistic services for the past year. Through its merger with the Sweden based Asian Culture House, Afghanistan-based Asian Culture House is formally established.
Referring to Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Centre’s yearly activities, Farshad Bonyadih- Country Director of Afghanistan based Asian Culture House and an organizer of the event said, “SLACC joined the family of similar organization in February 2014, to change the dominant-violent picture of Afghanistan and to promote diverse, art loving and inclusive living style. The centre, soon, established a stable ground within Kabul city’s cultural and artistic activists and was greatly support by artists and cultural activists”.
He added, “For the past one year, SLACC was able to conduct more than 20 artistic and cultural programs in Kabul. These programs included eight rounds of Youth Voice Exhibition, Exhibition of Afghanistan’s tradition cloth, graffiti, and celebration of International Youth’s Day, advocacy programs and folkloric and contemporary music programs. Complete reports of programs that were conducted by Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Center are available in weblog of the center.
Besides, Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Centre has been able to train more than 40 learners in the field of painting, more than 20 learners in the field of photography, more than 20 learners in calligraphy and more than 10 learners in the field of music.
Seven Leaves of Art Cultural Centre will continue its activities under the flag of Asian Culture House, hereafter. The change in its name will not, however, adversely affect its mission. Asian Culture House will continue mission of SLACC more seriously and with a relatively differing approach. In summary, Asian Culture House will continue below missions :
- Encouraging artists to creative work and free thinking
- Addressing challenges ahead artists and linking them with international artists
- Eliminating distance between artists, and appreciation of artists’ valuable and effective works
- Introducing artists, cultural activists and literature gurus and encouraging for continued activities
- Organizing different scholarly, artistic, cultural and literature seminars
- Training younger generation to enable them to indulge in artistic and cultural activities
- Supporting artists and cultural activists in finding them employment opportunities or financial supports
- Conducting cultural and artistic festivals
- Conducting ad vocative and philanthropic programs
The 8th round of Youth Voice Exhibition
The opening ceremony of Asian Culture House, on the other hand, was concurrent to inauguration of 8th round of Youth Voice Exhibition. This round of exhibition was dedicated to Yalda Yaqubi’s paintings and was inaugurated jointly by Najeeb Farzad-Asian Culture House’s Chief of Operations and Ahmad Shuja-Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch.
29 paintings of Ms Yalda Yaqubi were put to display and public visit at Asian Culture House’s hall at 13th district, Kabul City and will continue for one week. The paintings depicted diverse, yet contemporary social issues such as global warming, oppression against women, portraits and etc.
Youth Voice Exhibition is being conducted by the Culture House to support young-yet talented artist-through provision of exhibition facilities.
Photos by: Adamkhan Arman