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Culture and Literature

New Bilingual Publication: My Realm; Poems and Photos by Women

NEW Armanshahr Bilingual Publication: My Realm; Poems and Photos by Women, Editors: Guissou Jahangiri & Rooholamin Amini, Photographers: Elaha Sahel, Masumeh Jafari, Mahshid Rasti

Tuesday 14 February 2017


Many millennials in Afghanistan are extraordinarily resilient, even hopeful. “The future of Afghanistan is going to be very bright,” says Zhala Sarmast, 17, a member of groundbreaking women’s cycling group that biked across the country to promote female independence.

Friday 10 February 2017

NEW BOOK: Simorgh; The Thirty Wise Birds

Simorgh : the Thirty Wise Birds presents 20 photographs of 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, Massoud Hossaini (AFP) & an anthology of poems translated into English from among 1,000 works, verse & prose promoting peace and rejecting war from Afghanistan, Iran & Tajikistan.

Tuesday 12 April 2016

British Library rejects Taliban archive over terror law

By Shafik Mandhai/Source: Al Jazeera National institution says documents are of academic value, but laws may restrict researchers’ ability to access them. The British Library has decided not to acquire an archive of Taliban documents […]

Monday 31 August 2015

“I will continue my fight patiently and confidently.”

Farangis Sogand studied political science and has occupied herself with civil and cultural activities for the past six years. She is a member of organizations such as the Afghanistan Pen Association and the Writers of the Balkh. She is the founder of two literary associations

Monday 20 April 2015

Reading in Kabul: The state of Afghan libraries

With Afghanistan’s educated class growing rapidly over the past decade while education resources remain scarce, there is an increasing need for a functioning public library system, AAN’s Qayoom Suroush argues.

Thursday 16 April 2015

Support for Jafar Panahi and Taxi Téhéran

IDH is proud to announce its support for the premiere of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest film, Taxi Téhéran, on 14 April in Paris at the MK2 Quai de Seine cinema, in partnership with Memento Films.

Sunday 12 April 2015

Winner of 2012 EP’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Jafar Panahi wins Golden Bear prize of Berlinale 2015

Jafar Panahi, the renowned Iranian filmmaker, won the Golden Bear prize of the Berlinale Film Festival on 14 February 2015 for his film “Taxi” and his niece received it on his behalf.

Monday 16 February 2015

Book Reading Workshops

Based on its indirect relationship with the elite, educators and students through book publishing, Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA has been endeavouring to establish direct contact and dialogue with the young generation by organising a series of book reading sessions in Kabul and Herat since 2009.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Cultural Programmes of the Human Rights Week 2014 – Poets composed and young people played for peace

Armanshahr Foundation, in cooperation with the French Institute in Afghanistan, organised the Human Rights Week at the Institute’s premises from 7-10 December 2014.

Sunday 4 January 2015