Cul­tural Re­vival

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan is go­ing to es­tab­lish the Bamiyan Cul­tural Cen­tre in Bamiyan, the cap­i­tal of Bamyan Prov­ince in cen­tral Afghanistan. The 26,372-square-foot cen­tre will be a sta­teof-the-art com­plex, as well as a re­search fa­cil­ity ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing art and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try. It will in­clude a per­for­mance hall, two gal­leries and a tea house. Be­ing con­structed at the UNESCO world her­itage site where the Tal­iban de­mol­ished the his­tor­i­cal Bud­dha stat­ues in 2001, the $2.5 mil­lion project is be­ing funded by the South Korean gov­ern­ment based on a de­sign by an Ar­gen­tinian ar­chi­tec­ture firm.

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