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Aga Khan Trust for Culture - May / June 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter

MUSIC OF BADAKHSHAN A series of recitals of Badakhshi folk music were held during May and June in Ka-bul as part of the ongoing programme of documentation of Afghan folk music by the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia (AKMICA).

GOLDASTA MOSQUE INAUGURATION After more than a year of conservation, Goldasta mosque in the Tandoorsazi quarter was inaugurated on 4th May 2010, in the presence of HE Sayyed Makdoom Raheen, Minister for Information and Culture, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, other government officials and community representatives.

SHISH NAL MOSQUE The bulk of structural works are now complete on the Shish Nal mosque in Darb al Malik, which adjoins the citadel of Qala Ikhtyaruddin.

DOCUMENTA (13) Between 29th June and 7th July, a group from Documenta (13), a contemporary art exhibition that takes place in Kassel, Germany, every 5 years, visited Kabul, Herat and Bamiyan.

QALA IKHTYARUDDIN VISIT On June 11th the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Staffan de Mistura and colleagues inspected the ongoing conservation work in Qala Ikhtyaruddin, as part of a visit to Herat.

MALIK CISTERN ART EXHIBITION Following the completion of conservation work by AKTC on the historic Malik complex, the cistern was formally handed back to the department of Historic Monuments in mid-May.