The finale show in Afghanistan for the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition will kick off tomorrow at the Sound Central Festival. The festival is in its third year, and is the brainchild of Kabul filmmaker/photojournalist/rockstar Travis Beard. The festival started as the first Central Asia alternative music festival and each year has grown to include street art, film, and break out sessions outside of the main stage.
SCF Founder, Travis Beard, gets excited about this year’s line up
The festival kicks off with a women’s only day, inviting upwards of 500 schoolgirls and orphans to attend to listen to music, watch a film by Afghan American singer/songwriter/filmmaker, Ariana Delwari, and learn about contemporary art. In the courtyard girls can learn to skateboard, bike ride, and experience art. The goal is to engage young Afghan girls that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to be exposed to art and contemporary music and sport.
Next up is where they begin to really rock – three days of rock, alternative, punk, rap, and everything in-between as Sound Central rocks Kabul on two stages. This is not for the expat scene, Sound Central is open to the public and about engaging Afghan youth in contemporary and alternative music, while highlighting the music scene in this region and beyond with bands from Afghanistan and its neighbors like District Unknown, Kabul Dreams, Tears of the Sun and many more.
Home grown Kabul boys, District Unknown, rock Afghanistan regularly
Streets of Afghanistan will fill up the courtyard with its lifesize photography for the entire festival, and Mountain2Mountain is planning on running a grassroots Bike School for the girls on the women’s only day with a couple members of the women’s cycling team alongside the skateboard school.
Stay tuned for photos and updates throughout the week while Sound Central rocks Kabul.
Setting up the Streets exhibition in Kabul 2012