The growth and progress of ANIM’s programs continues to generate international interest and acclaim by showing a new face of Afghanistan, one of positive social changes, freedom of expression, and intercultural dialog. Through its fundraising and visibility in the community, ANIM has generated sponsorship to contribute to the professional development of students including study abroad programs with world-renowned music conservatories, participation in international music competitions and festivals, and international tours.
ANIM International Events
Switzerland - In January 2017 the Afghan Women's Orchestra "Zohra" will be featured performers at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The orchestra will also visit Geneva and Zurich to perform and participate in residencies with student musicians. The orchestra is led by Ustad Kevin Bishop and young female conductors from ANIM.
Estonia - Viljandi Folk Festival. A group of students performed and taught Afghan music at this festival that represented folk music from countries across the world, under the direction of Ustad Murad and Ustad Allegra Boggess.
Uzbekistan - The Ensemble of Traditional Instruments traveled to perform in Uzbekistan, under the direction of Ustad Murad.
India - The Advanced Ensemble of Traditional Instruments traveled to India to give concerts, under the direction of Ustad Murad.
Dubai - Middle East Choir Fest. The ANIM choir won the title of “Best Regional Choir” in the competition. ANIM musicians performed with other musicians from throughout the Middle East, under the direction of Ustad Shefta.
Cappadocia, Turkey - Klasik Keyifler Music Festival. The tour included performances, workshops and collaboration with international artists, and was sponsored by UNESCO
Turkmenistan - Golden Era Music Festival. The President of Turkmenistan issued a personal invitation to 40 musicians from ANIM, to showcase the music and culture of Afghanistan. This trip was sponsored by the government of Turkmenistan.
USA - repeat invitation for two ANIM junior faculty to perform at the Hampton’s Music Sessions in New York.
Germany - Safar 2015 included twelve ANIM members. The tour consisted of workshops, lessons, cross-cultural fusion with master musicians and collaboration with a German youth orchestra. The tour finished with a concert in Berlin to celebrate 100 years of Afghan – German friendship.
Oman - a group of nearly 70 students presented a concert at the prestigious Royal Opera House of Muscat, considered to be the most beautiful concert hall in Asia. This was the first time in Afghanistan’s history that boys and girls together performed Afghan music in the Middle East
UK - Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London. Six ANIM students performed at this showcase of arts from south and central Asia. The tour included outreach work and two major concerts at Southbank. This tour was sponsored by the British Council
Argentina - Tour of twelve ANIM students to the Iguazu en Concierto festival. Thanks to support from UNESCO, a group of ANIM musicians represented Afghanistan, for the first time ever in South America. Over two thousand people attended ANIM’s first concert
Turkmenistan - Participation of five young ANIM students in the 5th Annual Talented Children’s Festival. This was sponsored by the World Bank through the Afghan Skills Development Project and was the first performance by ANIM musicians in a neighbouring country.
Germany – Safar concert tour invitation from the Franz Liszt University, Weimar. Performances by Afghan master musicians and students, with German and Turkish musicians performing Afghan music from the 15th century. This tour was sponsored by the Embassy of Germany to Afghanistan
U.S.A - ANIM led the largest and most successful international cultural diplomacy program in the history of relations between Afghanistan and the United States of America, with sold-out concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, an intensive residency at the New England Conservatory in Boston, a concert at the Department of State and World Bank headquarters, and several valuable Youth Exchanges. This tour received wide international press coverage and contributed greatly to a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan.
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Tanzania - Participation of two ANIM students and one ANIM faculty in GLOMUS international conference, alongside 21 nationalities. This was sponsored by the Embassy of Denmark to Afghanistan
Poland - “From Chopin to Gorecki” Music Festival. Two ANIM students’ participation sponsored by the Embassy of Poland to Afghanistan.
South Korea - Tour of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble. This tour was sponsored by the Embassy of South Korea to Afghanistan
USA - Participation of two ANIM students in the Hamptons Music Sessions in New York
Denmark - Images Festival. Funded by the Embassy of Denmark to Afghanistan, four members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble performed in this prestigious international festival, as a result of ANIM collaborating with the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus
Finland - Teacher Training Program at the world-renowned Espoo Music Institute, Finland. Three ANIM students and one ANIM teacher took part in a specially developed two-week intensive program.
Denmark - Three month scholarship for four ANIM students to participate in a teacher training program, funded by the Embassy of Denmark to Afghanistan.
India - Embassy of India to Afghanistan sponsored three ANIM students for study in India on a full scholarship
Germany - Safar concert tour invitation from the Franz Liszt University, Weimar. Performances by Afghan master musicians and students, with German jazz musicians.
Germany - International Goldene Taste Piano Competition, Germany. Two students received 3rd place Honors
Uzbekistan – Sharq Tarana-lare Music Festival