Bamiyan Cultural Centre Moving Forward with Construction

October 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan— The Bamiyan Cultural Centre project embarked its construction work for the building on the 14th of September, for the first phase of the project which consists of two exhibition halls, a performance hall, and a tea-house for the entire community, travelers, tourists and visitors. The project is generously funded […]

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June 12, 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan–The official First Stone Laying ceremony for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre was held on the morning of June 12th, 2016, at the construction site, Chawni Hill, Bamiyan, Afghanistan. H.E. Korean Ambassador Chin Ki Hoon, H.E. Minister of Urban Development Affairs and Housing Sadat Mansoor Naderi, and Bamiyan Governor Thair […]

Winning logos

  Kabul, 1 June 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announces the winning logo design for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre and Creative Hub. The winning design successfully depicts the main ideas of the Centre: tradition, modernity, and the connectivity of Bamiyan. The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announces the winning logo for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre and […]

May 2, 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan – UNESCO announces the winners of the nation-wide photo competition, “Show us the Afghanistan you are proud of.”

  May 2, 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan – UNESCO announces the winners of the nation-wide photo competition, “Show us the Afghanistan you are proud of.” The winners of the UNESCO Photo competition, entitled Show us the Afghanistan you are proud of, were announced. The winners were selected anonymously by an independent jury of five […]


Bamiyan is now joining UNESCO Creative Cities Network which invites 47 cities from 33 countries as part of the network in seven creative fields — crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. Bamiyan is known for traditional handicrafts such as carpet weaving, sculpting and folk art, while the Cultural Landscape […]


A Nation-Wide Competition for the Photographs of Afghanistan Today, Afghans are taking more photographs than ever before and millions are sharing these photos online and in messages. Many of these images include some of the country’s incredible natural and cultural heritage. But what are our photographs saying about our culture? How are we using our […]


In order to encourage more creative designs in the competition, the submission deadline has been extended to 7 Nov, 2015.   UNESCO Office in Afghanistan hereby invites creative designers (individuals or companies) to participate in a competition for the creation of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre official logo and for the Bamiyan Creative Hub logo. The […]

The Launching Exhibition of the top Fifteen Design Submissions for the Bamiyan Culture Centre at Babur Garden in Kabul on 12 May 2015

May 12, 2015 – UNESCO Office in Afghanistan | An exhibition of the top fifteen Architectural Design submissions for the Bamiyan Culture Centre was launched by the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan, together with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture on 12 May 2015 at Babur Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Kabul, Afghanistan – An Argentina-based architecture team led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a Cultural Centre in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. The winning entry, entitled Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence, and four runner-ups were anonymously selected by an international jury of seven technical experts. The wide-ranging backgrounds of the jury, including Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Jolie-Pitt Foundation and Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acting Dean of The Cooper Union, and Young Joon Kim, the Coordinator of the …


On behalf of the Republic of Korea, the Afghan Government and UNESCO Kabul Office, we would like to thank all the applicants that registered and submitted into the Design Competition. We did not expect to have 4,168 registered and an astonishing 1,070 submissions. Every Jury member reviewed every submission. The quality of work was inspirational and we are currently working on our online exhibition. The jury of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition has selected a winner and four runner-ups. We are currently waiting for the endorsement of the Afghan Government and will release the results of the competition as soon as the endorsement has been finalized. Please be patient as the Afghan Government is experiencing a time of political transition. We hope to post the results before the last week of February.