The Great Game: Afghanistan
The aim of this festival is to explore Afghan culture and history. Afghanistan is likely to be the most important focus of British, European and American foreign policy for the rest of this decade, and for many years to come. Through these plays, exhibitions and films it is hoped that audiences will more fully understand how this policy has evolved; and through debate and discussion lessons from the past can be used to better inform action for the future.
“The Great Game” was a term used for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The classic Great Game period is generally regarded as running approximately from the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 a second less intensive phase followed. The Term “The Great Game” was introduced into mainstream consciousness by British novelist Rudyard Kipling in his novel ‘Kim’ (1901).
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Click on the following links to see video coverage of The Great Game: Afghanistan:
Theatre as an Extension of Journalism – by Richard Norton-Taylor for The Guardian
The Great Game on Stage – by Mike Wooldridge for BBC World
New plays in three parts…
|PART 2 1979-1996 Communism, The Mujahideen & The Taliban|
|PART 3 1996-2009 Enduring Freedom|
A Film Festival of features, documentaries and archive films. See the Cinema Listings for full details.
Exhibitions of Afghan Ceramics, Contemporary Photography and also work by Afghan artists now based in Britain.
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Concerts, Talks, Discussions and readings. Please see Special Events listings for full details.
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