Afghan folk instruments displayed at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Photo by U.S Embassy Kabul Afghanistan under Creative Commons licence.

Afghan folk instruments displayed at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Photo by U.S Embassy Kabul Afghanistan under Creative Commons licence.

Afghan folk instruments displayed at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Photo by U.S Embassy Kabul Afghanistan under Creative Commons licence.

In a country where music was banned until ten years ago, Dr Ahmad Sarmast set up the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) to educate gifted young Afghan musicians and help bring about social change. He tells us how Afghanistan's only music school has overcome challenges and learned lessons along the way. Students from the Afghanistan National Institute of

Using a torch to solder a pendant on the hearth at the Turquoise Mountain institute

Using a torch to solder a pendant on the hearth at the Turquoise Mountain institute

Using a torch to solder a pendant on the hearth at the Turquoise Mountain institute

As the 'Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan' exhibition is on display at our London headquarters, the British Council's Daud Rasool explains how Afghanistan's traditional creative industries are being rebuilt after years of war.

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

The enthusiasm for football is great in Afghanistan and stayed alive even under Taliban rule. Daud Rasool, Deputy Director British Council Afghanistan, walks us through a recent history and the transformational aspect of the Premier Skills programme on the lives of young Afghans.

Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) Winter Gala concert. Photo by ANIM.

Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) Winter Gala concert. Photo by ANIM.

Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) Winter Gala concert. Photo by ANIM.

British Council Director Afghanistan, John Mitchell, explains how the value of a nation's cultural life cannot be underestimated, and what can be done to restore it where it had previously been suppressed. In Afghanistan, the British Council’s arts work is broadly themed 'restoration of voice'. This great title – not coined by me – reflects our desire to play a part

Our 'Kabul Oscars' honoured the work of six groups of young filmmakers in Afghanistan.

Our 'Kabul Oscars' honoured the work of six groups of young filmmakers in Afghanistan. (Image credit: Wakil Kohsar)

Our 'Kabul Oscars' honoured the work of six groups of young filmmakers in Afghanistan.

John Mitchell, director of the British Council’s Afghanistan office, reports on the six short-films produced by young Afghan filmmakers for the project ‘Afghanistan Changes: 2002-2014.’