Crowdfunding Afghan theater in Kabul: a success against the refugee drain

This year’s 2nd annual Kabul Students Theater Festival, held from Nov. 8th-11th 2015, for which I had launched a fundraising call
in cooperation with the University of Kabul, turned out to be a great success. The team of the Fine Arts Faculty did a great job.
Eleven plays were on stage this year, for which donations have been invested successfully.
Each of the plays turned out to be a highlight, with around 350 mostly young and enthusiastic spectators every day in the theater hall of Kabul university. The festival week not only reflected the vibrant state of current Afghan theater art. It was also an entertaining week. Most of all it was an opportunity to spread optimism at a time where many Afghan youth think of leaving the country.
Thanks to all for making this unique festival possible and safe!  See you back next year hopefully,

Martin Gerner, ARD correspondent in cooperation with Fine Arts Faculty of Kabul University, De Nationale Scene/Norway, Goethe Institute Kabul