A multi-media installation that provided viewers with a direct and interactive experience of the cultural richness and diversity of the Old City of Kabul.

For Dubai Design Week 2019, Turquoise Mountain presented Kabul Old City – A Visual Journey, a large-scale multi-media installation offering audiences an immersive and interactive experience of Murad Khani, the heart of the Old City of Kabul, and an exploration of its rich cultural history. Murad Khani is a hub of historical and contemporary migration, where the past and present history of Afghanistan has been shaped. By exploring the urban transformation that the area has undergone, Turquoise Mountain challenged prejudices and misconceptions about Afghanistan, hoping to replace emotions like fear and mistrust into curiosity and wonder at a beautiful and rich cultural heritage. Turquoise Mountain has been instrumental in the restoration and revival of this neighbourhood of Kabul, and this installation was a visual reflection on over a decade of work in design, urban conservation, heritage protection and revitalisation of traditional arts and crafts.

Supported by the United States Agency for International Development and the British Council.

About Turquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain was founded in Kabul in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to preserve and regenerate historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage and to revive traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride. Since then, Turquoise Mountain has restored 150 historic buildings, built over 50 artisan businesses and now supports craftswomen and men in Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Middle East.