A Year After Twenty Years

A Year After Twenty Years

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A Year After Twenty Years: The War in Afghanistan - Online Event

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What is Australia's legacy in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover?

Twenty Years is a timely, collaborative project spearheaded by leading Afghan and Australian artists and advocates to assess the legacy of the Afghan war through contemporary art forms and a series of multidisciplinary events.

This online event, A Year After Twenty Years, presented by Diversity Arts Australia, will feature a panel discussion with the following speakers:

They will discuss the legacy of the war, Australia’s responsibility and culpability, and how to view Australia’s longest war now that the Taliban is back in control.


Twenty Years launched in October 2021 with two nights of online events featuring performances and talks by Afghan musicians, spoken word poets, journalists and activists. In 2022, the project continues with an exhibition at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Presented in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia, the exhibition features some of the finest Afghan artists in Australia and across the world and runs from 4 August – 3 September. There’s also a public program designed by Maryam Zahid featuring panel discussions, Afghan tea, and an Afghan film screening.

Twenty Years aims to interrogate the reasons behind the post-9/11 conflict, who lost and gained, the impact on Afghan civilians and the legacy of the longest war in US history after the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

Limited spots so registration is essential.

For this event, unwaged and unemployed people can select a free ticket option.

For those that are able, please select ticket options to donate $10, $20 or any amount you can.

100% of money raised will be donated to the Afghan Australian Development Organisation, an NGO with years of experience educating Afghan youth. Their work has continued after the Taliban takeover to support programs to teach science and life skills to Afghan women. The proceeds will be donated after the events have been concluded.

Date: 24 August 2022

Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Where: Zoom (link will be sent prior to the event)

This event is presented by Diversity Arts Australia and supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Blacktown Arts and Create NSW.

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