On the weekend of June 9, we proudly released our first book to the world: Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan. The release party was held in the DAZ (Deutsches Architektur-Zentrum) in Berlin, Germany, and we can surely say: What a wonderful and memorable celebration it was! We'd like to give a big "Thank you" to everyone who helped to organize this event, as well as to all of our guests who celebrated the book release with us.
The event was opened with a speech by Skateistan founder and director Oliver Percovich, which was then followed by an in-depth and fascinating Questions & Answer Session, that provided a unique look into the history of Skateistan, Afghan culture and its society. The panel included Tom Koenigs (UNICEF executive committee, UN delegate for the Afghan Peace Mission, former UN Special Representative for Afghanistan), Oliver Percovich, and longtime Skateistan volunteer Zahra Said.
Over 200 guests viewed our special photo exhibition, and were also invited to flip through our book, which was on sale for the first time, and afterwards enjoyed some live music.
All in all, we are very excited about the remarkable response and interest in our book, our photo exhibition and to our overall project. Thank you all again for your support, and especially to the C-D-A-P collective in Berlin for organizing the event.
To find out more and pre-order Skateistan: A Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan visit: skateistan.org/book/
Photos by: Easy Does It and Soohee Kim