On the 19th August, we saw a truly authentic reflection of vibrant Afghan culture. Singers and dancers brought the energy to Hounslow’s excitable residents whilst a range of international cuisines added to the festivities. A Taekwondo club, managed by two Afghan brothers, demonstrated the skill and discipline of their students, whilst fairground lights and Afghan singers invigorated the festival further. We were lucky enough to have hosted the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, as well as the Deputy Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nitin Parekh, and officials from the Afghan Embassy, all of whom had some very kind words to say of the ACAA’s noble altruism. Our director, Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi, made a powerful and moving speech about the wildly unstable situation in Afghanistan, and underpinned the gratitude of Afghan refugees who have settled in Britain. The ACAA Summer Festival gave West London residents a glimpse of exquisite Afghan culture – a day of great celebrations and nostalgia for London’s Afghans.
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