Helicopters fly over the heads of the crowd watching the Theatre Circus Afsana.

What a contrast as the seven talented young Afghan men perform their blend of gymnastics, drama and acrobatics. The physical expression of their talent is accompanied by poetry by Rumi and is truly a delight to watch. This is the second remarkable cultural I have attended event this week, earlier listening to a concert by the Kabul University Orchestra. 

To me, both performances demonstrate the universal appeal of art and culture, and the bond it creates across differences, as well as people’s determination across the globe to express themselves, create beauty, and entertain.