About Us



Afghanistan Youth Cultural & Arts Organization (AYCAO) is a non - profit government organization that established in 2010 in Kabul as a dynamic cultural center offering different services. It provides a unique opportunity for the Afghan people, especially for the women and young generations who are ignored or isolated from the community for many decades.

This center aims to promote positive culture among Afghan people and giving an opportunity for them to express their selves, demonstrate their abilities and capacities through the services and tools we provide. In fact, we are a cultural ambassador between Afghan people and the other nations in the world to promote positive culture among Afghan people and give a positive picture of Afghanistan to the world outside.

Among many other initiatives, this center promotes: citizen journalism, enhances capacity of local artists, civil and cultural associations as well as create an informal atmosphere for all people in particular for intellectuals, students, researchers, artists, poets, bloggers, journalists and many others.

AYCAO is a place where you can read books from its library, use internet, get updated information and news about Afghanistan and the world, eat fast food with friendly space for all Afghans especially for the young generation.

AYCAO also organizes movie nights, live music shows, story and poetry evenings that young writers and poets can read it for their friends or audiences and talk about in a friendly and comfortable environment.

Among many other initiatives, this center promotes: citizen journalism and social media to enhance capacity of local artists, civil and cultural associations as well as create an informal atmosphere for all people in particular for intellectuals, students, researchers, artists, poets, bloggers, journalists and many others.

Afghanistan Youth Cultural & Arts Organization is led by a board of trustees who is the founders of AYCAO. The board of trustees appoints Director General every year to manage the entire components and program operations.

Our Commitment: Our commitment describes the future we are determined to create for our stakeholders, including the populations we ultimately serve, our staff, our clients, the professional community to which we belong, and our financial creditors and owners. In pursuing our mission, AYCAO is committed to:

  • Making an enduring impact in the lives of the people in the communities we serve
  • Providing a vibrant, empowering, collegial work environment for our staff
  • Creating sustainable development solutions that build and respect local capacity
  • Serving our clients with highly responsive, flexible approaches
  • Delivering maximum value for our clients’ resources
  • Setting the industry standard for technical excellence and innovation globally
  • Growing our business

Our Values: The core characteristics of AYCAO that shape how we carry out our mission. Our values are like the foundation stones of our organization and we definitely strive to exhibit the following values in all situations:

· Excellence: We are unwavering in our drive to excel, anchored by high-quality technical work and efficient, effective organizational management.

· Empathy: We believe in the immeasurable value of every person so we treat all with respect, compassion, sensitivity, and understanding.

· Integrity: We are truthful and ethical, and our actions match our words.

· Inclusiveness: We seek inclusion of many voices and ideas and encourage diversity of thought, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, faith, social standing, education, or position.

· Accountability: We trust our staff to be responsible, and we hold each other accountable for decisions made and results produced.

AYCAO Strengths:

Our strenth is the unique structure of Afghanistan Youth Cultural & Arts Organization. The way our components work has made us diffirnet from other cultural organiations. AYCAO has been able to smartly keep a way of politics and religiouse and ethnic propogation that sorrily most of cultural centers are indirectly forced to involve in that one way or another. AYCAO board of management is doing its best to host every programs on merit based and access to diffirent voices.We have kept our financial system even more transparent by uisng quick book software to track evey singel penny being spent on diffirent programs. The AYCAO board is the internal auditors that review cost and reports on monthly basis.

We have started to connect to new groups of Young Afghans and try to advise and hand them in their innovative ideas for the future the country.For example our program office normally meet five new groups every week and discuss their proposal and plans and help them connect to blog world, facebook, twitter, art grous and other civil socity groups based on their interest and province they come from.Establishing AYCAO as a connecting and umbrella organization has helped us connect with more new organizations and the proposals we receive from media, civils soiety has made us more equipped with new ideas and flexible to keep updated of the latest progress being made in the field of culture and art.

Our Services:

  • Coordination and Networking of Cultural Activities
  • Short term practical trainings
  • Hosting Cultural and Arts Festivities
  • Event Management
  • Simultaneous Translation/Interpretation with High Standards
  • Providing photographers and film producers
  • Procurement & Logistics
  • Providing Tourist Guides and Fixers

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