Ani, the lost capital of the Armenians and the road to Tbilisi

Journey on the Eastern Express I boarded the train at Haydarpaşa station and was directed to my carriage, my home for the next 2 days. Its archaic style, a 1960s Pullman carriage, amused me instantly. With the seating area to the left, which pulled down into beds, a large table incorporating fridge and a sink … Continued

Erasmus+ Inspire Europe, March 2015

March 2015, saw the first Asfar Erasmus+ Youth Exchange, Inspire Europe, occur in Istanbul, following over 6 months preparation to bring young people aged 18 to 30, together in a unique cultural and learning experience. 20 young people from the UK and Turkey, were able to meet, engage, learn about each other’s’ cultures, develop new … Continued

Editor’s Note – December 2012

Asfar was established for two key reasons. First, to promote interest in the Middle East in a full range of subjects, beyond politics and international relations. Second, to encourage aspiring writers; photographers; thinkers; editors; and others to develop their skills and promote their talents on an accessible platform – an online journal. The e-Journal is … Continued

Asfar Social – Friday 24th April 2015

Asfar’s next social in on Friday 24th April 2015. We plan to attend a V & A Friday Late. To learn more about V & A Lates check out their website – http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/friday-late/ If you would like to meet up with us, email info@asfar.org.uk We look forward to seeing you there.

Asfar Social, 6th March, Souk Medina

Asfar is holding a social on 6th March 2015 at Souk Medina from 6pm onwards. http://www.soukrestaurant.net/ For further information and to confirm your attendance contact Sheniz at info@asfar.org.uk. Hope to see you there!

Erasmus+ briefing meeting – Friday, 27th February, London

Asfar is holding an Erasmus+ briefing at the Shakespeare Busines Centre, Brixton for those interested in participating in our Jordan Youth Exchange taking place in May 2015. To learn more about Erasmus+ and on how to sign up, please email info@asfar.org.uk to confirm your place at the briefing.

Free trip to Jordan!

  As some of your know, Asfar is delivering Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges and although our visit to Istanbul, Turkey is now full up, we still have places available on our Dynamo youth exchange to Amman, Jordan occuring in May 2015. To apply, visit our How to apply page here – http://www.asfar.org.uk/how-to-apply/ Alternatively, email Sheniz at … Continued

Senior Editor – Stipend scheme launched!

Asfar has just launched its’ first ever Stipend scheme for Durham University Students and Graduates for the role of Senior Editor! From December 2012 to July 2014, Asfar published an e-Journal focused on the Middle East with contributions by aspiring Writers, Photographers and Thinkers intrigued by the region. All involved – the Senior Editor, Regional … Continued

Erasmus+ Planning Visits

Between November 2014 and January 2015, Asfar’s team and international partners participated in a series of Erasmus+ Advanced Planning Visits for our Istanbul and Amman Youth Exchanges due to take place between March and June 2015. Asfar also met with partner organisations in Israel, including Interfaith Encounter Association to discuss future projects and partnership working. … Continued

Happy New Year

Happy New Year for 2015. Here at Asfar, we all hope you had a fantastic Festive period and holiday. Asfar’s staff spent New Year’s eve in Amman, Jordan, attending a project planning meeting for one of our international programmes. Over the next coming months, Asfar will run its’ first ever Erasmus+ programmes, alongside our e-Journal … Continued

Asfar launches new Website

December 2014 Asfar has launched a new interactive website, incorporating a new look e-Journal! The new website includes full details on what Asfar is doing now and in 2015. Our website also includes all past editions of our e-Journal too. Visit our new website at www.asfar.org.uk to take a tour.

Editor’s Note – December 2014

Welcome to Asfar’s December 2014 edition of our e-Journal. Our Editors, Writers and Contributors have been working hard over the last 4 months to bring this fascinating edition to all of our readers. With a slightly new look, Asfar’s e-Journal continues to develop in leap and bounds. Asfar’s December 2014 e-Journal, has evolved, unintentionally, into … Continued

Editorial Note, e-Journal July 2014

With further discord occurring within the Middle East, extending and crossing borders and a new chapter in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict upon unfolding, it has never been more important to show and promote the other side of the region: namely the People, as well as its diverse culture, history and geography etc. Living outside of the … Continued

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