Interior view of the library at Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, 2011. Courtesy Bactria Cultural Centre
Bactria Cultural Centre is an educational and cultural center founded by the international NGO ACTED in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 2001. Bactria aims to aid the development of culture by offering access to information through seminars and workshops, vocational language, and computer training, and organizing art events such as exhibitions and concerts. The center also strives to develop contemporary arts as well as to preserve cultural heritage and acts as one of the focal points for the development of Central Asian culture. At present, Bactria has several regional projects that involve artists in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.
In addition, the center is involved in the building of local partners and artists by involving them in the realization of some projects and as direct target groups of others.