The training course "Intercultural Reporting" for radio and TV journalists from Pakistan was held to coincide with the opening of the exhibition "Gandhara - Pakistan's Buddhist Heritage" in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.
14 Journalists from various Pakistani radio and TV broadcasters came to Bonn for this training course. The Bundeskunsthalle allowed the participants exclusive access to information and interviews and exclusive permission to make audio and video recordings for their reports on the Gandhara exhibition.
Gandhara is the ancient name for a region that today forms the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Buddhism was the main religion there from the 1st to the 6th century A.D. The Gandhara exhibition in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn features more than 300 artefacts from different Pakistani museums and represents Europe's first encounter with this historic era.
For the participants from Pakistan, reporting on the exhibition provided a special intellectual insight into their country's Buddhist heritage and a chance to inform listeners and viewers in Pakistan about the - highly topical - significance of the ancient culture of Gandhara.
The TV reports produced by the participants were broadcast by leading Pakistani TV stations such as Geo TV, Dawn News, Samaa TV, Khyber News and PTV. A number of Websites and independent radio broadcasters, such as Sunrise FM, PACT Radio and Radio Buraq, also aired reports produced during the training course.
The exhibition "Gandhara - Pakistan's Buddhist Heritage" has been on show in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn since 20 November and runs until 15 March 2009. Its next destinations are the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and the Museum Rietberg in Zurich.