Legacy of the Hippie Trail: A Discussion with Antony Gormley & Other Guests
We enjoyed a fascinating trip down the hippie trail memory lane with artist Antony Gormley, musician Richard Gregory, academic Dr Tommy Wide and designer Amelie Pichard. The panel shared personal tales from there journies and together we dissected the legacy the era left behind.
During the 1960s and 70s thousands of Westerners set out on the Hippie Trail from Europe to India in search of adventure, enlightenment, free love (and perhaps some high-quality cannabis too). Afghanistan was at the beating heart of the trail. It was such an essential stop on the way, in fact, that in 1973 Lonely Planet fretted about Kabul becoming a “tourist trap”.
The Hippie Trail left an indelible mark on Afghanistan, and those who travelled its long and winding roads. We heard all about the different ways that people travelled, the post it notes left in cafes, and some of the scarier moments along the way...
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