Travis Beard

Film Director


Australian born Travis Beard, is the founder of Sound Central Festival - the first contemporary music and arts festival in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 1975. He moved to Kabul in 2006 to teach photojournalism at the Aina Photo Agency. He founded Skateistan in 2007, founded the Kabul Knights Motorcycle Club in 2008, introduced street art to Afghanistan in 2010 and hosted the presidential election themed​ ​song contest in 2014. Travis' projects have been funded by over 10 diplomatic missions and he was the guitarist in the post-Taliban-expat band White City. He is currently finishing the documentary Rockabul, that chronicles Afghanistan's first ever metal band - District Unknown, due for release in early 2018.