ZARA PERFORMED AT UNESCO HEADQUARTERS IN PARIS
This 4 December, at UNESCO Headquarters, on the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNESCO organized, together with partners and artists, a full day dedicated to “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies for all”.
Celebrated every year on December 3rd since 1992 around the world, this day focused on the issue of transformational changes envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The theme of the day was inclusive arts. The program included a round table and theater performance with the participation of Jane Constance, UNESCO Artist for Peace, and a Gala concert by Zarifa Mgoyan, known as Zara, UNESCO Artist for Peace.
A beautiful end of the program was the big gala concert on the theme of love and friendship.
During the opening address of the concert, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Audrey Azoulay, summarized the meaning of UNESCO’s commitment for the day. “Our commitment is to better integrate people with disabilities in all areas of life in society, in employment, in transport, in civic life, and UNESCO believes deeply in the role of art, culture, creativity, to tell and highlight life paths, share emotions to fight against indifference and isolation”, said Mrs Azoulay.
Zara performed in concert with the participation of young disabled artists including Yulia Samoylova, Valentin Tkachenko and the ensemble of “Singing Hands”. She has sung wonderful songs about love and friendship, in French, Serbian, English, Russian and Sign Language. Mireille Mathieu even joined her voice to Zara’s calls for providing opportunities to children with a visual and auditory deficit to appear on stage.