Chico Bouchikhi

©UNESCO/Chico Bouchikhi UNESCO Artist for Peace

The international symbol of Gypsy music Chico Bouchikhi was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in May 1996, in recognition of his commitment to promote a culture of peace.

Through his concerts, Chico Bouchikhi spreads a message of hope and peace for ethnic minorities, highlighting the richness of the culture and the traditions of the gypsies, such as during the first anniversary of the Oslo Peace Agreement between Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat, or through his participation in events such as International Day of Cultural Diversity.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Chico Bouchikhi supports the empowerment of girls and women through quality education.

In May 2016, Chico Bouchikhi gave in Marrakech a charity concert under the patronage of UNESCO for the benefit of the Riad Zitoun School. This school, founded in March 1998, is engaged in the education and training of rural girls in the province of Haouz, Morocco.

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