Marcel Khalifé

© UNESCO / Marcel Khalifé, UNESCO Artist for Peace

Mr Marcel Khalifé, a world-renowned Lebanese musician, was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in June 2005, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the musical heritage and artistic creation.

Interpreter and specialist of the oriental lute, he is also a composer deeply attached to the contents of the texts on which he relies. By associating with the great contemporary Arab poets, he seeks to renew the Arabic song.

In 2004, Mr. Khalifé was a member of the International Jury of the Mondialogo School Contest, the first global competition for schoolchildren involved in intercultural dialogue organized jointly with UNESCO.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, he performed at the Organization’s Headquarters in June 2005, performing "Takassim (Partitions)", for Oud and Bass.

In addition, Marcel Khalifé participated to the tribute to the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, held on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in November 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters.

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