World Orchestra for Peace

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The World Orchestra for Peace was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in August 2010, in recognition of its outstanding dedication to promoting, through music, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.

Formed in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, the orchestra is composed of 81 musicians drawn from over 70 international orchestras, representing over 40 countries. The World Orchestra for Peace, conducted since 1997 by UNESCO Artist for Peace Mr Valery Guerguiev, come together only on special occasions to promote peace and celebrate reconstruction. Concerts for peace were held in numerous cities including Rotterdam, Brussels, Budapest, Jerusalem, Krakow, Stockholm and Abu-Dhabi. 

In its capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, the World Orchestra for Peace highlights the benefits of cultural diversity by acknowledging the importance of transfers and exchanges between cultures.

In November 2017, the World Orchestra for Peace performed at UNESCO headquarters in the framework of the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

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