Zhang Jun

© UNESCO / Zhang Jun, UNESCO Artist for Peace

Zhang Jun was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace in May 2011, in recognition of his long-term commitment to promoting intangible cultural heritage, especially the Kun Qu Opera inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed in 2001).

Zhang has devoted himself to introducing the Kun Qu operatic tradition to audiences, in particular to young people, throughout China and abroad. Since 1998, he has organized over 300 interactive performances that focus on young audiences and has lectured in high schools and universities in both China and the West.

While pursuing his stage career, Zhang Jun, has promoted programmes such as the Hope Project to build schools and improve education in China’s poorest areas. He has also supported numerous cultural initiatives in Shanghai as one of the Ambassador of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

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