Conductor Valery Gergiev named UNESCO Artist for PeaceParis – World renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, Director of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, is to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace through Dialogue Between Cultures and Civilizations by Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura. The nomination ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Days which will be celebrated at UNESCO on March 31 and April 1 in the presence of Alexander Dzasokhov, President of the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation.
Mr Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow to Ossetian parents, will be honoured for his support of UNESCO’s ideals, his commitment to safeguarding peace and cultural identities and for his exceptional contribution to the preservation of opera and classical dance. He will receive his diploma on March 31, after the opening of a photo exhibition “North Ossetia-Alania Today” which will take place at 5.30 p.m.
The ceremony (at 6 p.m.) will be followed by a meeting between President Dzasokhov and the press. A concert* will be given (7p.m.) by “The Little Djiguite” (horseman of the Caucasus) young folk dance ensemble from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (7p.m.)*. The North Ossetia-Alania events will continue on April 1 with a round-table discussion (10a.m. – 1p.m.) on “The Caucasus: Preserving cultural heritage, mountain ecology and sustainable development”, which will highlight the region’s rich cultural diversity, and seek ways to preserve and promote it.
* Contact: Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, tel: +33 (0)1 42 12 84 30.
Journalists wishing to cover the events should request accreditation from UNESCO’s Press Service, tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 47.