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Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Wednesday, July 21st "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to classical dance and for her devotion to the cause of the Organization's goals and aims, in the field of its programme for arts education". The ceremony will take place at 12.30 pm in the Japanese garden.

Born in Japan, Miyako Yoshida began studying dance at the age of nine. After training in Tokyo, she moved to London in 1983 to study at the Royal Ballet School after winning the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. Promoted in 1988 to the rank of principal dancer at the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now the Birmingham Royal Ballet), Miyako Yoshida joined the Royal Ballet in 1995. During the course of her career, she has won various prizes and honors including "Dancer of the Year" in 1991. She has displayed her immense talent in starring roles in the world's great ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Don Quixote and Coppelia.

Along with her artistic work, Miyako Yoshida teaches classical dance and would like to support UNESCO's programme for arts education and the training of professional artists.

UNESCO's Artists for Peace, like its Goodwill Ambassadors, are personalities who -thanks to their influence, charisma and fame - help to promote UNESCO's message. Among the artists working with UNESCO are musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), actress Patricia Velasquez (Venezuela) musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil, currently his country's culture minister), actress Gong Li (China), soprano Sumi Jo (Republic of Korea), singer and Gypsy Kings founder Chico Bouchikhi (France), author Navarre Scott Momaday (USA) and conductor Valery Gergiev (Russia).

Journalists wishing to cover the ceremony must be accredited by the Bureau of Public Information, Press Relations Section, tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 ; email : i.le-fournis@unesco.org

Source Press release N°2004 - 67
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Publication Date 16 Jul 2004
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