Award ceremony of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence 2014
Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat (Mali) and Francisco Javier Estevez Valencia (Chile), two peace and human rights activists, are the winners of the 2014 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. They will receive the Prize from UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova.
The Prize-giving ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) on Friday 14 November 2014 at 6.30 p.m., two days prior to the International Day for Tolerance, celebrated annually on 16 November.
On this occasion, the International Philharmonic Choir, under the direction of conductor Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artist for Peace, will give a free public concert to celebrate the International Day for Tolerance.
During the ceremony, a video with testimonies of eminent personalities, dedicated to the memory of Madanjeet Singh (16 April 1924 – 6 January 2013), will be screened. Madanjeet Singh was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, diplomat, founder of the South Asia Foundation and benefactor of the Prize and numerous other important educational and humanitarian activities.
Several musical interludes will be performed by the International Philharmonic Choir. The Choir is composed of 150 volunteer choristers from 20 countries. Both the Choir and its conductor are UNESCO Artists for Peace. They will present a special programme for the celebration of the International Day for Tolerance.
The musical program will start with Arab-Andalusian songs accompanied by traditional instruments (oud, tar, violin and goblet drum (derboca)); they will be followed by excerpts from the "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven and "Va, pensiero," from Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, with piano accompaniment. At the end, the Choir will perform a musical composition “Chorally Yours” (“Choralement Votre”), a mixture of several arias from famous operas, including extracts from Carmen by Georges Bizet, Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.
The ceremony is open to the public upon presentation of an invitation card. Invitations will be sent by ordinary mail or e-mail after online registration and after verification of the availability of seats.
The doors will be opened to the public at 5.30 p.m.
Address: UNESCO Headquarters, Room I - 125 Avenue de Suffren - Paris 75007
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.
The ceremony will also be live webcasted - 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm GMT +1
FLOOR - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_floor.wmv
English - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_en.wmv
French - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_fr.wmv
Spanish - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_1_es.wmv