Designation ceremony of Ms Zarifa Mgoyan as a UNESCO Artist for Peace
The Director-General of UNESCO designated the Russian singer Zarifa Mgoyan (Zara) as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of her commitment to supporting education for children and adults with disabilities, and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.
The famous Russian singer Zarifa Mgoyan, known as Zara, was born in 1983, in Saint-Petersburg. At the age of 14, she became a finalist of the national TV contest "Morning star" with the song "Heart of Juliet" and received the Grand Prix of the International Festival "Let the children laugh", which took place in Egypt. In 1998, the singer won many contests in Russia: the Grand-Prix of "Hopes of Siberia" contest, the open competition of performers of new children song “Birthday” and the International TV contest "Hit of the year". Zara received the Laureate diploma of the first degree and Grand Prix at the competition "Hopes of Europe" two years in a row. She was awarded with the prize of spectator sympathies in 1999 at the “Voices-1999" Festival.
A graduate from the prestigious Saint Petersburg Academy of theatre arts, Zara has been honored with numerous accolades recognizing her success in music including seven national music awards "Golden gramophone" and two diplomas of the festival “Song of the year”.
On the philanthropic front, Zara is a member of the Board of Trustees of the charity Foundation "Step towards" providing assistance to children and adults with disabilities. She is also involved with the activities of the Foundation entitled “By Call of Heart” aiming to help the blind and visually impaired children. Throughout the year, Zara participates in numerous charity activities to support people with disabilities in the Russian Federation.
In 2008, the Russian charitable movement “Kind people lf the world” awarded Zarifa Mgoyan with a special medal for her continued support towards art. In 2009, tickets for a charity solo concert of Zara were distributed among veterans of the Second World War. Since 2010, Zara performs at the Annual charity festival “White cane” aiming to support the rehabilitation of visually impaired young children and adults.
Zara Mgoyan performs in the most prestigious musical Halls around the world and participates in many musical Festivals organized in Russia and beyond its borders. She is also known for her tireless contribution to the promotion of the universal value of music as an indispensable means of dialogue between cultures.