Building peace in the minds of men and women

In Touch at the National Theatre - Credit Patrick Baldwin

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017


Mon, 4 Dec
14:30 to 15:00

Participants registration

UNESCO, 125 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, France.

15:00 to 15:30

Opening ceremony

Opening speech by the Representative of the UNESCO Secretariat.

Address by Ms Sophie Cluzel, State Secretary to the Prime Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, French Government

Welcome address by H. E. Mr Alexander Kuznetsov, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

Room II.

15:30 to 16:30

Roundtable discussion “Global commitment towards sustainable and resilience societies through inclusive arts”



  • Ms Chulpan Khamatova, Russian film, theater and TV actress and actress of the theatrical performance “In Touch” and Founder of the Charity Foundation “The Gift of Life” (Russian Federation)
  • Ms Viktoria Violleau-Avdeeva, Producer of the theatrical performance “In Touch” and Director of “Inclusion” Arts Center (Russian Federation)
  • Mr Dmitry Polikanov, President of the Deafblind Support Fund “Connection” (Russian Federation)

  • Ms Jane Constance, UNESCO Artist for Peace (Mauritius)

  • Mr Jerome Dupire, Assistant Professor, Research Center for Informatics and Communication (CNAM) (France)

  • Mr Claude Namer, President, Association Fama and Director of the Festival “Paris Banlieues Tango” (Uruguay/France)

  • Ms Catherine Ruault Castera, French Producer, Caminando Productions (France)



  • Ms Chafica Haddad, Chairperson of the IFAP Bureau and Deputy Permanent Delegate of Grenada to UNESCO.


Room II.

16:30 to 16:45

Sign Language Masterclass

  • Representative of the “INCLUSION” Arts Center (Russia Federation)
  • Eloise Vittu, Student-FSL interpreter (Элоиз Витту)


Room II.

16:45 to 17:45

Theatrical performance “In Touch”

Theatrical performance by the Inclusion Art Center (Russian Federation), Inclusion Theatre Company and Theatre of Nations (co-production), in association with Graeae Theatre Company, the British Council, and the National Theatre.


  • Written by Ms Marina Krapivina
  • Directed by Mr Ruslan Malikov
  • Associate Direction by Ms Jenny Sealey
  • Choreography by Ms Alexandra Rudik
  • Stage design by Ms Ekaterina Dzhagarova
  • French version edited by Mr Adrien Violleau
  • Music by Anneya Pashinskaya  and  Mikhail Myasoedov
  • Produced by Ms Viktoria Violleau-Avdeeva
  • Assistant to the Director and Choreographer: Larisa Nikitina


Actors: Amelie Armand, Raji Gopalakrishnan, Sally McNeil, Jonathan Bex, Ekaterina SAKHNO, Alyona Kapustyan, Irina Povolotskaya, Alexey Gorelov, Alexander Silianov, Vera Lyzhenkova, Kirill Byrkin, Roman Evdokimov, Yulia Khamitova, Olga Lapshina, Estelle Aubriot, Chulpan Khamatova, Jane Constance.


Room II.

17:45 to 18:00

Closing remarks

Room II.

19:00 to 20:30

Concert by Ms Zarifa Mgoyan, UNESCO Artist for Peace

Opening speech by Mrs Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

Welcome address by H. E. Mr Alexander Kuznetsov, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

Zarifa Mgoyan (Zara) will perform live in French, Serbian, English, Russian and sign language accompanied by Yulia Samoylova, Valentin Tkachenko and the ensemble “Singing Hands”.

Room I.

Important Information:

  • Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Russian, as well as French Sign Language and Russian Sign Language.