The famous “neyzen” (ney player) Tasmanian Kudsi Erguner became the first Turk to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace.
The renowned musician received the title “in recognition of his efforts to promote the universal values of music, essential instrument of dialogue between cultures, for his contribution to the protection of musical heritage and his firm commitment to the ideals of the Organization” according to the media release by the UN agency.
“Your life as your work has been guided by a deep passion which is to revive and share the wisdom and beauty of traditions, transmit their messages of peace and dialogue with current and future generations, share the depth of the music Sufi, drawing on Turkish traditions and using poetry, literature and the performing arts in the region, “said Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO
“I am an artist but also a man of action and I hope to share my actions in the framework of UNESCO alongside other Artists for Peace”, responded the Turkish ney virtuoso.
The UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote the message and UNESCO programs.