The Afghan Women’s Orchestra (“Zohra”)

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MONDAY 23RD OF JANUARY 2017 AT 19:30 IN THE AUDITORIUM
TUESDAY 24TH OF JANUARY 2017 AT 19:30 IN THE AUDITORIUM
WEDNESDAY 25TH OF JANUARY 2017 AT 19:30 IN THE AUDITORIUM

Location:
Auditorium, Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière
62, route de Chêne – CH-1208 Genève

During the Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, music was forbidden: playing music, listening to music, or selling cassettes was considered un‐Islamic and was outlawed. Afghanistan’s musicians were forced to flee from their homeland. Moved by the critical state of musicians and music education in his native country, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, a visionary musician and the first Afghan to obtain a doctorate in music, initiated a ground-breaking project to revive and promote music education in Afghanistan.

This mission stemmed from Dr. Sarmast’s strong belief that music can play a significant role in transforming the lives of young people and in rebuilding Afghanistan through providing a platform for vocational training, emotional healing, democratization, and the establishment of a just and civil society. After years of dedication, Dr. Sarmast established a partnership with the government of Afghanistan – specifically the Ministry of Education – and raised the funding necessary to build the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) which was inaugurated in 2010. Under his leadership, ANIM has flourished and is expanding each year through new infrastructure, increasing student enrolment, and the ambition to develop new branches in other parts of the country.

This year, the ANIM’s Afghan Women’s Orchestra (“Zohra”) was launched and it includes over thirty brave young women, between the ages of 14 and 20, who have defied the odds against them and play music together—the first women in their families, community, and country to learn music in over 30 years.

Tel +41 22 787 26 75
Fax +41 22 787 24 10

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