Zohra receives Freemuse Award: “This can inspire young women in Afghanistan to play music”

A packed concert hall in Geneva witnessed concert master Marjan Fidaee receive the 2017 Freemuse Award on behalf of Zohra, the Afghan Women’s Orchestra, on 25 January 2017.

In her acceptance speech Marjan Fidaee said, “The award was not only for the Zohra orchestra but for all Afghanistan.”

Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIMA), emphasised the importance of an international award of recognition and acknowledgment to the orchestra Zohra. He said:

“The award given to the brave and courageous young women of the orchestra, can inspire young women in Afghanistan to play music and take part in cultural life.”

The orchestra consisting of 30 young women from ANIMA received the Freemuse Award at a ceremony before a sold out concert at the Centre des Arts in Geneva, Switzerland.

The award, a statue and a check of €1.000 euro, was given to Zohra by Freemuse co-founder Marie Korpe.

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music was inaugurated in 2010. It is the country’s only post-Taliban music school working to reverse the damage done by over three decades of war not only by reviving, preserving and transmitting Afghanistan’s musical traditions to the younger generation but by ensuring that Afghan women has a strong voice in the cultural fabric of the country.

The award received massive media coverage in Afghanistan. See examples below.


Photo on top of this page: The young concert master Marjan Fidaee received the Freemuse award 2017 on behalf of Zohra. Photo by Marin Raguz / Le Marin Productions

Second and third photo: The award ceremony in Geneva. Fourth photo: Marjan Fidaee and Marie Korpe. Photos by Tilia Korpe

Below: two photos of Zohra by Marin Raguz / Le Marin Productions


Videos

Short statements to share in social media

Marjan Fidaee, concert master, Zohra
In English language – 22 sec
In Dari language – 25 sec

Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music
In English language – 1:30 minute
In Dari language – 0:53 sec


Media coverage in Afghanistan

A selection of English-language articles and reports

» Daily Outlook Afghanistan – 24 January 2017:
Zohra Wins Freemuse Award 2017


» Wadsam – 24 January 2017:
Afghan Women Orchestra wins the Freemuse Award 2017


» Tolo News – 23 January 2017:
Afghan Women’s Orchestra Wins Freemuse Award


» Kabul Tribune – 23 January 2017:
Afghan Women Orchestra (Zohra) chosen winner of Freemuse Award 2017


» Khaama Press – 23 January 2017:
Afghan Women Orchestra (Zohra) chosen winner of Freemuse Award 2017


» Afghan Online Press – 23 January 2017:
Afghan Women’s Orchestra Wins Freemuse Award


» 1 News – 23 January 2017:
Afghan Women’s Orchestra wins Freemuse Award 2017


More information

» Freemuse – 22 January 2017:
Zohra – The Afghan Women’s Orchestra – is winner of Freemuse Award 2017