Zohra All Female Orchestra’s Debut Tour of Australia
To Celebrate Centenary of Reclamation of Afghanistan’s Independence and 50 Years of Diplomacy between Afghanistan and Australia
In celebration of 100th Anniversary of Afghanistan’s Reclamation of Independence and the 50 Year Anniversary of Afghanistan-Australia Diplomatic Relations, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music’s Zohra Orchestra will be showcasing two major performances at Melbourne & Sydney’s iconic landmarks as part of their debut Australian tour.
This tour is giving Australians the rare opportunity to witness Afghanistan’s first all-female, internationally acclaimed orchestra as they are led by the country’s first ever female conductor. As students of Afghanistan’s only music school, these seventy-five brave young women are defying the odds to attain an education and play music together, allowing them to explore their culture and identities as artists and as women.
Their distinctive sound is based on a harmonious blend of classical Afghan and Western instruments in a manner that simultaneously generates cultural harmonies and showcases the nuances of traditional Afghan music. Since embarking on their first international tour in 2017, Zohra Orchestra have garnered substantial praise and attention from critics and spectators across the globe, in addition to several awards. To learn more about Zohra Orchestra, click here.
Initiated and led by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in cooperation with the Government of Australia and the Government of New South Wales, Zohra Orchestra’s tour to Australia aims to raise cultural engagement and engagement between the two countries, and enhance people-to-people links in celebration of 50 years of this relationship. “This 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm Australia’s support to Afghanistan, particularly as the peace process continues and we go forward into the next 50 years of this bilateral relationship, focusing on women’s empowerment and role in society” – His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor General of Australia
“Zohra Orchestra’s Australian tour provides audiences with the opportunity to attain an extremely unique musical experience, whilst simultaneously supporting the development of people-to-people and cultural links between Australia and Afghanistan. It is a showcase of the resilience and determination of Afghan youth and women to continue fighting for their rights and carry their country from strength to strength” – H. E. Wahidullah Waissi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia
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