21 July 2004 : Miyako Yoshida, Japanese Principal Ballerina, named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Miyako Yoshida, UNESCO Artist for Peace © Delegation of Japan to UNESCO 2004


The famous principal ballerina, Miyako Yoshida, was designated as UNESCO Artist for Peace by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the Organisation, in " recognition of her remarkable contribution to the ballet and her attachment to the objectives of the Organisation in the field of artistic education ".


Miyako Yoshida and Koichiro Matsuura during the nomination ceremony© Delegation of Japan to UNESCO 2004



The Ceremony took place in the Japanese Garden of UNESCO - or "Garden of Peace".

Miyako Yoshida began studying dance at the age of nine in Tokyo. In 1983, she won the Prix de Lausanne and joined the Royal Ballet School. In 1988, she was the principal dancer at the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now the Birmingham Royal Ballet). Miyako Yoshida has been principal dancer of the British Royal Ballet since 1995.


Elected "Dancer of the Year" in 1991, her repertoire includes such roles as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Coppelia…

Through her mission as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Miyako Yoshida will contribute to the promotion of dance education.


Links :


UNESCO Press Release


UNESCO Artists for Peace- Miyako Yoshida


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