0315 GMT August 13, 2020
Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian has been nominated as Iran’s candidate for the Special Books for Peace Award 2020.
Iran’s International Art for Peace Festival (IRAN A.F.P.F) has nominated Tjeknavorian as Iran’s candidate for the award presented by the Commission Books for Peace. IRAN A.F.P.F was announced to be among the winners of the Special Books for Peace Award 2019 for its efforts to promote the culture of peace ahead of its seventh edition (held on September 21, 2019), IRNA reported.
Tjeknavorian was awarded an ‘Art for Peace’ insignia by IRAN A.F.P.F in 2019.
The Iranian-Armenian maestro has an international reputation. In 2004, he held two concerts in France to collect aid for people in the earthquake-stricken city of Bam in central Iran. In recent years, he has also staged concerts in Iran and the US in support of Iranian children suffering from cancer.
The Commission Books for Peace assigned the responsibility of selecting Iran’s candidate for its Special Books for Peace Award 2020 to IRAN A.F.P.F.
Headquartered in the Italian capital of Rome, the Commission Books for Peace is a partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It comprises a number of non-governmental organizations which cooperate with UNESCO. Since 2017, it has begun offering an annual prize titled ‘Special Books for Peace Award’ in memory of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas (1967-2017) who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mexico. He used to fight drug smuggling.
The Special Books for Peace Award is presented to those individuals and groups that help promote the culture of peace and carry out humanitarian activities.