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Italian Ballet star Roberto Bolle to receive UNESCO medal

Roberto-BolleItalian ballet star Roberto Bolle is to receive a UNESCO Medal for Cultural Diversity at the UN agency’s Paris headquarters on Tuesday– 8th of April –  Italy’s foreign ministry made known Monday 7th of April.

A principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre holding guest artist status at La Scala Theatre Ballet, 39-year-old Roberto Bolle was accepted at Milan’s La Scala theatre ballet school at the age of eleven. Rudolf Nureyev then chose him to interpret Tadzio in the ballet Death in Venice.
Since then, Roberto Bolle has performed with ballet companies worldwide, for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square, and at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games in a ceremony seen by 2.5 billion people around the world.

Becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1999, he visited schools and hospitals in Sudan, eventually raising more than $655,000 for education and health projects in the war-torn, impoverished African country.
Last year, Roberto Bolle was awarded what is Italy’s highest ranking honour, the Order of Merit knighthood- “Cavaliere dell’ordine al merito”

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will award him the medal in recognition ”of his contribution to UNESCO’s ideas through dance as a living cultural expression and as a vector of dialogue”.

Roberto Bolle and other internationally renowned artists will perform in a series of pas de deux from the classical as well as the modern repertoire for the occasion.


Siamo molto orgogliosi di te!

 Grande Roberto!

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