Reviving Together: 2021 Aurora Prize Ceremony

Reviving Together: 2021 Aurora Prize Ceremony

The 2021 Aurora Prize events took place on October 8-10, 2021, in Venice, Italy. On October 9, the main events of the weekend were held on the San Lazzaro Island, the headquarters of the Mekhitarist Congregation and one of the world’s most prominent centers of Armenian culture and Armenian studies. 

The 2021 Aurora Prize Ceremony, titled “Reviving Together,” was hosted by Dalia Atallah, Aurora’s Amal Clooney Scholarship Fellow and UWC Dilijan alumna from Lebanon, and David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist for The Washington Post and long-time friend of Aurora. It also featured performances by Aram Ipekdjian and Jivan Gasparyan Jr. playing duduk, a traditional Armenian instrument, as well as by the Hover State Chamber Choir, conducted by Sona Hovhannisyan and famous for its experimental choral performances and promoting the Armenian choral heritage throughout the world. 

The sixth annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to Julienne Lusenge, a human rights defender, co-founder of Women's Solidarity for Inclusive Peace and Development (SOFEPADI) and Fund for Congolese Women (FFC), who has been helping the victims of wartime sexual violence for years. 

The Ceremony culminated in a performance by Maestro Andrea Bocelli, a world-famous Italian opera tenor and philanthropist who empowers people and communities through his Andrea Bocelli Foundation.