Since 1948, UNESCO

International Dance Day

2018
Ohad Naharin — Europe

Ohad Naharin — Europe

Dancing is about being in the moment. It’s about listening to the scope of sensations and allowing that listening to become the fuel of all feelings, forms, and content.
2018
Marianela Boan — The Americas

Marianela Boan — The Americas

Dancing is the great antidote to the madness of mankind.
2018
Willy Tsao — Asia Pacific

Willy Tsao — Asia Pacific

In the pursuit of excellence in contemporary dance, we value individual expressions; therefore, we learn to respect different opinions and diversity.
2018
Georgette Gebara — Arab countries

Georgette Gebara — Arab countries

Dance is a statement. A statement that says more eloquently than any spoken language, that we are one.
2018
Salia Sanou — Africa

Salia Sanou — Africa

However, whether we like it or not, whether we recognize it or not, we all share, whatever the colour of our skin, whatever our origins, wherever we live, a common base: humanity. It is this paradigm that guides and nourishes my creative process.
2017
Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown

Dance communicates and expands the universal language of communication, giving birth to joy, beauty and the advancement of human knowledge.
2016
Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio

Touch the cosmos the source of our divinity illuminatingthe face of the ancestors so we can see our children
2015
Israel Galvan

Israel Galvan

Everybody can dance together! Maybe not holding onto each other, but by each other's side.
2014
Mourad Merzouki

Mourad Merzouki

So try, fail, start all over again but above all, dance, never stop dancing!
2013
Lin Hwai-min

Lin Hwai-min

Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance. Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body. Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses.
2012
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

I believe that dance may be one of the most honest forms of expression for us to cherish: because when people dance, whether in a ballet performance, a hip-hop battle, an underground contemporary show or just in a discotheque, cutting loose, there are seldom any lies deployed, any masks worn.
2011
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
2010
Julio Bocca
2009
Akram KHAN

Akram KHAN

This very special day is dedicated to the one language that everybody in this world can speak, the inherent language of our bodies and our souls, of our ancestors and of our children
2008
Gladys Agulhas

Gladys Agulhas

The Spirit of Dance has no colour, no selected shape or size but embraces the power of unity, strength and beauty found within us