LOS ANGELES–On Wednesday December 10, four leading Armenian artists will come together to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and support Amnesty International on the final day of its Small Places Tour. This momentous night will take place at the intimate setting of Glendale’s Sidebar and feature Element Band, Gor Mkhitarian, Elon and Maria Armoudian.
"We continue to face humanitarian crises of monstrous and unthinkable proportions," said Maria Armoudian, Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commissioner, KPFK host and organizer of the event. "Here in the United States, we tend to forget the unbearable suffering that others all over the world are enduring, and we must all take action to try, somehow, to bring that suffering to an end. It makes sense for Armenian artists to come together for such an event. We are particularly sensitive to human rights issues. And during the genocide of 1915, the artists were among the first to be killed."
The Small Places Tour is Amnesty International’s most ambitious global music and human rights project since the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988, and features over 700 concerts around the globe between September 10th and December 10th (Human Rights Day).
On Dec. 10th, for the first-time ever, the Los Angeles and Armenian community will have the opportunity to not only watch world famous artists in a very personal setting, but also be part of a worldwide cause. Each artist partaking in this concert is committed to drawing attention to pressing human rights concerns through their unique and much praised music.
This event seeks to raise funds and awareness for the critical issues facing humanity.
Amnesty International marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the ‘Small Places Tour’. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s call for ‘concerted citizen action’ in her famous "human rights have to matter in small places" speech exactly 50 years ago, musicians and their fans will raise their voices in song and action in venues, cities, towns, communities, neighborhoods and workplaces around the world. Through hundreds of concerts we will draw attention to urgent human rights concerns. The Small Places Tour is a ‘call to action’ and a way for musicians of all types and at all stages of their careers to join with Amnesty International and communicate the message of human rights through their music and performance.