Márta Sebestyén, a Hungarian folk artist whose work is featured on the award winning film The English Patient, has been named a UNESCO Artist for Peace.
Ms Sebestyén has worked for more than 25 years with the ensemble Muzsikás, but has more recently toured as part of the Dongó trio.
Born in Budapest in 1957, Marta has performed for H.M. Queen Elisabeth II., the Japanese Emperor and the Spanish Royal Family. Her collaboration with the french group Deep Forest garnered a Grammy Award in 1996.
As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Márta Sebestyén will highlight cultural links binding the countries of Southern and Central Europe as well as joining in UNESCO celebrations and serving on juries. Other UNESCO artists include; musician Manu Dibango of Cameroon, fashion designer Bibi Russell of Bangladesh and Haitian writer Frankentienne as a UNESCO Artist for Peace.