Zohra Orchestra

Zohra Orchestra

An unmissable evening with Afghanistan’s all-female Zohra Orchestra

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Afghanistan’s all-female Zohra Orchestra on their debut tour of Australia – at Sydney Opera House and Robert Blackwood Hall, Melbourne. This internationally acclaimed group are bringing their unique blend of classical Afghan and Western instruments to Monash University in an evening set to generate cultural harmonies and showcase the nuances of traditional Afghan music.

As students of Afghanistan’s only music school, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (founded by Monash alumnus Dr Ahmad Sarmast in 2010), the all-female Zohra Orchestra defy cultural norms by using music and education to explore their heritage and identities as artists and women.

The Zohra Orchesta has travelled and played at prestigious concert halls and gatherings in international locations such as Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2017, the group left Afghanistan for the very first time to perform in front of 2000 world leaders at the Annual World Economic Forum, to great acclaim.

The efforts of Dr Sarmast and the Zohra Orchestra highlight the beauty of Afghan music and the achievements of Afghan women. Monash Arts is proud to help spread their message of hope across the world.

Dr Sarmast has received an array of accolades from around the world, including the 2018 Polar Music Prize, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University in 2016, and UNESCO’s Second Annual Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize in 2016. He was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2013.

As the country now stands at a crossroad with the US and Taliban negotiating a peace deal that may undermine recent gains and newfound rights, Professor Jacqui True, Director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, and Dr Sarmast discuss in a short dialogue why music is essential to peace, gender equality and hope for a peaceful future in Afghanistan.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Canberra; Australian Government; the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.

Suitable for all ages
Approximate duration: 2 hours


Standard $30
Concession (Pensioner/Student) $20
Child (12 years and under) $10

No exchanges or refunds unless otherwise required by Law.

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