16th September 2020 | Save the Children
- The full line-up for the ‘I ❤️ Beirut’ benefit concert includes: Salma Hayek, Danna Paola, Rufus Wainwright, Kylie, Louane, Etel Adnan, Fanny Ardant, and Laura Pausini
- The concert, led by British-Lebanese singer Mika, will be live streamed on YouTube across four time zones on 19 September
- All the money raised from ticket sales and donations to the GoFundMe campaign will be split between the Lebanese Red Cross and Save the Children, to support their continued relief work since the explosion in Beirut’s docks last month.
This morning, the full line-up for the ‘I ❤️ Beirut' benefit concert has been revealed and includes global pop icon Kylie, Mexican singer and actress Danna Paola, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, César Award-winning French singer and actress Louane, and a very special performance from Italian icon Laura Pausini.
Joining these musicians to speak at the event are Academy Award-nominated actress and film producer Salma Hayek, César Award-winning French actress Fanny Ardant, and acclaimed Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan.
Kylie commented: “Mika and I have been friends for a while, so when he asked me to be part of his 'I ❤️ Beirut' project of course I said yes! The situation in Lebanon is so sad, but I hope this event will raise lots of money to support the incredible work of Save the Children and The Lebanese Red Cross and their teams working on the ground in Beirut. I'm so happy to be part of it.”
The concert will be live streamed across four time zones, starting at 8pm BST / 9pm CEST on 19 September from Mika’s YouTube channel via private link.
The concert was announced by Beirut born singer Mika last month, in the wake of the explosion in his home city on 4 August. Following the tragedy, more than 180 people have died, thousands have been left injured and many are in urgent need of basic assistance, shelter, and medical care.
All donations raised from the concert will go directly to Lebanese Red Cross and Save the Children for their vital work they continue to carry out on the ground. A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up so that additional donations can be made.
Tickets available via Ticketmaster
Supporting images and video of Mika talking about the concert available here
Concert live stream times around the world:
Livestream #1 - UK & Ireland (8pm BST / IST)
Livestream #2 – Europe (9pm CEST / 8pm BST)
Livestream #3 - North America & Central/South America (6pm PDT / 9pm EDT)
Livestream #4 - Australia, New Zealand and Asia (8pm AEST / 10pm NZST / 7pm JST and KST)
(NB: Live stream in Australia / Asia ten to occur on the following day).
Thanks to our partners supporting the event:
Kering and its houses
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Starting with his 2007 debut album Life In Cartoon Motion featuring “Grace Kelly,” MIKA has sold over 10 million records and is a certified Gold and Platinum artist in 32 countries worldwide. He is Grammy-nominated, won a Brit Award and went on to release three additional platinum-selling albums The Boy Who Knew Too Much, The Origin of Love, and No Place In Heaven. His latest album My Name is Michael Holbrook was released in October 2019 and was followed by the start of a World Tour.
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Money raised at this event will go towards Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, a special reserve that is being used to support the response efforts in Lebanon. This includes supporting families who were already struggling due to the economic crisis and now find themselves unable to access basic essentials, providing weatherproofing kits for families whose windows and doors were damaged in the explosion and essential psychological first aid for children and families.
By supporting the Emergency Fund, you’ll be giving children who are living through disasters like the Beirut explosion immediate life-saving support, as well as protecting their futures, so they can go on to change the world.
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