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At a glance: Belgium

‘Stars of Europe’ concert offers music and messages about child rights

© Il Novecento Orchestra/2008
The artists performing – and supporting UNICEF – at ‘Stars of Europe’ will be accompanied by the famous Il Novecento Orchestra, shown here.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 19 September 2008 – Tonight, Belgian TV hosts Maureen Louys and Marcel Vanthilt welcome ten thousands of spectators to ‘Stars of Europe’, a unique pop concert with artists from all over the continent. Besides showcasing several genres and generations of musical entertainment, the televised concert will also promote awareness of UNICEF’s worldwide programmes.

From the heart of Europe, stars of the show will raise their voices against the injustice of preventable child deaths and the continued deprivation of children’s rights around the globe. Singers Salvatore Adamo and Helmut Lotti of Belgium, along with other UNICEF ambassadors, will speak on the organization’s behalf either live at the concert or in video messages.

Viewers will be invited to phone a toll-free to support UNICEF.

Among the other top artists scheduled to appear are the British band Air Traffic, Robyn of Sweden, Thomas Dutronc of France, Sharleen Spiteri of Scotland , Kate Ryan of Belgium and many more.

Live broadcast in Europe and beyond

For the second year running, ‘Stars of Europe’ will be shown live on Belgian television by public broadcasters VRT and RTBF. Thanks to the European Broadcasting Union, millions of people in at least 15 other countries in Europe can watch the show, as well.

In addition, the concert will be available, through TV5, to French-speaking audiences in Africa and other regions of the world.

The co-hosts, Ms. Louys and Mr. Vanthilt, also hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest together in Belgium in 2005. Together, they will bring two rich hours of music and messages about an important cause – helping the world’s most vulnerable children – to a wide European audience.



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