Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams and Natasha Bedingfield will perform at the Peace One Day Celebration on September 9 at Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York City. Lennox and Adams will perform acoustic sets. Actor Jude Law and rocker Lenny Kravitz are among those to send messages via video.
The celebration will also feature speeches from international luminaries and clips from the acclaimed documentary, The Day After Peace. The New York concert will be filmed and a TV special will be broadcast globally. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are $59.50 and $74.50.
Proceeds form the event are earmarked to assist the non-profit organization’s ongoing mission to raise awareness of Peace Day, which is globally recognized annually on September 21, and manifest life saving activities on that day.
As a direct outcome of Peace One Day’s campaigning in 2007, parties in Afghanistan recognized Peace Day, resulting in 1.4 million Afghanistan children being vaccinated against polio. Last year, 100 million people in 200 countries participated in Peace Day activities and in 14 of those countries, efforts were targeted towards providing life-saving activities and medical services on the Day.
“We all have so much potential, but we don’t tend to realize it, so we take it for granted. The work of Peace One Day encourages and inspires people to think about what we can all do, both at individual and collective levels,” Lennox said in a statement. “There are better and alternative means to conflict resolution than killing and maiming the enemy. Political leaders and power brokers have too much invested in the industry of war, rather than implementing peaceful solutions.”
“We now have a remarkable chance to each do our part to commit to peaceful activities on Peace Day and this day has been proven to save lives,” added Gilley, who is also the writer, producer and director of The Day After Peace, and founded the organization in 1999.