After a dazzling show at Cannes Film
Festival, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will join
international singing stars Madonna and Beyonce at a mega
charity concert in London next month.
Aishwarya Rai, who will be joined by actor husband Abhishek
Bachchan, has been confirmed as a celebrity presenter at the
Chime for Change event on June 1 aimed at raising funds and
awareness for women's rights and empowerment around the world.
"I am really happy that so many amazing artists and
presenters have come together to support Chime For Change. Our
goal is to have a great time together while we unite and
strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world,"
said Beyonce, concert director and co-founder of Chime for
In a world first, each ticket buyer will personally be
able to choose which of the many projects Chime For Change
supports will receive their ticket money.
The Sound of Change Live concert itself at Twickenham
Stadium has been underwritten by international luxury fashion
brand Gucci and is guaranteed to fund at least 120 projects
supporting girls and women globally.
"Sixty per cent of the children in the world not in
school are girls! Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are
women! I do not accept this. We need to change this and we
will change this," said Madonna, who will not be performing
but is one of the celebrity presenters alongside Indian
actresses Rai and Freida Pinto, as well as Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, former British Prime Minister Gordon and wife Sarah
Brown, and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain.
Well-known UK promoter Harvey Goldsmith, behind some of
the world's biggest global charity concerts such as Live Aid
and Live 8, will produce the four-hour concert.
"We are thrilled that these amazing people are giving
their time and support. The stature of our artists and
presenters proves just how important this campaign is and we
hope that the concert will galvanise the public to support the
many important projects," he said.
The Chime For Change initiative is led by Marianne Pearl,
the wife of former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl -
held captive in Pakistan and beheaded by Al Qaeda in 2002. As
managing editor of Chime For Change, she will also fly to
London from Spain for the gig with her 11-year-old son Adam.