Eurovision stars Anna Vissi, Constantinos Christoforou and Despina Olympiou will take part in a ‘Cyprus Unplugged’ benefit concert at the Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar) in Brussels on 9 November. All proceeds from the event, organised under the patronage of European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, will go to charities on the island supporting disadvantaged children and families.
“The social dimension of the economic crisis has been harsh on many of our citizens. Behind the statistics on unemployment and welfare, there are millions of personal stories of pain which are often hidden. I am very grateful to the artists who have agreed to perform without payment. The money raised will improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Cyprus. At the same time it will send a clear message everywhere on the need for more solidarity, understanding and support,” said Vassiliou.
The musicians will perform an ‘unplugged’ (acoustic) concert, accompanied by guitar, piano and bouzouki. The event will also feature Cypriot poetry.
Vassiliou, who is inviting fellow EU Commissioners to support the initiative, will open the concert.
“Our political measures in response to the crisis need to be accompanied by a response from society itself. This needs to come from organised groups, volunteers, the church and others – but mostly from citizens themselves. I hope a lot of people will come and show their support,” she added.
Tickets for the concert, priced €30, are available in Brussels from the Bozar box office, 23 rue Ravenstein, as well as Périple, 115 rue Froissart, Kafenio, Rue Stévin 134, and Attica, 49-51 Rue des Treves. They are also available via email from [email protected]
The following charities will benefit from the concert:
· Alkionides Charity – supporting families in need
· Social Welfare Services – girls’ hostels
· Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family