LONDON: After scorching the Cannes International Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai will now appear at a London charity concert with Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez next month.
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto will also join the concert, according to the organizers.
Called the Chime for Change concert, it takes place at Twickenham Stadium in London on June 1. All proceeds from the four-hour show will go to the charity which aims to focus on issues of health, education and justice facing women globally.
Beyonce, who is also its artistic director for the concert, said, “I am really happy that so many amazing artists and presenters have come together to support Chime for Change on June 1. Our goal is to have a great time together while we unite and strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world.”
Harvey Goldsmith, known for supporting major global charity concerts Live Aid and Live 8, said, “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.’’
Madonna, who has been active in various charities but won’t be performing at the concert, said, “60 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!”
The concert is the brainchild of Beyonce, SalmaHayek and Frida Gianini in support of the Chime for Change initiative mounted by slain Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl’s wife Marianne who is the managing editor of Chime for Change. Pearl was killed by Al Qaeda captives in Pakistan in 2002.
Other stars who have confirmed their participation are Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana and James Franco. Archibishop Desmond Tutu, Gordon and Sarah Brown and Gloria Steinham are also coming to the charity concert.