Open air and open to all - World Food Day Concerts in Rome and Havana

Drummer Mory Thaioune of Senegal's Taakoma


Brazilian star Caetano Veloso, American singer Jackson Browne and the Cuban band Los Van Van are among the dozens of internationally renowned musicians scheduled to perform at the second annual World Food Day Concert on Sunday, 26 October.

The free, open-air concert will take place simultaneously on stages in Rome and Havana, linked by satellite and television into a single, global event. The concert caps more than a week of activities dedicated to raising public awareness and support for the campaign to end the chronic hunger and undernutrition that afflicts more than 800 million men, women and children.

A week earlier, on 19 October, TeleFood '97 took to the airwaves, reaching an estimated 100 million viewers in some 60 countries with a message of solidarity. Part of World Food Day celebrations, eight hours of broadcasting were brought to a glittering close with a gala concert in the Vatican, with invited guests.

Parts of the World Food Day Concert in Rome, which starts at 18:00 local time, will be shown live on a giant screen at the Havana venue and vice versa. In Rome, acts such as Caetano Veloso, Daniele Silvestri, Taakoma, Avion Travel, Nada Trio and Jackson Browne are billed to play, while Irene Grandi, Augusto Enriquez, Los Van Van and Amauri Perez are among those expected to perform in Havana.

A number of music and dance workshops are being held on FAO premises in the days before the concert.

24 October 1997

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