27th International Conference
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The power of humanity -- on show, in concert and on the web!

Welcome to a unique and spectacular show marking the opening of the 27th International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement!

The show, choreographed especially for the occasion, honours and celebrates "the Power of Humanity." The show is built around the four elements and the balance between the "too much" and the "too scarce" of each of them - how water, fire, air and earth are vital for survival and human development, but how they can also wreak havoc.

Artists from five continents use drama, dance and music to symbolise the themes and the elements. Among them are Vanessa-Mae, Manu Dibango, Cirque du Soleil and Riverdance.


"The Power of Humanity" is the slogan used by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement during its Millennium Year (May 8 1999 to May 8 2000). The slogan reflects the power of acting individually and collectively in order to help those in need.

The show was broadcast live by Television Suisse Romande (TSR2) and also broadcast in Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Morocco and Portugal.

The show is a unique way for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to open the "27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent", the last conference in this millennium which brings together representatives from 188 governments and 176 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

This is the first time in history that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has opened its Conference with a public show. All production costs for the show are covered by sponsorship, thus ensuring that the revenue generated by the sale of tickets will be entirely dedicated to Red Cross and Red Crescent water-related development projects.

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Videos: Opening Show

Introduction

Princess Margriet

The Scenario

Creation of the World

Water

Fire

Air

Earth

Finale

The Directors