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
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