27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

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The power of humanity -- on show and in concert!

A unique and spectacular show marked the opening of the 27th International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, on October 31st, 1999.

water, earth, air and fire come together in a flamboyant, moving and lively creation

The show, choreographed especially for the occasion, honoured and celebrated "the Power of Humanity."

The show was 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 if they are either insufficient or in excess.

Artists from five continents used drama, dance and music to symbolise the themes and the elements. Among them were Vanessa-Mae, Manu Dibango, Cirque de 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.

All proceeds from ticket sales (3,000 tickets were sold) went to Red Cross and Red Crescent water-based projects. All production costs were covered by sponsors

The show was broadcast live by Television Suisse Romande (TSR2) in Switzerland and was also televised in six other countries.

The show was the opener of the "27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent" the last conference of the millennium to bring together representatives from 188 governments and 176 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Artists: Vanessa-Mae, Manu Dibango, Dick Bakker, Cirque de Soleil, Circus Ethiopia, Riverdance, Up With People.

Patron: Bertrand Piccard

Sponsors: Credit Suisse Group, Tetra Pak, Royal & SunAlliance, Nestle, Hewlett-Packard, Unilever N.V, Toyota Motor Corporation, Philips AG

The opening show

Picture a unique performance in which water, earth, air and fire come together in a flamboyant, moving and lively creation. Imagine a stage on which the elements dance together before your very eyes, in the most unexpected shapes and forms.

water, earth, air and fire come together in a flamboyant, moving and lively creationHail and morning dew, soft breezes and hurricanes, volcanic explosions and northern lights will turn the stage into a miniature universe. Fantastic special effects, giant projections, walls of water and natural scenery will pay tribute to each element's vital and destructive forces.

The human hand is evident everywhere in our world. A hand which cultivates the land, makes tools and tames rivers. A hand which also spreads desolation and terror, wreaks havoc in ecosystems and destroys people and communities.

A hand stretching out to others, bringing hope, consolation and protection. A solid and supporting hand, symbolising the power of humanity. Well-known artists from all five continents will bring this immense fresco alive, putting their talents, songs, dances and performances together in a show full of emotions ranging from utter dispair to soaring hope. Manu Dibango, Vanessa Mae, Laura Pausini, Le Cirque du Soleil, Ethiopia Circus, Riverdance, Dick Bakker and Up with People will perform well-known pieces from their repertoire, or special compositions created for the occasion as an integral part of the scenario.

Join them in becoming symbols of the Power of Humanity, our strength and hope for the new millennium.


Tickets for the show on October 31, 1999 will be on sale from at every Ticket Corner or on www.ticketcorner.ch as of September 24th.

  Prices are Fr. 68.-/48.-

  Reductions are available for AVS/AI, students, unemployed and children under 12.

  Doors open at 19h15

The show will last approximately 1h30 with no interval and will be televised.


How to get to the Arena

by car:

Motorway exit Airport / train station CFF Cointrin
Follow the parking signs Gare CFF / Arena (P26)

by train:

Departure Lausanne 18h03
Arrival Geneva 18h45
Arrival Geneva airport 18h51

Departure Lausanne 18h39
Arrival Geneva 19h25
Arrival Geneva airport 19h31

Departure Geneva 19h11
Arrival Geneva airport 19h17

Departure Geneva 19h16
Arrival Geneva airport 19h22

by bus:

line 5 Palexpo

line 18 Palexpo - Airport

Do you need a hotel?

If you plan to spend the night in Geneva, we have negotiated a special rate at the Hotel Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, located opposite the Arena, which is the official hotel for the show. Please mention that you are attending the Red Cross Show when you make your reservation.

Crowne Plaza Geneva
26 Voie de Moens, GENEVA, 1218

Phone: +41 (22) 791 00 11
Toll-free: 0800551175
Fax: +41 (22) 798 92 73
Email: sales@crowneplazageneva.ch


The entire proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Movement's programmes and actions throughout the world.

All the show's production costs are covered by sponsors.

Main sponsors:

Credit Suisse Group Tetra Pak, more than the package Royal and Sun Alliance

Other sponsors:



Unilever N.V

Toyota Motor Corporation

Philips AG