British stars at Nobel concert in Oslo

British and Irish stars paid a visit to Oslo last weekend to take part in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The impressive line-up included chart-toppers Westlife, Sugababes, Duran Duran, Damien Rice and Katie Melua as well as Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins.

The days from 9-11 December were a weekend in the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo with such events as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, opening of a new exhibition about this year’s prize winners and the Peace Prize Ceremony.

The highlight was the Peace Prize Ceremony where this year’s winners, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was honoured. They recived the prize for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.

Sunday 11 December artists from around the world gathered in Oslo to spread the message of peace and pay tribute to this year’s winners. Hollywood actresses Salma Hayek and Julianne Moore hosted the concert. They were invited to host because their considerable humanitarian efforts embody a spirit og generousity and leadership.

The concert, which was held in Oslo Spektrum, included performances from superstars from around the world, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, Sugababes, Katie Melua, Yo-Yo Ma, Katherine Jenkins, Juanes, Damian Rice, Westlife, Madrugada with Ane Brun, Martin Yates, Ska Cubano and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Kringkastingsorkesteret).

A new photo exhibit, 'Make Power – Not War', opened 11 December at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. The exhibit about this year’s winners of the Peace Prize, and will be open through to 13 April 2006. Since the opening of the Peace Centre in June 2005, it has been visited by 50 000 people. The Centre presents the laureates, arranges exhibitions, and tells the story of Alfred Nobel and all the Nobel Peace Prize winners.

The concert was not broadcasted live in the UK, but it's likely that the highlights will be shown on one of the main TV channels at a later stage. Check back to this website in the coming days for more details.

Photos: Michael Thompson, Island Records, Richard Haughton, Dramatico Ent. JDS Management, Michael O'Neill, Bandana Management, Autumn de Wilde, Carlos Baltasar

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Nobel Peace Centre in OsloPhoto: Nobel Peace Centre

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