Taking place at Outernet London's brand new entertainment district, the spectacular Blue Moon Gala marked Unicef’s 75th anniversary as the leading organisation working for children. Celebrity guests and high-profile supporters were treated to a three-course dinner and live performances from Duran Duran and Arlo Parks.
Photo: Duran Duran perform at UNICEF's Blue Moon Gala
Photo: Arlo Parks performs at UNICEF's Blue Moon Gala
UNICEF UK President, Olivia Colman, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, UNICEF UK Ambassadors, James Nesbitt, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Izzard were in attendance to reflect on UNICEF’s 75-year history and look ahead by raising £770,000 to help UNICEF continue its work for children around the world.
Photo: UNICEF's UK President, Olivia Colman & Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham
The star-studded gala also welcomed UNICEF UK Ambassadors, Eddie Izzard and Jemima Khan, UNICEF UK High-Profile Supporters, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Cel Spellman, and UNICEF UK Supporters, Lily James, Jonah Hauer-King and Soccer Aid for UNICEF co-host, Alex Scott.
Guests were treated to performances from new UNICEF UK Supporter, and double Grammy Award nominee, BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize winning singer Arlo Parks, and Duran Duran, who performed some old favourites and treated guests to tracks from their new album, FUTURE PAST.
Guests pledged their support at the evening’s live auction, with prize lots including UNICEF UK Ambassador Rita Ora’s sequined Miu Miu bodysuit - as seen in her Rita Ora Live From the Eiffel Tower film, Andy Murray’s tennis racquet and lunch in London’s Bike Shed, hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador Charley Boorman and Long Way Up Producer/Director Russ Malkin, all contributing to the £770,000 total.
The very special event marks 75 years of UNICEF helping children around the world to live, learn and grow. Born in 1946 out of the ruins of World War Two, UNICEF has been an unstoppable force for change for millions of children and continues to support those facing unimaginable crises to this day – from confronting conflict, Covid-19 and climate change to the impact of devastating inequality.
Attendees were treated to a spectacular display, with a ceiling of sparkling stars, and the themed ‘Blue Moon’ gliding across the walls. UNICEF films and images were shown to guests on the extraordinary screens throughout the evening, highlighting the life-changing work that UNICEF has implemented for children and families around the world since its inception 75 years ago.
Outernet London is a major new immersive media, music and culture district in the heart of London’s West End, and home to the most advanced immersive space in the world, supported by Outernet’s charitable foundation, ADOT. UNICEF's Blue Moon Gala was staged within the centrepiece of Outernet London; namely The Now Building – an immense digital canvas standing four stories high across 23,000 square feet of floor to ceiling, 360-degree, 16K screens, offering immersive digital experiences the likes of which have never been seen before.
The relationship between Outernet and UNICEF will continue into 2022 as the district fully opens with details to be announced in the new year.
Outernet Global President and CEO Philip O’Ferrall said:
“The work UNICEF do is so vital and to be able to help them mark this anniversary was a huge privilege for everyone at Outernet London. The money raised this evening will help so many children across the world and we would like to thank the team at UNICEF, the fantastic performers and all the UNICEF ambassadors and guests who made the evening such a success.”