"Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders" raises funds for Japan
The three-hour charity concert in Hong Kong raised approximately US$2.31 million dollars
by Kyrie Chie
Date Published: 04/04/2011
The Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild reunited artists all over Asia in the major funding raising gala "Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders," which was held at the Victoria Park on April 1.
Eric Tsang, Zheng Danrui, Carol Cheng, Sylvia Chang and Agnes Chan hosted the three-hour charity concert marathon "Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders" with participation from 300 artists, including Hong Kong Heavenly King Andy Lau, Hacken Lee, Miriam Yeung, and Korean girl band Wonder Girls to raise funds for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. Jackie Chan spearheaded the event.
According to Channelnewsasia.com, "US pop star Lionel Richie and musician Kenny G appeared in video clips shown during the concert urging the people of Japan to stay strong."
Like Taiwan's artists, Hong Kong artists specially prepared a theme song "Succumb Not to Sorrow (不要輸給心痛)" to encourage and to cheer on Japan. The theme song was recorded in Japanese and Mandarin, and the Japanese lyrics is inspired and derived from the work by Miyazawa Kenji, a renowned Japanese poet and author of children literature during the Meiji period. The fundraising gala raised approximately 18 million HK dollars (US$2.31 million).
For an Asia Pacific Arts article covering the event, click here.