Portuguese Artists to Honor and Aid Forest Fire Victims With Solidarity Concert

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Ana Moura performs at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 13, 2016 in St Paul, Minn. 

Lisbon concert to raise funds for areas affected by tragic blaze in Central Portugal

Ana Moura, Rui Veloso, David Fonseca, Camané, Amor Electro and Carlos de Carmo are among the 25 artists representing multiple genres set to perform at a concert in Lisbon to honor the victims of last week's tragic wild fire in Central Portugal and to raise funds for areas affected by the blaze.  

Sixty-four people died and 250 were injured by the fire, deemed one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Portugal.

The Juntos Por Todos concert will take place Tuesday (June 27) at Lisbon’s MEO Arena, and will be broadcast live by Portugal’s major television networks and every Portuguese radio station, according to an announcement by the organizers. Sony Music Portugal, Universal Music Portugal, Valentim de Carvalho and Warner Music Portugal, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation are lending support for the concert.

The arena is hosting the concert free of charge, and ticket-selling site Blue Ticket is donating its services for the benefit event. Tickets can also be bought at the Lisbon Office of Tourism as well at usual physical ticket sites in Lisbon, including FNAC and El Corte Ingles.

Tickets priced from 15 to 25 euros are on sale for both concert-goers and those only wishing to make a donation. The organizers say that the “donation tickets” for people not actually going to the concert were created to “respond to the call of the Portuguese diaspora and the numerous companies who have been looking for ways to contribute.” The proceeds will go to Portugal’s Union of Mercy.

Portugal’s worst-ever forest fire broke out June 17 in the municipality of Pedrógão Grande before spreading to other areas. Many of the victims died in their cars as they attempted to flee the blaze.  Portuguese officials announced that the fires were under control on Thursday (June 22).


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