Cirque du Soleil Totem joins forces with Sentebale

Cirque du Soleil, the world’s largest entertainment company, has long been committed to using their unique skills to positively impact people, communities and the planet.

Now, with their touring show TOTEM, they are joining forces with Sentebale, the charity co-founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso, to positively transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. On the 16th of January, for the premiere of the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the two organisations will team-up to produce a spectacular night of entertainment with the aim of raising both awareness and funds for the charity’s life-changing work addressing the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.

The evening will mark the second event in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights’, building on the success of the charity’s first production; a partnership with Cameron Mackintosh Productions in August with the hit musical HAMILTON, which was attended by both The Duke and Duchess of Sussex amongst other VIP guests and longstanding Sentebale supporters.

Founded in 2006, Sentebale helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi – the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic – get the support, tools and education they need to lead long, healthy and productive lives.

Johnny Hornby, Chairman of Sentebale, said: “At Sentebale, a large part of our educational work with children and adolescents has focussed around engaging them through play, entertainment and music. We’re very grateful to everyone at Cirque du Soleil, for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on the work that Sentebale does to help children and young adults affected by HIV to live happy, healthy and productive lives.”

Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s CEO, said: “Since our very beginnings, we have always been determined to engage responsibly in the communities that we visit throughout the world. We strive to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world. It is because both our organizations share these very values that we will proudly dedicate our TOTEM premiere to the ‘Sentebale Nights’, a perfect way to allow us to raise significant funds and awareness together”.

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Notes to Editors:

For media enquiries about Sentebale:

Alice Lycett Green, Head of Marketing and Communications: alice.lycettgreen@sentebale.org | +44 (0) 207 7300 226 | +44 (0)7968 272681

 

For further press information about Cirque du Soleil please contact:

Becky Williams, LD Communications : becky.williams@LDCommunications.co.uk |

+44(0)2074397222

 

About Sentebale

Sentebale was founded in 2006 by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso with a vision to positively transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, many the victims of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.

Despite great progress made worldwide in combatting the AIDS epidemic, HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, three out of four new HIV infections among 15–19-year-olds are among young women and stigma is a major factor preventing youth knowing their HIV status, accessing lifesaving treatment and care.

For over a decade, the charity has been supporting thousands of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and now in Malawi by delivering youth-appropriate HIV prevention solutions and testing services, and critical intensive weeklong residential camps and monthly Saturday clubs for those coming to terms with living with HIV. In addition to this, Sentebale has developed a youth-led advocacy programme to encourage this generation to drive positive change in HIV services to better reflect their needs.

Today, Sentebale’s youth-centred approach is changing the lives of young people across the region. In 2018, the psychosocial support network of clubs and camps reached over 4,200 thousand children and adolescents, and in October 2018, the charity held its first club in Mulanje District, Malawi in partnership with Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) to support adolescent girls and young women affected by HIV in schools.

For more information about Sentebale, visit www.sentebale.org

Twitter/Instagram: @Sentebale Facebook: SentebaleOfficial

#Sentebale | Sentebale is a UK registered charity, number 1113544

 

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit cdsentertainmentgroup.com. Instagram: @Cirquedusoleil Twitter : @Cirque

Facebook: Totem – Cirque du Soleil #TOTEM

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