Ricky Martin underwrites ‘Peace’ concert as his gift to the Nobel summit

Ricky Martin is underwriting his own concert in Merida. Photo: Getty

The Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin is not just performing in concert. He is covering its expenses, a tip of his hat toward the XVII World Nobel Peace Summit.

The gathering, which brings 27 Nobel laureates from around the world to Yucatan between Sept. 19 and 21.

The show, which concludes the convention, is another example of Martin’s work as a philanthropist, said Yucatan’s tourism secretary, Michelle Fridman.

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Fridman praised the singer, “who has shown his sensitivity to people in situations of vulnerability.”

The Yucatan for Peace concert will be held in the central Paseo de Montejo and will have capacity of 25,000 people, of whom 20,000 will get in for free.

Spanish pop new wave musician Miguel Bose will share the stage, and like Martin, will also be part of workshops that address complementary issues such as native cultures, hunger and peace, nuclear disarmament, social development, peace in the family and sports for peace.

Nobel laureates in attendance will include former presidents: Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018), Poland’s Lech Walesa (1990-1995), South Africa’s Frederik de Klerk (1989-1994) and East Timor’s José Ramos-Horta (2007-2012).

Also former Irish Prime Minister David Trimble, Iranian jurist Shirin Ebadi, the founder of Women Journalists Without Chains Tawakkol Karman and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. In addition to Liberian laureate Leymah Gbowee, American Jody Williams, Norwegian Betty Williams and the Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchú.

Source: Yucatan state tourism office

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