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The Shaw Festival to host Amnesty’s Festival for Freedom Concert to Demand Dignity

Bulletin #7

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 29, 2010 . . . Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival’s namesake, once wrote: “the greatest of our evils, and the worst of our crimes is poverty”, and so on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Royal George Theatre, the Shaw Festival will proudly present the 22nd Annual Festival for Freedom Benefit Concert in support of Amnesty International’s campaign to Demand Dignity.

Hosted by Shaw Ensemble member Norman Browning (Harvey and Half an Hour), this evening of family-friendly entertainment will feature the range and diverse talents of the 2010 Company.  Gloria Nafziger, Coordinator for Refugees and Migrants, will be the evening’s guest speaker.

Amnesty International continues its campaign to Demand Dignity, which ensures that human rights are at the heart of the global effort to end poverty which has been envisioned by the Millennium Development Goals. In Canada, a major focus of the campaign will be to address the connections between poverty and the failure to protect the land rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“We will contribute to the achievement of universal primary education, gender equality, better access to fair employment, improvement in healthcare for women and children, better and more secure housing, and adequate provision of food, water and sanitation”, explained Local Amnesty Chair Martha Cisneros. “Amnesty International believes that upholding human rights is essential for ending poverty.”

Since 1989, The Shaw has raised well over $101,000 for Amnesty International through this event.  Shaw Festival Company members from all departments donate their time and talents supporting this worthy cause.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Martha Cisneros at 905-468-0481 or in-person at the Shaw Festival Shop (cash only)

Amnesty International is a world-wide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights, campaigning to free prisoners of conscience and end political killings, “disappearances” and torture. Those interested in joining the local chapter of Amnesty International may contact Martha Cisneros at 905-468-0481.

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In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.  

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
1-800-657-1106 or 905-468-2153 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com

Jenniffer Anand    
Public Relations Coordinator      
1-800-657-1106 or 905-468-2153 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com    

Martha Cisneros
Chair
Amnesty International – Group 137
Niagara-on-the-Lake Chapter
905-468-0481

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