UNITY – A CONCERT FOR STEPHEN LAWRENCE
29 September, 2013 – The O2 Arena
EMELI SANDE, RIZZLE KICKS, LABRINTH, JAMIE CULLUM, JESSIE J, TINIE TEMPAH, RUDIMENTAL, ED SHEERAN & SOUL II SOUL
MORE SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING WEEKS
Tickets go on sale on Friday 21 June at 9am from bit.ly/SL20tickets
In aid of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
“I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future. He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn’t distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people.” ~ Doreen Lawrence
- 20 years after the tragic murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence, music’s biggest names unite for a special concert championing youth and social empowerment
- Concert to raise funds for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which helps to develop brighter futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Tuesday 18 June:
Music is a common language that has the power to unite communities and bring people from all backgrounds together. Today, some of the biggest names in music announce they are joining forces to stage Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2 Arena this autumn.
The concert marks the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder. Through the work of Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence Trust, Britain is changing but there is still much more to be done. The SL20 campaign, set up by the Trust to mark this important anniversary, aims to highlight Stephen’s legacy and the vital work undertaken by the charity in his name. This concert will play a pivotal role in the SL20 initiative.
Doreen Lawrence OBE, Founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said: “Our aim is to build hope for the future. Justice for Stephen is about all of us, every one of us, in society having justice. I want young people to feel inspired, be confident and have hope in their own future. There have been a further 106 racist murders since Stephen was killed 20 years ago and there are still too many young people who do not have a sense of hope. We work every day to empower youth and we’re so proud that the music industry is joining us in reaching out to change the lives of young people.”
This event sees UK artists and the music industry working together to create a one-off concert and raise awareness and money for the Stephen Lawrence Trust, further providing opportunities for those disadvantaged by their colour, their postcode, their ethnicity or their poverty – across the UK. All the artists will perform tracks specially chosen for their social message.
Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence is supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson as well as Lewisham and Greenwich Council.
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Notes To Editors:
Information on the Stephen Lawrence Trust
Stephen had a dream, which was cut short when his life was tragically ended as a result of a racially-driven attack. Too many young people, due to their colour, their postcode, their ethnicity or poverty, can only dream – some do not even dare to dream – about what they could achieve in their lives. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust nurtures talented young people so that they can live their dreams.
What is SL20?
It has been 20 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered simply because of the colour of his skin. SL20 is the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s campaign to mark this anniversary and to celebrate Stephen’s legacy.
We want to ensure that all young people get a fair chance to contribute their talent to shaping our society. We want to ensure that this country can benefit and flourish from diversity.
We are running a series of events throughout this year that aim to both raise awareness and resources so that the Trust can continue its work to transform lives.
Stephen’s legacy – what has the Stephen Lawrence Trust achieved?
- Macpherson report and beyond – The inquiry into Stephen Lawrence’s murder, led by Mcpherson, recognised the existence of institutional racism for the first time. This led to real change to the legal system in the UK along with changed practices in statutory organisations.
- Access to Professions – over 100 bursaries, nine architects now qualified and three with their own practice, regular memorial lectures and feedback to built environment industry. Annual Stephen Lawrence Award in partnership with RIBA.
- Stephen Lawrence Centre – this visionary building design by David Adjaye opened in 2008. There is a full programme of creative, educative and employability activities for young people and the local community.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – what next?
The Trust aim to continue its work in three key areas:
- Access to Professions
A programme to support young people into ambitious and transforming careers, which builds on learning and achievements. Supporting young people into careers in architecture, growing into a widening spectrum of careers – from law, finance and the media through to medicine, policing and technology. It provides very practical ways to overcome barriers to the boardroom and career progression.
- Voice for Transformation
This programme includes:
- An annual memorial lecture series to provide a high profile platform for sector leading debate. The series will include lectures on architecture, criminal justice and education.
- SLIK is a youth-led peer development national e-newsletter / web news source. It publishes the views of young people across a range of social and political topics. SLIK Presents are planning a series of events in order to bring young people into debates.
- Work with Police Crime Commissioners to ensure that they have good race equality practice and fair community policing on their agenda. This is to ensure that the lessons of Macpherson are understood, learned from and implemented.
- Community Programme
These are programmes delivered at the Stephen Lawrence Centre to support local people into work through direct employability activities as well as softer skill development. For example:
- Smarter Communities is a holistic, community focussed programme aimed at improving the skills of local residents, connecting people through events at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, and empowering local third sector organisations to deliver their services effectively
- Peer employability training programme for young people aged 16-24, which places young people at the heart of developing and delivering an employability programme.