Lisbon gears up for Rock in Rio

THOUSANDS OF euros raised from this year’s Rock in Rio-Lisboa music festival are to be donated to Portuguese children’s charities, it was announced last week.

One of the largest music festivals worldwide, the event will take place at the Bela Vista Park during the last weekend of May and the first weekend of June.

In 2004, it was proven that the Rock in Rio trademark was capable of being exported abroad with success, attracting huge names such as Britney Spears, Evanescence, Paul McCartney and Sting to Lisbon.

This year’s Rock in Rio, under its slogan of solidarity, peace, hope, optimism, respect and happiness, aims to help children’s institutions in Portugal with the co-operation of SIC Esperança. “During the first festival in Lisbon, we helped around 2,700 children the length and breadth of the country,” said Mercedes Balsemão, president of SIC Esperança, who added that SIC’s participation in the project was an honour.

Portuguese national team coach, Filipe Scolari, is to be the social ambassador of Rock in Rio, helping to co-ordinate the fundraising.