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Mariah Carey, Dua Lipa, Tom Jones, and The Struts to Perform at the 26th amfAR Gala Cannes

Chris Tucker to Host

Presented by Chopard, JOLLYONE, and Young Merry Real International Group

New York, NY, May 16, 2019—Global superstar, Mariah Carey, Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter, Dua Lipa, legendary singer, Tom Jones, and British rock band, The Struts, are all confirmed to perform at amfAR’s Cannes gala on May 23 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Actor and comedian, Chris Tucker will serve as host for the evening. Pedro Almodóvar, Alessandra Ambrosio, Willem Dafoe, Henry Golding, Lewis Hamilton, Elizabeth Hurley, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Karolina Kurkova, Rolando Lekaj, Yu Wenhong, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Natasha Poly, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Sylvester Stallone, amfAR Chairman of the Board William H. Roedy, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby are among the chairs of the 26th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned Cannes event, to be held during the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual star-studded gala is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to the musical performances and an exciting and unpredictable celebrity-filled live auction, the event will once again feature a fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter, Carine Roitfeld. The show will include one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty top models from around the world will participate in the spectacular We Can Be Heroes Collection runway presentation, featuring original designs by Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more. The show will be accessorized with High Jewelry by Chopard.

Chopard, JOLLYONE, and Young Merry Real International Groupare the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes.

Absolut Elyx, Kodiak Pictures, Nickel City Pictures, and Perrier-Jouët are the event’s Signature Sponsors.  

amfAR's annual  Cannes galas have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $220 million for amfAR’s lifesaving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by the end of 2020. Launched in 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused research efforts through strategic investments of $100 million. The cornerstone of the Countdown is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  

The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

Official Hashtag of the event:  #amfarcannes

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About amfAR: 

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $550 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.