The charitable ceremony, which will mark the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev, will take place on 30 March 2011 at London Royal Albert Hall.                                                                                      

The anniversary gala concert will unite many greatest artists of East and West. The unique duets and performances will be accompanied by London Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of the evening Mr Gorbachev will honour people who have “Changed the World” in a unique awards ceremony.

Appearing on the red carpet: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shimon Peres, John Major, David Miliband, Michel Rocard, Catherine Deneuve, Milla Jovovich, Charles Spencer, Haruki Murakami, George Schultz, Ted Turner, Danielle Mitterrand, Federico Mayor Zaragoza and many others.
Some of the performers of the gala include: Paul Anka, Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Andrey Gavrilov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Igor Krutoi, “The Scorpions”, Bryan Ferry, ex-“Spice Girls” Melanie C, Andrey Makarevich and “Mashina Vremeni”, Lara Fabian, Milla Jovovich and the London Symphony Orchestra directed by maestro Valery Gergiev.

Hosts of the evening: Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey

The celebration of the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev is based on the concept of uniting the formats of gala concert and traditional award ceremony. It consists of two acts with 20 min. interval and includes following parts:
Ceremony begins with video prologue about the hero of the evening with congratulatory messages from political leaders, such as Dmitri Medvedev and Bill Clinton, and world famous artists, such as Sting and Bono, as well as fragments of the most important moments of Mikhail Gorbachev’s life and political and social activity.
Special guests of the evening, notable social and political figures, to name M.S. Gorbachev (Russia),Arnold Schwarzenegger (USA), John Major (UK), Shimon Peres (State of Israel), Catherine Deneuve (France) and Irirna Gorbacheva (Russia) will hold speeches.
Musical introduction and most of the musical performances will be accompanied by London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Valery Gergiev. Classical compositions, performed by pianist Andrey Gavrilov, vocalists Dmitri Khvorostovski and Catherine Jenkins, and popular modern compositions, performed by “The Scorpions”, Andrey Makarevich, Shirley Bassey, Igor Krutoi and Lara Fabian, Melanie C, Bryan Ferry and Paul Anka, will also be accompanied by LSO.
Special musical dedication to Raisa Gorbacheva ”Letters” performed by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The unique award «The Man Who Changed the World»
 Mikhail Gorbachev’s awards will be given to those people, whose colossal contribution to the development of the world community, culture, social science and technology goes far beyond the concept of existing awards. The award regulations allow it to avoid competition with any other international awards and to focus on the vital endeavours which change our world for the better.