Nobel Peace Prize Concert
The World Youth Choir opened the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert with O Fortuna, accompanied by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Next to perform was Bernhoft, the only Norwegian artist on the programme, who delighted the audience with the songs Cmon Talk and Stay with Me.
Tribute to womens role as peace-builders
For the past two years, the Peace Prize laureates have not been in attendance at the concert. However, this year all three prize-winners – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman – were present in Oslo Spektrum, seated with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Princess Märtha Louise and Mr Ari Behn, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland, and Director of the Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad.
On Saturday, President of Liberia Sirleaf, her compatriot peace activist Gbowee and Yemeni peace activist Karman received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 at a formal ceremony at Oslo City Hall for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for womens rights to full participation in peace-building work.
Tawakkol Karman is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize. She concluded her speech at the end of the concert by having the audience repeat after her: Together, together, we will build a new world together.
After the interval, Angelique Kidjo, Ms Gbowees choice of musical artist, had the audience on its feet, singing, clapping and dancing along to her song Afirika, as she wound her way through the spectators.
Other solo artists and bands included Sugarland, Miatta Fahnbulleh, David Gray, Janelle Monáe, Evanescence, Ahmed Fathi, Ellie Goulding and Jill Scott.
All of the performers joined the laureates and hosts on the stage to wrap up the concert with a rendition of Curtis Mayfields Move on Up.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.