Smaller, more glitzy amfAR AIDS research gala returns to Cannes
ANTIBES, France, July 16 (Reuters) – Hollywood stars, music stars and models mingled at amfAR’s charity gala on the French Riviera on Friday, as the chic dinner and the auctions were back on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, thinning down due to the pandemic.
Actress and amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone hosts this year’s Star-studded Gala, with Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys set to perform for guests gathered to raise funds for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Organizers said this year’s gala, which will be held outdoors at Villa Eilenroc in Antibes, will be “an intimate affair with a limited number of guests, and will strictly adhere to all COVID-related health guidelines and protocols. 19 “.
The foundation said its usual guest list of 900 would be reduced to 400 and attendees would be asked to practice social distancing.
The event is one of the highlights of the Cannes festive circuit. Last year it was canceled, as was the film festival, due to the pandemic.
Among those in attendance on Friday were Cannes Film Festival director and jury chairman Spike Lee, Oscar-winning actress Regina King and “Lords of the Rings” actor Orlando Bloom.
French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld hosted a runway show for the event with designs as well as artwork and other luxury items up for auction overnight.
Reporting by Michaela Cabrera; Additional reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by David Gregorio
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