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World Refugee Day 2003: Switzerland
World Refugee Day, 20 June 2003
UNHCR opened the doors to its headquarters in Geneva for a classical music concert that raised 200,000 Swiss francs for educational projects in Sierra Leone's Largo camp and Tanzania's Kasulu camp.
More than 500 people were treated to performances by two philharmonic orchestras and renowned Swiss mezzo-soprano Brigitte Balleys, as well as a live webcam/Internet link with Swiss aid workers in Largo camp.
The event was graced by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Adel Imam, and unfolded against the backdrop of an art exhibition by Cambodian artist Kosal. A painting by Kosal was chosen as the frontispiece for publicity materials for this year's World Refugee Day.
Other celebrations included a June 18 Concert for Peace and Reconciliation, featuring refugee bands from Burundi, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville, held during a day of special events celebrating Geneva's new Stade de la Praille.
Across Switzerland and Liechtenstein, more than 50 public buildings as well as Geneva's celebrated fountain, the Jet d'Eau, were lit up in UN blue.