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Find out how you can help War Child by visiting the War Child UK site

War Child was founded in 1993 by filmmaker Bill Leeson and writer David Wilson in response to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, specifically to the plight of children they encountered while filming in the region. In 20 years the charity has gone from a small organisation run out of a sitting room, to an international charity that today works in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Iraq, Syria and Uganda.

The support of the world’s leading artists and musicians has directly raised the funds and awareness to support children whose lives have been torn apart by war. Music has helped save and change the lives of over 800,000 children in the world’s most war-torn countries, children who otherwise would have been forgotten.

Featuring dozens of unseen photographs by iconic photographers, such as Mary McCartney and Tom Stoddart, this exhibition offers backstage glimpses of the impressive ensembles of talent that have come together for this cause. Original album artwork are displayed alongside video footage of the marathon recording session for the BRIT award-winning album ‘Help.’ The exhibition also highlights the amazing support work with the children of war torn regions, made possible by these relationships.

The Auction

To mark the collaboration between War Child, musicians, artists and fans, exclusive items from the exhibition were auctioned off to support both War Child and Britain’s Museum of Popular Music.

You can see photos from the auction on 30 April here.


Photos from the opening night of 20 Years of War Child



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