• UNICEF UK President, Olivia Colman, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, UNICEF UK Ambassadors, James Nesbitt, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Izzard and UNICEF UK High-Profile Supporter, Sanjeev Bhaskar, join a host of attendees for the inaugural Blue Moon Gala
  • The star-studded, special event was a moment to reflect on UNICEF’s 75-year history and look ahead by raising £770,000 to help UNICEF continue its work for children around the world
  • More than 200 guests attended The Blue Moon Gala at Outernet London – a new district for culture and entertainment – with performances from Duran Duran and Arlo Parks

Thursday 9th December 2021: Stars of stage and screen joined more than 200 special guests at the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) inaugural Blue Moon Gala on Wednesday night, which took place at Outernet London. The celebration marked 75 years of UNICEF helping millions of children around the world to live, learn and grow with the night itself raising an astonishing £770,000 to support UNICEF in continuing its life-changing work for children around the world for the next 75 years and beyond.

Hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador, James Nesbitt, guests heard from UNICEF UK President, Olivia Colman, who gave an emotive opening speech, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, who spoke about the life changing work of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund. UNICEF UK Ambassador, Tom Hiddleston, galvanised the crowd for the main pledge moment with a speech about the transformative power of education for children, and UNICEF UK Ambassadors, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman took to the stage virtually and in-person respectively to give guests an insight into the epic The Long Way TV series and their experiences seeing UNICEF’s work in action along the way.

The star-studded event also welcomed UNICEF UK Ambassadors, Eddie Izzard and Jemima Khan, UNICEF UK High-Profile Supporters, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Cel Spellman, and UNICEF UK Supporters, Lily James, Jonah Hauer-King and Soccer Aid for UNICEF co-host, Alex Scott. Guests were treated to performances from new UNICEF UK Supporter, and double Grammy Award nominee, BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize winning singer Arlo Parks and iconic 80s band Duran Duran, who performed some old favourites and treated guests to tracks from their new album, FUTURE PAST.

Guests pledged their support at the evening’s live auction, with prize lots including UNICEF UK Ambassador Rita Ora’s sequined Miu Miu bodysuit as seen in her Rita Ora Live From the Eiffel Tower film, Andy Murray’s tennis racquet and lunch in London’s Bike Shed, hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador Charley Boorman and Long Way Up Producer/Director Russ Malkin, all contributing to the £770,000 total.

The very special event marks 75 years of UNICEF helping children around the world to live, learn and grow. Born in 1946 out of the ruins of World War Two, UNICEF has been an unstoppable force for change for millions of children and continues to support those facing unimaginable crises to this day – from confronting conflict, Covid-19 and climate change to the impact of devastating inequality.

The Blue Moon Gala took place at Outernet London, a major new immersive media, music and culture district in the heart of London’s West End, and home to the most advanced immersive space in the world. Staged within the centrepiece of Outernet, The Now Building features an immense digital canvas standing four stories high across 23,000 square feet of floor to ceiling, 360-degree, 16K screens, offering immersive digital experiences the likes of which have never been seen before.

Attendees were treated to a spectacular display, with a ceiling of sparkling stars, and the themed ‘Blue Moon’ gliding across the walls. UNICEF films and images were shown to guests on the extraordinary screens throughout the evening, highlighting the life-changing work that UNICEF has implemented for children and families around the world since its inception 75 years ago.

The relationship between Outernet and UNICEF will continue into 2022 as the district fully opens with details to be announced in the new year.

UNICEF UK President, Olivia Colman, said: “UNICEF has achieved so much over the past 75 years, supporting millions of children to fulfil their potential and transform their lives. I’m honoured to have attended The Blue Moon Gala this evening to reflect on all that UNICEF has achieved for children and families around the world, and to raise vital money to continue that amazing work.”

UNICEF UK Supporter, Arlo Parks, said: “Playing live at The Blue Moon Gala for UNICEF tonight has been an incredible privilege for me, and an amazing first experience in my new role as a UNICEF UK Supporter. The venue looked wonderful and singing for so many people who care deeply about supporting children and their families was a moment I won’t forget. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event, and I’m overjoyed that so much money was raised for such a brilliant cause.”

The money raised from tonight’s Blue Moon Gala will go towards helping UNICEF continue its work for children around the world for the next 75 years and beyond, responding to emergencies whenever and wherever disaster strikes, such as Afghanistan, Yemen, and the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

To find out more, visit unicef.org.uk.


Notes to Editors:

High-profile guests who attended the UNICEF UK Blue Moon Gala included:

  • Olivia Colman, UNICEF UK President
  • David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • James Nesbitt, UNICEF UK Ambassador
  • Tom Hiddleston, UNICEF UK Ambassador
  • Charley Boorman, UNICEF UK Ambassador
  • Jemima Khan, UNICEF UK Ambassador
  • Eddie Izzard, UNICEF UK Ambassador
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar, UNICEF UK High-Profile Supporter
  • Cel Spellman, UNICEF UK High-Profile Supporter
  • Alex Scott, UNICEF UK Supporter
  • Lily James, UNICEF UK Supporter
  • Jonah Hauer-King, UNICEF UK Supporter

 Please download images from The Blue Moon Gala here.

For more information about the Blue Moon Gala, please contact:

Charlotte Tromans, UNICEF UK, Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 1749, [email protected]

Rosie Lloyd, UNICEF UK, Tel: +44 20 737 56222, [email protected]


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work for children. We also promote and protect children’s rights in the UK and internationally. We are a UK charity, entirely funded by supporters.

United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), Registered Charity No. 1072612 (England & Wales), SC043677 (Scotland).

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