We have several incredible people involved in the campaign performing music or "reading a bedtime story"
Bedtime Story - NYC
Hollywood star Will Smith will be appearing live in Times Square New York to read the participants a bedtime story. Will Smith will also be recording his story and a personal message which will be given in a VT to all participating events, including one that you can host yourself.
As an actor, producer and musician, two-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Will Smith has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television and multiplatinum records.
Smith’s vast filmography includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Concussion.” He has headlined an extraordinary list of films, including “Hitch,” “I am Legend,” “I, Robot,” “Independence Day,” “Men in Black I, II, and III” and “Suicide Squad". He can most recently be seen in Netflix's fantasy cop drama film “Bright", which streamed to a staggering 11 million viewers in its first three days on the platform. The movie has since been tapped for a sequel.
Next year, Smith will star in three films starting with Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” in the iconic role of the Genie, directed by Guy Ritchie and in theatres May 24, 2019. In the fall, he will lend his voice to 20th Century FOX Animation’s “Spies in Disguise” alongside Tom Holland. Smith recently wrapped production on Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” which will be out Fall of 2019.
He began his career as a musician selling millions of records worldwide before crossing over into television with the beloved “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In 1998 he and partner James Lassiter founded production and management company Overbrook Entertainment, which has produced numerous top film and television projects.
In addition to his artistic achievements, he founded the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation with his wife, Jada. WJSFF is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization committed to improving lives and investing in organizations and initiatives that empower traditionally overlooked communities.
Dame Helen Mirren
Bedtime Story - London
Dame Helen Mirren will be appearing live in Trafalgar Square London to read the participants a bedtime story. Dame Helen will also be recording her story and a personal message which will be given in a VT to all participating events, including one that you can host yourself.
Dame Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is one of the most well-known and respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen and television. She has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, most notably the Academy Award for the film The Queen.
In television she is known for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. During the ‘intermission’ from Prime Suspect Mirren starred in a number of award-winning US TV productions including Losing Chase, Ayn Rand and The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone.
She won an Emmy award for Best Actress for her performance in Elizabeth 1. and as the lawyer Linda Kenney Baden in Phil Spector with Al Pacino she won Best Actress at the SAG awards. Her most recent television is the epic Catherine The Great with Mirren in the title role for Sky/HBO due later this year
Mirren’s film career spans decades including the iconic The Long Good Friday, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Mirren was nominated for an Academy Award twice for Best Supporting Actress in The Madness Of King George and Gosford Park. Recent projects include, playing a British Colonel in the thriller Eye In The Sky about drone warfare, Collateral Beauty with Will Smith and a guest-starring role in Fast and Furious 8, The Leisure Seeker, Winchester & The Nutcracker And The Four realms. She has a number of films due for release including The Good Liar with Ian McKellen.
She was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship in 2014.
Mirren has had a long and varied stage career first starring in Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre and then working extensively with the RSC and also with Peter Brook’s theatre company. Most recently she reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the West End stage and Broadway in The Audience, to acclaimed reviews and winning an Olivier Award and a Tony Award respectively for Best Actress.
Helen Mirren was appointed Dame of the British Empire in 2003
World's Leading Musicians
Some of the World's leading musicians will be performing a headline stripped back acoustic set live across our official events participants. Billed as "Buskers" this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see globally iconic musicians perform rare stripped back performances. Full details of musicians supporting the campaign will be announced in the coming months.
What else is on?
appearing at events throughout the world
Many other A-list musicians, actors and notable figures will be announced to appear at events throughout the world
Throughout the world
All events will feature performances from genuine street musicians and buskers
The Voice of Lived Experience
People with lived experience of homelessness are involved in all aspects of the events.
We consult people with experience of homelessness on the organisation and messaging of the events. We also make ticket allocations available to many homeless charities throughout the world so that people who are currently homeless can attend and participate in the events. We also invite people with experience of homelessness or refugee status to share their stories on stage on the night. This can be extremely impactful for the participants in events and really educates us all to the reality of the situation.