Press conference to introduce “Barcelona stands up to AIDS” | Fight AIDS Foundation

Press conference to introduce “Barcelona stands up to AIDS”


The Fight AIDS Foundation and the City Council of Barcelona have launched this morning the awareness campaign "Barcelona stands up to AIDS", with the attendance of Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, Dr. Bonaventura Clotet, president of the Fight AIDS Foundation, Miguel Bose, director of the Gala Sida Barcelona and ambassador of the Foundation, and Genoveva Casanova, Ambassador at the Gala.

"Barcelona stands up to AIDS" includes different actions: the campaign "Give your light against AIDS" (from November 18 to December 15), the 4th Gala Sida Barcelona, which is its main event (November 25) , and on December 1, World AIDS Day, the lighting of the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona and a closing party at Luz de Gas.

“Give your light against AIDS” campaign

The awareness campaign "Barcelona stands up to AIDS", organized by the Fight AIDS Foundation with the support of the City of Barcelona, celebrates its fourth edition with the aim to increase citizens' involvement. This year, in addition to the Gala and the lighting of buildings on December 1, citizens will be able to participate with red light messages. Thus, the slogan becomes "Give your light against AIDS".

"Give your light against AIDS" works with a Web application (WEB APP) , which will be uploaded from November 18. Everyone who wants to participate and help the fight against the disease, can create a message using "light". Each person chooses an own or default image and writes over it a word or symbol with a dash of red light. This composition is shared on social networks. The WEB APP allows users to place their messages on a world map (geolocation). When other people interact with messages, these relationships are also displayed on the map, forming a large network over many people and cities worldwide.

The campaign will start on November 18 with social networking activities and dissemination through the City Council of Barcelona media, and will last until December 15 . Once completed, all messages collected will be sent to UNAIDS , the European Parliament and the Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ) at the White House with a triple purpose: to show that people living with HIV are not alone, to remember that we can not lower our guard against AIDS and to claim support to research to find a definitive solution.


4th Gala Sida Barcelona

On Monday, November 25, the 4th Gala Sida Barcelona Gala will be held, for the first time at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC). As in previous years, the world of science, culture, business, civil society, entertainment and communication, will support the charity event that aims to raise funds for research projects in the field of HIV developed by the Fight AIDS Foundation. A lot of celebrities will attend the Gala: Tamara Falcó, Joaquín Cortés, Carolina Adriana Herrera, Boris Izaguirre, Laura Sánchez, Helen Lindes, Carlos Latre, Judith Mascó, Martina Klein, Àlex Corretja, Enrique Ponce, Paloma Cuevas, Gemma Mengual or Manel Fuentes, among others.

The Gala wants to be a reference in the fight against this disease worldwide with a renewed format. In research, networking is very common and the Foundation also wants to be connected with those organizations that perform AIDS galas in Europe , USA and South America such as amfAR in Sao Paulo and Cannes, Life Ball in Vienna, the Fondation Pierre Bergé in Paris and the Aid for Aids Foundation in New York. With this last, the Fight AIDS Foundation will sign a cooperation agreement on Monday, November 4, in New York..


Miguel Bosé & guests concert

After the Gala dinner, Miguel Bosé will offer a very special concert with the collaboration of different artists. This concert will take place at 23.30, also at the MNAC. It will be the first concert of Miguel Bosé after having received the Person of the Year title by the Latin Grammy Awards on 20 November in Las Vegas, which recognizes the professional and philanthropic work of the artist. With this concert at the Gala he will end his Papitwo tour. Tickets will be on sale on October 31 at 10am through Ticketmaster at a price of 150 euros (

Higher revenue each year

In 2012, the Gala Sida Barcelona earned a revenue of EUR 507 384 that have made it possible to carry out various projects:

  • Working on the development of a vaccine and immune recovery, with the design of a vaccine candidate to become therapeutic vaccine, and the study of factors that have an influence in the natural control of HIV infection.
  • Improving knowledge of how the virus works and could be attacked more effectively.
  • Studying the causes of premature aging in people living with HIV,  coinfections by the human papillomavirus and the hepatitis, and the adverse side effects of antiretroviral treatment, such as cardiovascular problems, kidney dysfunction, bone or neurocognitive toxicity .

Thanks to the largest dimension of the Gala Sida Barcelona 2013, this year it is expected to exceed last year's revenue. Dr. Bonaventura Clotet stressed that the Foundation needs more money to continue research, for example, in the detection of "collateral diseases related to the chronicity of AIDS". In the research of the vaccine 4 million euros are needed, which would allow scientists to test the efficacy in humans of a new model that has achieved very promising results in animals.

Lighting of buildings and closing party

The culmination of the "Barcelona stands up to AIDS" campaign will be on December 1, World AIDS Day, when the city will be stained in red with the lighting of its most emblematic buildings. 34 venues have confirmed their participation: the City Council, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, the Agbar Tower, Hotel W, the Liceu, the Palau de la Música, CaixaFòrum, MACBA, Arc de Triomphe, Casa Batlló, CosmoCaixa,, the Spanish Village, Lliure Theatre, or shopping centers such as Glories, Gran Via 2, Las Arenas and Pedralbes Centre. Barcelona will be, again, the city with more buildings illuminated in red.  A tourist bus route along most central lit buildings has been planned, leaving from the Sant Jaume Square to end at 19.30h at Luz de Gas, where there will be a closing party at 20.30.

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