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Conference of Dominique Lapierre next January 20th

01/01/06 The tickets for the conference offered by the French writer will have a symbolic price and the whole raising will be destined to the humanitarian campaigns in India.

01/01/06 The prestigious writer and journalist Dominique Lapierre (Paris, 1931), the author of international bestsellers such as “City of Joy”, “Is Paris Burning?” or “It Five past midnight in Bhopal”, will offer a conference next January 20th within the cycle of “Encounters with the Cathedral”, organised by the Santa Maria Cathedral Foundation. The talk will take place at the Conference Centre Europa at 20:00 hrs.

The French writer will be accompanied by his nephew Javier Moro, well known author of the book “It was five past midnight Bhopal” and also the recent best seller “Indian Passion”. The title chosen for the conference is “How can we make this world better”, by the author of “City of Joy”

Dominique Lapierre is one of the writers who has understood best the value of literature as a social conscience tool and cooperated with numerous humanitarian campaigns in India, to which he designates part of his author royalties and income deriving from the conferences he offers all around the world. For this reason and because of his solidarity and cultural nature, the Santa Maria Cathedral Foundation has decided to establish this conference with a symbolic price.

The talk will be held at the Conference Centre Europa and the tickets for the Francisco of Victoria Hall will cost three euros whilst the video-conference (Barandiarana and René Cassin Hall´s), two euros. Also a box will be installed at the Visitors Centre for any complimentary voluntary donations. All the money collected will be destined to humanitarian projects that Dominique Lapierre collaborates with.

The entrance fees are the same for all those who attend, there have been many requests despite not having announced the conference. In this sense and the fact that it is a charity act, the members of The Founders Circle will not have the benefit of any discount and neither will there be any protocol invitations reserved. People interested will be able to draw their tickets from 10 am onwards, Thursday 5th at Santa Maria´s Visitors Centre. As many tickets as desired can be withdrawn, although the Santa Maria Cathedral Foundation does request responsibility in their use, as a strong demand is expected.