Hyde Park concert, children's assembly to mark Mandela's 90th
( dpa ) - Concerts in London's Hyde Park and Rio de Janeiro and a Southern African parliament of children are among the events planned to mark the 90th birthday this year of former South African president Nelson Mandela, his charities announced Wednesday.
Anti-apartheid icon Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail for resisting white minority rule before serving one term as president from 1994 to 1999, turns 90 on July 18.
Mandela will travel to London in June for a concert in Hyde Park in aid of his HIV/AIDS charity 46664, which takes its name from his old prisoner number.
The elderly statesman will also attend the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture on July 12 in Johannesburg, which is to be delivered by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
A further 46664 concert will be staged in Rio de Janeiro on December 1, World AIDS Day, the charity said, while the Nelson Mandela's Children Fund announced it would organize a children's parliament.
This year's birthday celebrations aim to celebrate Mandela's ideas rather than just the man, the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Achmat Dangor, said.
"We really think it is time for other people to take up the baton from him," Dangor said.