Punk-pop superstar Avril Lavigne to perform at Special Olympics opening ceremony

The Canadian will play alongside DJ Paul Oakenfold, Despacito singer Luis Fonsi, and Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi at the event

Punk-pop superstar Avril Lavigne to perform at Special Olympics opening ceremony

We've already has one big gig announcement for Abu Dhabi this week, with Bastille coming to perform at Club Social.

And now, the sk8er girl herself, Avril Lavigne is coming to perform at the Special Olympics opening ceremony.

The event, which kicks off the biggest Special Olympics World Games ever, will take place on March 14.

Lavigne, who has sold more than 40 million records worldwide will headline the event, but also on the bill at Zayed Sports City Stadium are legendary British DJ Paul Oakenfold, Despacito hitmaker Luis Fonsi and regional superstars, Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny, Emirati Hussain Al Jassmi and Syrian artist Assala Nasri.

Lavigne is the perfect choice to open the huge event, as she started The Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010 to support young people living with serious illnesses or disability. In 2015 she released Fly, which was the theme for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

The event will be broadcast to millions of TV viewers around the globe on ESPN and here on Abu Dhabi TV, and 40,000 spectators in the stadium. While the event is Dhs100 to attend, the sports themselves are free.

Lavigne says: “I am so excited to come to Abu Dhabi. I have been working with the Special Olympics for a number of years and this will truly be an incredible experience performing at the largest and most unified Special Olympics World Games ever held. These athletes are so inspiring and they are a huge part of what we believe in and support through The Avril Lavigne Foundation. I want to shine a light on their courage and determination and I am honoured to have been invited to help support them.”

More than 7,500 athletes from more than 190 nations take part in the games.

They'll be cheered on by Special Olympics Global Ambassadors such as Didier Drogba, Michelle Kwan and Dikembe Mutombo.

The ceremony will also see the lighting of the cauldron that will officially mark the opening of the World Games when ‘the Flame of Hope’ arrives at Zayed Sports City stadium.

Dhs100. March 14, 4pm. Zayed Sports City Stadium, www.ticketmaster.ae.

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