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Russell Brand to join Dalai Lama on stage

The comedian and actor will act as master of ceremonies when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people in Manchester today. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Dalai Lama will be joined on stage today by comedian Russell Brand as part of the Tibetan leader's UK tour.

Brand will act as master of ceremonies at Manchester Arena when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change.

His latest tour of Britain aims to spread the 76-year-old Buddhist's teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.

The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will present a Youth Compassion Award to a young person as part of this afternoon's event where tickets for under-25s are free.