You could have heard a pin drop in the press conference this morning when Patrice Motsepe and Naomi Campbell announced the official line up for one of the worlds most highly anticipated concerts, The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 being held in Johannesburg this December.
In what would have been Tata Madiba’s 100th year, this concert is something really special, and follows the principals of getting the community involved in making change where they live – by helping to eradicate poverty, climate change and water and sanitation issues – basic services that should be supplied to everyone.
The festival will be Headlined by Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
“Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest examples of resistance, patience, and forgiveness that our world will ever know. It is our great honour to campaign in his name and answer his call to be the generation to end extreme poverty,” said Hugh Evans, Global Citizen, Co-Founder and CEO.
The event will be free – but citizens of the globe will need to ‘earn their place’ at the event, by getting involved – find out more below!
Besides the amazing performers there will also be a whole host of special guests including Oprah Winfrey who will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
Executive producers of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, Kweku Mandela, Dave Holmes, Declan Kelly, Liza Henshaw and Hugh Evans and hosts include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on August 21st and can sign up today at www.globalcitizen.org.za, demanding world leaders make major investments to end extreme poverty and take a stand for women and girls.
The “Mandela 100” campaign seeks to mobilize USD $1 billion in new commitments for the world’s most marginalised people, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation world wide.
Find out more online and make sure to register so that you too, can make a change…