Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder are among the artists confirmed to take part at the next edition of the Global Citizen Festival, which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The Global Citizen Festival was launched in 2012 and is organised by the Global Poverty Project, a movement to end extreme poverty. The first Global Citizen Festival was held in New York in 2012 and featured performances by Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, John Legend, Band of Horses, K'naan, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
Last year’s event was held on the eve of the G20 Hamburg summit and was headlined by Coldplay, Shakira, and Herbert Grönemeyer.
This year’s festival will be held on 2 December at the FNB Stadium in Johennesburg. Entitled Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, the event will celebrate the life's work and lasting legacy of Nelson Mandela.
The lineup also includes Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Femi Kuti, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid and is set to be hosted by Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey will deliver the keynote address.
Mandela 100 is hoping to raise $1 billion for initiatives working to end hunger, increase access to good nutrition for adolescent girls, reduce HIV/AIDS transmission rates, advocate for quality education, provide funding for women’s health, ensure access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide and more.
Free tickets for the event can be earned by signing up through Global Citizen after 21 August. Previous attendees have earned their tickets by completion of various social actions in line with the organization's mission to help others as they aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
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