Metallica, the Jonas Brothers, SZA and Usher are among the artists who will help the Global Citizen Festival mark its 10th anniversary with shows taking place in New York’s Central Park and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana on September 24. .
As always, the Global Citizen Festival will aim to encourage world leaders and businesses to commit billions to issues such as the climate crisis, food shortages and securing a better future for women and girls.
“I’ve been involved with Global Citizen now since 2016, so seven years now,” said Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who will host the New York show. Rolling stone. She adds, “I think the audience coming in is made up of people who know their power in the world, who have already taken action, who care about us and who want to help change the world. To be in a crowd of people who care so much – the energy is just electric.
The New York show will be headlined by Metallica, which hasn’t played in the city since 2017. Besides the Jonas Brothers, other performers on stage include Rosalía, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Måneskin. Meanwhile, the show in Ghana will not only feature Usher and SZA, but HER, Tems, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy. Tickets for both events are free and can be obtained through the Global Citizen website or app.
Along with all the performances, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said “there will be some big surprises” to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary at the New York show. He is also delighted to be taking the festival to West Africa for the first time, especially as 2022 marks the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the African Union.
“Ghana is honored to host this year’s edition of the Global Citizens’ Festival. I look forward to welcoming each of you to Accra, the capital of the country at the center of the world,” said the President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo. “Together, let’s join hands and help accelerate progress towards achieving the [sustainable development goals]. We owe it to the next generation to live in a world free from poverty, disease and environmental degradation. Now is the time to help change things. We must align our forces to make an impact in Africa and help end extreme poverty. I called on fellow African leaders to join me in September and help break down these systemic barriers that affect our people. Let us build solid foundations for future generations.
“Doing it live between the two cities on the same night, literally throwing from Black Star Square – which is the site that commemorates Ghana’s independence, as well as this power of Pan-Africanism – [to New York City] is really powerful,” he says. “It shows the symbolism of this transatlantic slave trade voyage and what New York represents with the Statue of Liberty, freedom and independence.”
In the 10 years since the launch of the Global Citizen Festival, Evans says the events have “generated more than $41 billion not just committed, but deployed around the world to support NGO partners and impact more than ‘a billion lives’. While that money has obviously done a lot of good, Evans and Chopra Jonas note the variety of issues plaguing the world that have yet to be addressed.
“The goal is really to call on world leaders to close the climate finance gap, alleviate the global food crisis, invest in growth and children, and basically end the crippling debt of developing countries,” said Chopra Jonas. “And then also help women and children around the world. As a woman who was raised by parents who gave me choices and opportunities, and who helped create an environment in which I thrived, I strongly believe that women who have not had the choice, who don’t know their rights – that’s a huge, important part of what Global Citizen does.
As Evans criticizes the “massive leadership deficit” around the world, he hopes there are ways to turn the tide and address these issues that will make a Global Citizen festival 10 years from now a little less urgent.
“I think success will be there when we close the climate finance gap. because it’s only a $10 billion gap — that’s not a lot of money for the international community,” he says. “And we need to invest in women and girls – $600 million needs to be deployed now because getting girls into school is the closest we have to a silver bullet for poverty reduction. We’re going to fix the climate finance gap, we’re going to make sure countries aren’t crushing debt, we’re going to make sure girls go to school and that Africa is back to being the breadbasket of the world it used to be. used to be.
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