Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Cassper Nyovest and more on the Global Citizen lineup!

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Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 to be held in Johannesburg, headlined by a free-ticketed concert to celebrate the centenary year of Nelson Mandela.

It aims to honour his legacy in the fight to end extreme poverty. Activists and music fans can earn an entry by taking action on health and nutrition, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, and the criminalization of poverty.

International advocacy organisation GlobalCitizen today announced that Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and
Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The December event is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Hosts of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela100 include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.

Nelson Mandela famously called for this generation to realise an end to extreme poverty in one of his last public speeches, and Global Citizen has campaigned on this message with activist-driven events in Vancouver, London, Brussels, and at the upcoming 2018 Global Citizen Festival to be held in New York’s Central Park on 29 September.

Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on August 21st and can sign up today at Global Citizen, 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 worldwide.

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.

Hugh Evans, Global Citizen, Co-Founder and CEO

Nelson Mandela taught South Africans and the world so much about how to challenge our leaders and change the future. I’m inspired to join Global Citizen and celebrate his legacy. Viva Mandela!"

Cassper Nyovest

Thirteen years ago, Nelson Mandela called on us to be the 'great generation' that would end extreme poverty, injustice and inequality. Today, I'm proud to join the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa as we answer his call and continue the fight for a more just and equitable world for all.


I’m really looking forward to playing the Global Citizen Festival and paying tribute to Nelson Mandela who has inspired so many to fight for what they believe in. It should be a great day.

Ed Sheeran

It is such an honour to be given the chance to head to South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela's incomparable legacy. He showed an entire generation what it means to be a leader and make a difference for the world's poor. I'm so grateful that this event will serve as a reminder of his great work and inspire us all to carry on in his name.

Eddie Vedder

Nelson Mandela believed in people's potential for goodness, and inner potential to change things for the better, for each other and for ourselves he believed that poverty and injustice were man-made problems, that we could solve together. One hundred years on from his birthday, this year's roving Global Citizen Festival will be held in his honour - in Johannesburg on December 2nd. It has been such a pleasure to put together, and all of the artists have been amazing to work with, perhaps because this is a chance for us to show that we all believe in the same things he did: love, acceptance and forgiveness.

Chris Martin

Without the sacrifices of great South Africans like Nelson Mandela, I wouldn’t be able to live the life I lead today. Performing at the Global Citizen Festival is a small tribute to his legacy and I cannot wait to take the stage in December.

Sho Madjozi

Nelson Mandela was a visionary, and South Africa continues to represent his revolutionary spirit. It is an honour to celebrate his legacy while coming together to change the world for millions more.

Tyler Perry

A number of world leaders will address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural
Development, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Board Director of The Power of Nutrition, and Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Starting today, music fans and activists can sign up at www.globalcitizen.org.za to be among the first to be notified of the action journey launch. Actions include emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Festival will be the culmination of a six-months-long campaign engaging Global Citizens around the world on seven Global Goals:

POVERTY: (GlobalGoal 1): End all forms of poverty everywhere.

ZERO HUNGER(Global Goal 2): End all forms of hunger and malnutrition

HEALTH (GlobalGoal 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

EDUCATION (GlobalGoal 4): Ensure every child has access to a quality education.

GIRLS & WOMEN(Global Goal 5): End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere to ensure that #SheIsEqual

WATER &SANITATION (Global Goal 6): Ensure everyone has access to clean water and sanitation

LIFE BELOW WATER (Global Goal 14): addressing the threat plastic pollution poses to the oceans.

Global Citizen is proud to join forces with the most forward thinking and innovative organizations committed to the
mission and movement of ending extreme poverty.

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be presented by our Major Partner The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Big Concerts, House of Mandela, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and Associate Partner, HP.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. The organization has taken its action-based model to Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Canada, and created a platform for activists to learn about the issues they care most about, take action, and earn
rewards for doing so.

Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totalling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.

We are delighted to be a strategic partner with our friends at Global Citizen in celebrating the centennial year of Nelson Mandela.

Ivy McGregor, Director of VIP, Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for Parkwood Entertainment

The company was founded by Beyoncé which houses her BeyGOOD initiative

As part of this global collaborative, it is an opportunity to focus on the power of unity and ingenuity to change our world. We live by Mr. Mandela’s words, ‘We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Ivy McGregor

It's an honour to take part in Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 and use my platform to shine a light on the world's most important issues. I look forward to celebrating Nelson Mandela's legacy and standing with global citizens around the world who want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Forest Whitaker

For more information on how to join the movement, please visit www.globalcitizen.org.za and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, using #BeTheGeneration



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