Kacey Musgraves joins the likes of Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and others as headliner for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, December 2nd at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
Trevor Noah is confirmed to host the Festival and Dave Chappelle and Nomzamo Mbatha will join the lineup of co-hosts including Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
In conjunction with the Festival, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which is seen in over 110 countries, will produce a special episode featuring highlights from the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event. The episode will have its premiere in the United States on Monday, December 3rd at 11 pm ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on August 21st and can sign up at 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 marginalized 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.
The Festival will be the culmination of a six-months long campaign engaging Global Citizens around the world on seven Global Goals including poverty, zero hunger, health, education, girls and women, water and sanitation and life below water.
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 honor 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 totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.