The Global Citizen Festival is unique! It’s the first free international festival in Ghana which aims to defeat poverty, demand equity and defend the planet. There are many other wonderful festivals such as Afrochella, and Afro Nation which promote African heritage. However, the global feel of this festival and the alignment of its goals with the UN’s SDGs make it different.
Ryan Gall and Hugh Evans founded the Global Citizen music festival in 2012. Since then, it has been held annually in various countries around the world. The festival’s organizers, Global Poverty Project and others, hope to make the festival “global” by live-streaming all events. Fans can also get free festival tickets by contributing to charity acts on the website including watching videos and signing petitions. According to Time Magazine, Global Citizen’s ticket distribution model in 2017 generated 1.6 million actions in two months. Equaling $3.2 billion in commitments and announcements for sustainable development and affecting 221 million people.
Isn’t that exciting? Imagine going to a festival to have fun with your friends knowing that you’re contributing to making the world a better place.
Global Citizen Festival Highlights
The festival was perfect, especially considering the fact that it was free. Apart from the thrilling performances by my favorite artists Gyakie, Black Sherif, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and Usher. There were surprise appearances by Tiwa Savage, Kwesi Artur, Oxlade and Yaw Tog. Which kept me dancing in my room all night long. The beauty in this is that the live stream of the festival on various social media platforms made it possible to enjoy the festival in the comfort of your home. People who live outside of Accra were not denied the pleasure of participating in the festival.
Another highlight of the evening was the presence of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo at the festival. Even though the festival participants did not duly welcome the president on stage, he carried on with his speech about promoting tourism in the motherland. The youth showed their frustration with the economic difficulties in Ghana in hopes that the president will pay heed to their outrage.
The mood is set for the rest of the year, come and join in the festivities!
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