Live music, a crowd and good vibes are essential at a music festival.
Taking music events a step beyond is Hugh Evans and the vision of the Global Citizen Festival.
The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music project featuring live performances. More than a celebration of music, though, it has the heftier goal of working with the Global Poverty Project to end extreme poverty by 2030.
The motivator behind the movement, Hugh Evans, reminded that in 2010 statistics concluded that 1.2 billion live in extreme poverty, and the Global Citizen Festival recognizes the need for businesses and government to come together at the table to create and apply solutions. Evans feels that providing a platform for businesses and leaders to be able to collaborate can help to eradicate senseless poverty.
Inspired at age 14, he went to the Philippines with an organization called World Vision. Guided by a child his own age he spent the night in a slum literally sleeping amongst garbage and cockroaches.
This is when he made the decision to be proactive in becoming part of the solution.
Evans stated that awareness and charity are moveable forces, but they are not enough. To make a true difference, people must take action.
Populations who live for less than $1.25 U.S. per day, which is widespread in underdeveloped areas like sub-Saharan Africa, portions of Latin America and Southeast Asia, are the targeted recipients of basic needs.
It is in places like these where reportedly 57 million children do not receive an education and 2.5 billion live in places without proper sanitation.
80% of tickets for the concert will be given away, but ticket-wishers have to do something to earn a spot. Those interested can win tickets by performing actions like becoming educated about relevant social issues, participation in petitions and communications with foreign leaders to proactively engage in conversations about social change.
60,000 people attended the event in 2013.
“Music transcends age, diversity, gender, geography. It unites and excites us…” Hugh Evans
Inspiring people who inspire change is one thing the world needs more of…and the music doesn’t hurt either.
Check out a video snippet, courtesy of CBS News, for more information.
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