Global Citizens Festival 2016: Stars Shine in Central Park for Fight to End Poverty
This past weekend more than 60,000 music fans and social activists gathered on the Great Lawn in Central park for the fifth Global Citizen Festival. MSNBC co-sponsored the event for the third consecutive year, thus continuing a partnership with the forward-thinking organization dedicated to ending global poverty by 2030. The celebratory concert featured public figures, actors, singers and politicians campaigning for a myriad of human rights issues championed by Global Citizen to assist those in need.
Saturday’s show capped off a three-month campaign that took a total of 1.3 million actions, leading to 44 commitments and announcements worth a total of $1.9 billion dollars in pledged donations. Global Citizen said that 199 million people will be impacted by this fundraising. From an environmental perspective, Global Citizen is actively dedicated to protecting the environment and providing clean, safe water and sanitation to communities without those luxuries.
Some of the highlights from the 2016 festival included:
Performances from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, who played hit song “King Kunta” to an enthusiastic crowd:
Businessman and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who called on young citizens to make sure to vote in the upcoming election:
Chris Martin, creative director of the event and lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, who covered Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” live. He even improvised a verse about Rihanna, the next performer, who was running a bit behind schedule:
There were also some fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with famous attendees and guests, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg:
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