Beyoncé And Jay-Z To Headline Global Citizen Festival In South Africa

A host of activists, stars and world leaders will head to South Africa in December for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival. The show will be the culmination of the Global Poverty Project’s Mandela 100 campaign, a series of international events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. Held at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on December 2, the festival aims to raise money to end extreme poverty by 2030 and encourage a new generation to follow in Mandela’s footsteps by campaigning for change.

The line-up of performers at the event will include Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and Usher. Vogue‘s August 2018 cover star Oprah Winfrey will attend to deliver a keynote address remembering Mandela, while contributing editor Naomi Campbell is serving as one of the event’s producers as well as hosting alongside Forest Whitaker, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King and Tyler Perry. “Nelson Mandela deserves something special to mark his centenary,” Campbell tells Vogue. “I want the younger generation to know what he stood for and what he wanted to achieve. I’m honoured to be part of it all, and blessed to have known such a wonderful human being for 20 years. He taught me so much – and some of it I’m still learning.”

Music fans can win free tickets to the festival from August 21 by signing up on and asking world leaders to make major investments to end global inequality. Donations will go towards increasing access to nutrition, ending tropical disease, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates and providing safe sanitation worldwide.

Global Citizens, the advocacy organisation behind the festival, has already secured over $2.9 billion this year to help benefit the lives of 500 million people by 2030. The Mandela 100 campaign seeks to mobilise a further $1 billion in commitments for the world’s poorest, with at least 50 percent of funds going towards bettering the lives of women and girls around the world.


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