In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the fund-raising Global Citizen Festival has announced two star-studded concerts for 2022. Set to take place simultaneously in Manhattan, New York, and Accra, Ghana, the events on September 24 will bring together the world’s much-loved artists on stage. “It’s going to be a festival unlike any other,” read the announcement.
Its New York stop in Central Park will be hosted by Indian actor and Global Citizen ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and will see performances from Mariah Carey, Metallica, Charlie Puth, the Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía. The Accra concert in Black Star Square will have cause for double celebration as it also marks Ghana’s 65th Independence Day. Performers include H.E.R., Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Tems and Ghanaian artists Gyakie, Sarkodie, and Stonebwoy.
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“This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the African Union,” Hugh Evans, Global Citizen’s co-founder and CEO, told Variety. “This is an important moment for pan-Africanism. You know, Ghana is a beacon for the West African region and the continent, because the first liberated African nation is seen as the leading country in Africa for both democracy and economic growth. There’s this beautiful simpleness of the journey of the transatlantic slave trade, literally from the side of Black Star Square [where the Ghana concert will happen] through to Lady Liberty, connecting the two cities. Ghana is a symbol of African excellence, just as the city of New York stands for freedom and the values that we espouse at Global Citizen.”
Through the annual festival, Global Citizen raises funds and consciousness around extreme poverty and calls on world leaders to do their part in “empowering girls, closing the climate finance gap, alleviating the global food crisis, and relieving crushing debts.”