|Festivals such as Global Citizen Festival does not only provide fun and entertainment but also an avenue in promoting advocasies / Photo by Wikimedia Commons|
Festivals and music events are usually an avenue for people to have fun and enjoy live music. But the Global Citizen Festival proved that you could actually be entertained with festivals and at the same time advocate for something.
NBC News reported that for the past several years, the Global Citizen Festival calls upon world leaders to do their responsibilities in many key policy issues. This 2018, the festival aims to take an action in making sure that every child has an access to a quality education, people don’t suffer needlessly from preventable diseases, banning child marriage in the United States through implementing laws, ensuring that all people have access to clean drinking water and nutritious food, reducing the amount of single-use plastics that are used; prioritizing menstrual hygiene eliminating bail bond programs that unfairly target the poor, and many more.
This year, prominent artists such as The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monáe will be gracing the festival's stage. Artists Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness will be coming back as hosts in the event. In an interview, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness said, "We are thrilled to be returning for this year's Global Citizen Festival. It is important that we continue to work towards ending extreme poverty. On September 29, tens of thousands of Global Citizens will come together to celebrate being a part of this movement and the impact of their actions, and we cannot wait to be a part of it."
Moreover, singer John Legend expresses his support for Global Citizen because it helps in making people focus their attention on the issues that matter. He believed that all people should look at other human beings as brothers or sisters. And do whatever it takes to end extreme poverty to make life more livable.