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Chris to perform at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg

Free-ticketed concert to celebrate centenary year of Nelson Mandela

Good morning. We’re very pleased to announce that Chris will perform at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The free-ticketed event will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, and will also feature Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid

Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on August 21st and can sign up today at, demanding world leaders make major investments to end extreme poverty and take a stand for women and girls.

Said Chris, who is the curator for the event: “Nelson Mandela believed in people’s potential for goodness, and inner potential to change things for the better, for each other and for ourselves. He believed that poverty and injustice were manmade problems that we could solve together. One hundred years on from his birthday, this year’s roving Global Citizen Festival will be held in his honour – in Johannesburg on December 2nd. It has been such a pleasure to put together, and all of the artists have been amazing to work with, perhaps because this is a chance for us to show that we all believe in the same things he did: love, acceptance and forgiveness.”

The “Mandela 100” campaign seeks to mobilise USD $1 billion in new commitments for the world’s most marginalised people, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide.

Executive Producers of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Dr. Precious Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, Kweku Mandela, Dave Holmes, Declan Kelly, Liza Henshaw and Hugh Evans.

“It’s a huge honour to be able to celebrate the legacy of this extraordinary man,” said Executive Producer (and Coldplay manager), Dave Holmes. “Like Nelson Mandela, Global Citizen has a passion for change. Our festival in Johannesburg in December will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s love and humanity, while allowing hundreds of thousands of people to raise their voices together to support our mission to end extreme poverty, discrimination and inequality around the world.”

Kweku Mandela said, “My grandfather instilled in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man made and could be eradicated by our actions – I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change.”