Global Citizen Live opening ceremony kicks off epic event to defend the planet and end poverty

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Saturday September 25, Citizen of the World LiveThe mission to unite the world to defend the planet and overcome poverty began with artists, activists and advocates around the world calling for change. BTS, Lorde, Femi Kuti and Alok have joined the call to action, broadcasting from distant locations – and Fugees have come together to perform for the first time in 15 years.

The countdown clock struck zero in Paris, the cameras went live, the lights came on and the unique 24-hour global broadcast Citizen of the World Live began with an inspiring opening ceremony.

The ceremony began with a bright red ring and a backdrop of the iconic Eiffel Tower, which set the Citizen of the World Live in Paris, France – the first stop on a 24 hour tour of global events broadcast on seven continents. The crowd received a warm welcome from actress and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas and French journalist Denis Brogniart as they took the stage to urge world leaders to join the mission to end poverty and defend the planet.

Before a fully masked, COVID-19-free audience, the hosts in Paris teased Elton John and Doja Cat’s upcoming performances and delivered messages of unity, highlighting the importance of climate action.

“As we all know, today’s world faces many challenges. A spiraling climate crisis, millions of people on the brink of famine and a pandemic that continues to expose harsh power inequalities, ”said Jonas, a strong advocate for vaccine equity. “But every problem has solutions and if we can just pick them up – if we dare believe those solutions are in our power – throughout this pandemic we’ve seen what we can accomplish when the world works together. “

The message spread across the Atlantic Ocean, as the hosts took it to the United States, where in New York City, actor Billy Porter and actress Rachel Brosnahan joined forces in Central Park, four hours away from welcoming 60,000 fully vaccinated people. makers at the Great Lawn.

Brosnahan spoke about COVID-19 and how the pandemic has exacerbated – and rolled back progress on – issues such as global hunger, education and environmental protection.

“Global Citizen has been hosting a festival here in Central Park since 2012 – last year, of course, there was no concert – but we’re so happy to be able to safely come together for this year’s show.” , said New York host Porter, who is also LGBTQ +. activist and star of Pose. “There has never been more need for advocacy than there is now. ”

The hosts discussed the musicians and young activists lending their voices to the New York event before handing the broadcast back to London.

“What a spectacular spectacle we have here for you here in the UK tonight, adding to the strength of this once in a generation. We have artists like Kylie Minogue, we have Nile Rodgers and CHIC, and we have Duran Duran, ”said TV personality Roman Kemp from Sky Garden in London, England.

The ceremony continued in India, where in Mumbai, actor Anil Kapoor spoke about his country’s rich musical culture from the iconic Gateway of India arcade.

“For Citizen of the World Live, lending their voices here in Mumbai, you will see Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah, Amit Trivedi, Ajay-Atul and many more, ”Kapoor announced before shining the spotlight on Lagos.

In Lagos, Nigeria, at the New Afrika Shrine – a symbol of freedom and activism – lawyer and reality TV host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and actress and model Nancy Isime welcomed Citizen of the World Live to Africa.

The hosts addressed an audience of fully vaccinated frontline workers as their words sent cheers through the crowd.

“In parts of Latin America, Haiti, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, nearly 41 million people are on the brink of famine. It is unacceptable. So we ask you and you and you to join us and demand action from world leaders, ”Isime said.

The show returned to the United States, where in Los Angeles, actor Scott Evans counted 10 hours until the event at the Greek Theater.

“In California right now, like so many people around the world, we are experiencing the real-time effect of climate change. We know that action to keep our planet’s temperature rising to no more than 1.5 degrees is totally essential, ”said Evans. “And we’re going to make a lot of noise to make sure leaders know the time to act is now.”

Evans then presented the first performance of the evening, broadcast remotely from South Korea.

International K-pop sensations BTS performed their new song “Permission to Dance” from Sungnyemun Gate in Seoul.

“It is Citizen of the World Live“BTS said.” Welcome to South Korea! ”

Alok and Mapu Huni Kuin performed from a setting floating on a river in the Amazon rainforest.

“Much peace, love, joy and light,” Mapu said. “With the powers and the remedy of the forest, Huni Kuin speaks to humanity! Much light in your hearts!”

Alok was also joined by Yawanawá for a presentation of indigenous voices. Owerá (Kunumi MC) also took the stage with the Brazilian DJ.

“Together we can make a difference, defend the planet and end poverty,” said Alok. “I would like to dedicate this moment to all the citizens of the world who are on the front lines of fighting global warming. I am so honored to be a part of this global movement. And I know that we can change the world, from one action to the next. times.

Lorde made a special appearance with a four-piece band to sing “Solar Power” from her latest album and delivered a speech at the Golden Sun Center in New York City.

“It is an honor to be here today, amplifying the deeply important messages from citizens of the world,” Lorde said. “Changing environmental systems has to come from our biggest companies and our legislators, but the movement has always belonged to the people. May we all continue to ask questions about our world. And remember, the future is solar.

In Lagos, the afrobeat royalty Femi Kuti performed “Pà Pá Pà”.

“It is a great honor to play with Global Citizen in Lagos at the New Afrika Shrine, a place dedicated to my father Fela Anikulapo-Kuti to end corruption and inequality. This is exactly what we are doing tonight, amplifying the voices of those most affected by iniquity, poverty and disease. Sit down, let’s have a nice evening.

Back in New York City, Porter and Brosnahan presented the final performance of the Opening Ceremony.

Legendary hip-hop trio Fugees have come together to celebrate their 25th anniversary with Global Citizen. And with their performance of “Ready or Not”, Citizen of the world live, a moment of global action unique in a generation, began its 24 hour mission.

The Fugees reunite after 15 years for the opening ceremony of Global Citizen Live. | Image: Citizen of the World / Tyler Twins

You can listen to the entire show from anywhere in the world. Watch the feed on GlobalCitizen.org, YouTube and Twitter. Find out more about the broadcast here. And be sure to download our app for even more Citizen of the World Live content!


You can join the Global Citizen Live campaign to defend the planet and end poverty by act here, and be part of a movement led by citizens around the world who are taking action with governments, businesses and philanthropists to make a difference.

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