The long-awaited Global Citizen Festival happened yesterday in Mumbai. Crowds waited in anticipation to watch Jay-Z and Coldplay perform right before them. People started pulling in at the start of the day and were treated to a mesmerizing set of stars, from both Bollywood and Hollywood.
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra headed the day, by welcoming the grand crowd to the festival. They spoke words
to remind the crowd what Global Citizen stands for and how they aimed to bring about a change
Soulful performances by Arijit Singh and band, Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachan and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy were all prelude to the coming up performances.
Demi Lovato took to the stage for a 20-minute performance of her hit “Cool for the Summer” and many more.
A message from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was telecast via video, where he spoke of how “[he is] convinced that we can, and we will build a Swachh Bharat, free of all forms of filth within one generation. I also know that we will surely do so, the moment You decide to do so. Hence, I am deeply grateful for your walking shoulder to shoulder with me in this Cleanliness drive, and look forward to your continuing to do the same.”
Read the full transcript here.
Following this, Coldplay took the stage and marked a night to forever remember in the minds of those present.
Singing full sets of Fix You, Yellow and many more, Coldplay gave the crowd what they came for. And so much more.
Chris Martin joined A.R. Rahman to lend his vocals to ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’.
The night was declared a complete success by Global Citizen India, beaming with pride of how much they festival helped raise.
Global Citizen Festival India is a celebration of what our country is already doing, a powerful force to mobilize Indian youth and facilitate mass behavioral change, and a call to action for our leaders to do more to achieve sustainable and more inclusive growth.
In just two months, more than 5 lakh young Global Citizens (that’s 500,000 for westerners) in India took more than 20 lakh actions calling on political, faith and business leaders along with celebrities to be more accountable on education, gender equality, water and sanitation.
In response, leaders made 25 announcements and commitments through Global Citizen Festival India, which are set to affect 503 million lives through an investment of USD5.93 BILLION (40,500 crore).
Global Citizen India thanked the wild crowd and commended on the praise-worthy actions taken by the youth to help spread awareness and raise funds.