Image credits: Trevor Stuurman
This year’s Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 boasted a stellar line-up. Held at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, the largest venue in South Africa, it featured performances by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin. Joining them were homegrown talents – South African rapper Sho Madjozi, Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage and Afrobeat star Wizkid – while Oprah Winfrey delivered a keynote address.
The much-anticipated event on December 2 was the culmination of Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 campaign. It set out to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and honour the legacy of the anti-apartheid leader in his centenary year.
Festival co-hosts Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker have took the organisation’s ethos to heart, creating a show with a conscience. Tickets were free and could be earned through participating in Global Citizen actions. This includes signing petitions in support of ending gender-based violence, urging businesses to invest in safe sanitation and calling for world leaders to address global inequality. Since 2012, 21.2 million actions have generated commitments from world leaders valued at US$37.9 billion, directly impacting the lives of more than 2 billion people. And those figures will continue to rise.
“Nelson Mandela deserves something special to mark his centenary,” Campbell told Vogue when the festival’s line-up was revealed in July. “I want the younger generation to know what he stood for and what he wanted to achieve. I’m honoured to be part of it all and blessed to have known such a wonderful human being for 20 years. He taught me so much – and some of it I’m still learning.”
With high-profile politicians, activists and musicians in attendance, it proved to be a show to remember. As the festival got underway, Vogue’s roving photographer Trevor Stuurman hits the streets of Johannesburg to capture the eclectic crowd’s best sartorial moments.