Promotional flyer for Global Festival 2012
Have you ever wanted to see Neil Young with Crazyhorse, the Foo Fighters AND The Black Keys, all on the same bill? How about for free? Well, not exactly, but all it will take is a good fight against poverty. Still interested?
Fans wanting to get in on the enticing action featured in this year’s Global Festival – scheduled for September 29 at New York City’s Central Park – will need to dig deep into that charitable part of their hearts as the only way to earn tickets towards the event will be by taking direct action in the fight against poverty. But fear not those of you who aren’t ready to sponge bath a hobo or two as this direct action against poverty can be done directly through the comfort of your home computer (sitting in your nice, warm, hobo-free condo) or via an app on that expensive smartphone of yours.
By going to globalfestival.com or by downloading the accompanying app, you can earn points awarded through various different activities that run along the lines of sharing certain information on social media, donating money towards charities or even signing a petition or two for a chance to earn one of 54,000 tickets up for grabs.
“The scale of things that they’re trying do just felt really cool, and we’re trying to get the ball rolling,” said Patrick Carney, The Black Keys’ drummer in an interview with the Associated Press. “Especially with everything that’s been going on for the last three years, I suppose, after the stock market crashed. There’s attention on the amount of people living below the poverty line and the disparity between the rich and the poor and everything that’s going on now ... . It just felt like the right time to do something.”
Organizer Hugh Evens sneakily made sure the concert coincided with the upcoming United Nations meeting in New York, stating that he hopes the “crescendo” of ambition leading up to the concert will raise awareness in world leaders of his masterful plot known as the “Global Poverty Project.” As part of the plan, Evans hopes to have his ticket-wanting minions perform 100,000 actions by September in order to help towards the goal of raising $500 million in “practical solutions” by strong-arming world leaders at the UN while in New York.
“I think what’s exciting is all the world leaders are going to be in town that week for the United Nations meeting,” Evans said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. “And this concert and the associated campaign will give us the opportunity to ask these world leaders to make practical and tangible monetary commitments to the world’s poor and to the achievement of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals.”
Those of you out there who would like to take part in the Global Poverty Project for a chance to win tickets for Global Festival 2012 can head over to the festival’s site at globalfestival.com for more information.