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Reliving the highlights of the Global Citizen Festival

Reliving the highlights of the Global Citizen Festival

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 4 December 2018

We take a look at some of the highlights from the Global Citizen Festival

Who can forget the day we got the announcement of Beyonce’s arrival to South Africa? That was the day that heralded in a period of fierce social activism and hundreds of hot takes about whether Bey and Jay would show up at all (never forget, Solange). A few months and thousands of tweets later, South Africa was treated to a star studded week of celebrities and dialogues all leading up to the big shindig on Sunday the 2nd of December.

Sure enough; Beyonce, Jay and the twins showed up to Lanseria (lucky are those who chose to fly in the middle of nowhere). Along with the Carters, Jo’burg saw Oprah and Gayle, Tyler Perry, Naomi Campbell, Usher, Pharrell and many others. The festival was a jam packed affair filled with speeches that made people nervous that they wouldn’t see Mrs Carter (we see you Oprah), pledges of billions of rands and… Amandala.

There were great performances (shout out Sho Madjozi and Cassper) and heartwarming speeches but most importantly, the crowd had a great time. Words can’t describe the feeling of the day but a picture says a thousand words. Let us relive the Global Citizen Festival using visuals.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2:  Beyonce performs with the Soweto Choir during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Trevor Stuurman/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 2: Beyonce performs with the Soweto Choir during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Trevor Stuurman/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2:  Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 2: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2:  Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Trevor Stuurman/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 2: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Trevor Stuurman/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2:  Beyonce performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 2: Beyonce performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Tiwa Savage performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Tiwa Savage

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Tiwa Savage performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Tiwa Savage

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  poses backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: poses backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Guests pose in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Guests pose in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Soweto Gospel Choir perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Soweto Gospel Choir

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Soweto Gospel Choir perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Soweto Gospel Choir

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Sho Madjozi performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Sho Madjozi

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Sho Madjozi performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Sho Madjozi

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Usher performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Usher

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Usher performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Usher

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02:  Anele Mdoda and Pearl Thusi speak on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Pearl Thusi; Anele Mdoda

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: Anele Mdoda and Pearl Thusi speak on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) *** Local Caption *** Pearl Thusi; Anele Mdoda