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Thousands of G20 activists will join Coldplay, Shakira and other artists at the Global Citizen Festival on Thursday, ahead of the Hamburg summit. The concert aims to draw attention to global poverty issues.

Thousands of G20 activists will join Coldplay, Shakira and other artists at the Global Citizen Festival on Thursday, ahead of the Hamburg summit. The concert aims to draw attention to global poverty issues.

On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, music stars from Germany and around the world will stage the Global Citizen Festival at the Barclaycard Arena, a concert to raise awareness for issues linked to global poverty.

Herbert Grönemeyer, Coldplay, Shakira, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding and Andreas Bourani are among the musicians set to take the stage. All of them will perform for free, and fans won’t have to pay admission.

Organized by Global Citizen, an organization co-founded by Australian Hugh Evans, and sponsored in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the concert is the latest in an annual series aimed at drawing attention to social issues, including access to health care, clean drinking water and women’s rights.

DW met with Evans and Carolin Albrecht of Global Citizen Germany to discuss their vision for the concert, to be held for the first time in Germany on Thursday.

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DW: What’s the idea behind this concert?

Hugh Evans: Our mission is to fight extreme poverty. We’re not a traditional charity. It’s a good idea to donate money to Oxfam, UNICEF, World Vision, Save the Children and other charities. But we don’t ask for your money, we only want you to act. Our aim is to promote a movement that persuades politicians to invest more money in the appropriate channels so that poverty can be eradicated.

What’s the connection between this idea and the Hamburg festival?

Global Citizen members can score for their actions. Once you have gained a certain number of scores, you can attend a Global Citizen Festival for free, among other things.

In other words, political commitment is rewarded by concerts. How does the scoring system work?

It all starts by downloading the app or registering on the website GlobalCitizen.org. That enables global citizens to score for each call, tweet, email, petition or meeting with political representatives – just about anything we can verify via the internet.

Can you mention some concrete examples?

In Germany, for example, global citizens can call up representatives of political parties that are currently represented in the German parliament, that is the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Left to get them to promise on the stage in Hamburg to invest more money in development aid.

How has the political scene reacted to the Hamburg festival?

We’ve already talked with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Within 48 hours, we received an answer. Trudeau will announce investments in health policy in Hamburg on Thursday. Macri will talk about the next G20 summit, to be held next year in Argentina. But I don’t really want to say more at this point.

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