By Sarah Weiss
World-renowned DJ Tiesto, along with Above and Beyond, Krewella, and Alvin Risk will headline the first-ever Thank You Festival, set to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on June 26. The D.C. area fest is presented by the Global Citizen movement in conjunction with the World Childhood Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about issues facing children worldwide and further efforts to protect them from disease, violence and abuse.
DJ Tiesto stated, “Through my work with the World Childhood Foundation, I’ve learned about the millions of kids who are battling abuse and even dying from diseases that have known cures. I hope all my fans will join me in working with these amazing organizations to help these children all around the world live and become healthy and strong so they can enjoy their childhoods.”
The Global Poverty Project introduced the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, which has featured renowned musical performers including Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the annual festival held at New York’s Central Park.
“To become a global citizen, we must extend our compassion beyond our borders,” says Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project. “The United States has played a pivotal role in leading child survival and protection efforts worldwide and this event celebrates that.”
Evans adds that the festival is also a chance to educate the younger generation and motivate our leaders to act. “The bottom line is increased investment in child survival initiatives could ensure that no child dies for the lack of a 30-cent vaccine,” he says.