Global Citizen Live
In spring 2021, with much of Sydney still locked down, the Opera House hosted the Australian chapter of a unique worldwide event. Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour broadcast featuring the likes of Billie Eilish, Elton John, Paul Simon, Jennifer Lopez and Ed Sheeran, was a once-in-a-generation day of unity calling on world leaders, philanthropists and corporations to defend the planet and defeat poverty.
Taking place on September 25-26, the marathon broadcast was part of Global Citizen’s year-long campaign to kickstart global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside participants in New York, Paris, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, London and Mumbai, Delta Goodrem represented Australia from the steps of the Opera House. Her performance, featuring special appearances by Hugh Jackman, Cathy Freeman and Celeste Barber, was framed against a sails lighting montage on both the eastern and western sides of the Opera House.
The livestream was watched by more than 95 million people worldwide. And the impact was clear: commitments of more than US$1.1 billion, 157 million trees and 60 million COVID-19 vaccines were announced during the event as a result of partnerships between government, philanthropy, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.
Check out Global Citizen Live 2021