One world concert, with everyone at home.
A virtual concert 'brought together' a hundred artists from around the world to thank the health workers on the front lines of the coronavirus health crisis.
Initiated by the singer Lady Gaga, the "One World: Together At Home" virtual world concert is supported by the Global Citizen movement, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The party started with a streamed pre-show, during which a fundraising event took place ( close to $130 million in pledges). Then it was on to the concert.
Taking part in a concert from the comfort of your sofa, with artists confined to the intimacy of their living rooms, was the gamble laid down by Lady Gaga, and around one hundred artists took up the challenge. The big names involved included the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.
And among those big names was our own Angèle. Even though it said France next to her name (because that's where she currently lives), she is still a proud Belgian. She sang "Balance ton quoi". "Please spread love, not the virus," she said to the millions behind their screens. "A huge thank you to all those who risk their lives every day for us," she concluded. Call your loved ones as much as you can and stay as positive as possible."
Actor Samuel L. Jackson conveyed Global Citizen's congratulations to Belgium, as well as to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway, who have been described as champions in the search for vaccines.