Imagine being part of the world’s largest musical tribute for a global icon.
Join Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration, a series of charitable concerts held on one day across the world.
And, you can support his legacy. Liberate children from poverty through literacy. Play your part.
What do we do?
Mandela Concerts provides you, together with the rest of the world, an opportunity to celebrate a global icon’s 100th birthday. It will be the single largest musical tribute event in history delivered live in multiple host cities on the same day, the 18th July 2018, in support of liberating children from poverty through improved literacy.
Once one concert has finished, another will begin until the day is over. It’s ambitious, but to quote Mandela “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Mandela Concerts doesn’t stop there. We have a 10 year project plan to fund the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project via the Long Walk to Freedom Brand, sustaining his legacy of combating child literacy.
We’re currently busy making everything happen ensuring we have music artists, partners, sponsors, venues – the list goes on. We are actively seeking your support to make it the largest celebration the world has seen.
Who are we?
We’re an international team of talented individuals including direct lineage to Nelson Mandela, music professionals, financial services experts, political diplomats, entrepreneurs, and media and marketing gurus.
What brings us together is our passion to sustain Mandela’s legacy via his favourite medium – music.
Together, we’re helping shape children’s futures by facilitating access to education to reduce poverty. We’re offering you the chance to get involved.
- A global icon with a lifetime of achievements deserves to have a 100th birthday celebration. And, who doesn’t love a celebration?
- Literacy and numeracy is an ongoing global developmental issue and it’s more widespread than you think. We are driving forward Mandela’s legacy to raise child literacy and numeracy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness on an international scale.
The Literacy Project
Our work goes hand in hand with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals on poverty alleviation and we are driving efforts to reach an entire generation of children in the face of poverty. Since 2011, the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project has provided 100,000 South African children daily access to reading materials through containerised libraries.
On the 18th July 2018, we aim to raise millions to go towards:
- 100 new library units to the most vulnerable schools in South Africa
- 200 Toddler Trolley Library programme for South African children aged 5-6
- Developing a High School Skills Programme for implementation in 2021
- Launching the Digital Library and project team (currently undergoing testing)
- Creating a managed fund to provide security and operational costs of the programme
Over the course of 10 years,
- Expand the Digital Library to North African and Eastern European underprivileged communities
- Develop a Children Connectivity web system to link school communities worldwide to stimulate learning and encourage the importance of diversity and understanding different cultures
Celebrating the life of a global icon
An activist, political prisoner, president of South Africa, statesman and global icon of social justice.
1918Born Rolihlahla Mandela
1944Forms the African National Congress Youth League
1952Opens South Africa’s first black law practice with Oliver Tambo
1956Arrested with treason charges and acquitted in 1961
1962Sent to prison for incitement and leaving country without a passport
1963Appears in court for the Rivonia Trial
1964Sentenced for life
1990Released from prison
1993Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1994Elected as first president of a democratic South Africa
2003 - 08Mandela hosted the 46664 concerts
2008Launches the Children's Education Programme
2009Mandela Day launched in New York City with a Mandela Day concert on the 18th July
2009In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18th July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom
2011Mandela launched the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project
2013On the 5th December, the world loses an icon of significance for Human Rights
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