Artist as Activist: A Conversation and Lecture with Angélique Kidjo




The PAC, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian, Angélique Kidjo was named one of The Guardian’s 100 most inspiring women in the world, was the first woman to appear on Forbes’s list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa, and is included on the BBC’s list of Africa’s 50 most iconic figures.

In this talk, Angélique Kidjo discusses the responsibility of artists to use their platform for social justice, the many ways in which we can all give back, and the enormous impact each of us can make in the world.

As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo travels the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and human rights. In 2007, she founded the Batonga Foundation to provide secondary education for girls across Africa and empower the female leaders of tomorrow. From Fair Trade initiatives and curbing climate change to urging a ceasefire in war-torn Sudan, Kidjo has proven that artists can be the best agents for change with their unbound imagination and unique way of envisioning the world.

This event Artist As Activist: A Passion for Freedom and Social Justice is part of (T)HERE: A Global Festival of Arts, Culture & Ideas Celebrating Benin.

“I believe music is a language beyond the color of skin, country or culture. I want to inspire people to work to help educate, nourish and protect our children.” – Angélique Kidjo




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