UNESCO celebrates Africa Day through a special Resiliart #DontGoViral Debate and Concert to fight the infodemic through culture

When :

from Monday 25 May, 2020
to Monday 25 May, 2020

Type of event :

Special Event

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As part of the celebration of Africa Day, and in partnership with France 24 and the Innovation for Policy Foundation, UNESCO will host a special edition of ResiliArt, and host the debate #DontGoViral: Fighting the Infodemic Through Culture (1pm-1:45pm, UTC). A 45-minute concert in confinement will follow the debate (1:45pm-2:30pm UTC).

The debate will focus on the #DontGoViral Campaign, launched by UNESCO in partnership with the i4Policy Foundation to mobilize creators and innovators to crowdsource creative content, and addresses the urgent need for culturally relevant openly licensed information in African languages to inform communities, in their own languages, about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat the “infodemic” spreading disinformation and misinformation about the virus.

The debate will focus on the role of artists in fighting disinformation and misinformation, the pandemic’s impact on cultural industries, and on the challenges facing the sector in view of the digital transformation underway. Moderated by the journalist Valériane Gauthier of France 24, the debate will be webcast by UNESCO, WAN and France 24.

The debate will feature Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Neila Tazi (Morocco), Danny Lee (Niger), Siti Amina (Zanzibar, Tanzania), Kareytse Fotso (Cameroun), and Zolani Mahola (South Africa), with surprise special guests.

A 45-minute concert in confinement will follow the debate (1:45pm-2:30pm UTC), featuring prominent African artists including Bobi Wine and Spice Diana (Uganda), Oumou Sangare (Mali), Les Freres Smith and Seun Kuti (Nigeria), Youssou N’dour, Didier Awadi, and Sahad Sarr (Senegal), Mr. Leo (Cameroun), DJ Kedjevara and Revolution Groupe (Cote d’Ivoire), Djanny Pacha (DRC), Fafa Ruffino (Benin), Siti Amina (Zanzibar, Tanzania), Pam Luster (Burkina Faso), Danny Lee (Niger) and Marcus Miller (USA), among others.

The concert will also feature the new release of a new song of the #DontGoViral Campaign ““Zero Corona” by the Collective Africa Zero Corona, with more than 20 African artists from more than 6 countries, and a remix of UNESCO’s #DontGoViral playlist by African American DJ Flex.

The debate and concert are part of UNESCO’s Celebration of Africa Day, and the Worldwide Afro Network’s day-long celebration under the patronage of UNESCO in partnership with the African Union of Broadcasting.