Novi Sad, Aug 7th 2020.: EXIT festival in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is launching the next step of Life Stream Project to galvanize efforts towards the COVID-19 response to alleviate the suffering of millions who have lost their livelihoods to the pandemic and are falling deeper into hunger. The Life Stream Project brings together world-class acts who will perform at the Petrovaradin Fortress, where EXIT festival takes place, for a million-strong online audience from September 3rd to 6th.
As coronavirus cases soar globally, the pandemic is compounding problems and multiplying misery, especially for those on the frontlines of climate change battling frequent drought, storms and floods that strain food production, exacerbate hunger and push people deeper into poverty.
With the pandemic set to push 270 million people into food insecurity before the end of 2020 – an 80 percent increase from 2019 – the impact will be the harshest for those who were already suffering.
“EXIT started as a youth movement for peace and freedom in Serbia and Balkans and social activism is still at the forefront of our activities. This year has been hard for all of us, but even in times like this, we must find the strength to do what we can to help those who are the most vulnerable” – said founder and CEO of EXIT Dušan Kovačević.
More information about the Life Stream Project
Life stream has been launched last year together with the Green R:evolution as EXIT’s biggest environmental project to this day in which the Government of Serbia committed to planting almost billion trees increasing the country’s forestation rate up to 50%. The partnership with WFP broadens the scope of the project highlighting two important causes, ending hunger and building resilience for communities in the face of climate change, that have become even more urgent in the light of COVID-19.
Life Stream will be a four-day long festival where performances will be broadcasted from the legendary EXIT Dance Arena. The festival will feature the global and regional acts with videos drawing attention to the environment and the looming hunger crisis. Festival will also promote tourist attractions of Serbia and the city of Novi Sad, home of the EXIT festival. In addition to the music festival, an international panel will discuss key issues around the unfolding pandemic as well as highlight the cooperation between WFP and EXIT.
This year’s project is an introduction to a broader cooperation in 2021, which will mark two important anniversaries, 60 years of WFP and the 20th anniversary of the EXIT festival. Next year’s festival will feature performances by some of the biggest global stars such as David Guetta, DJ Snake, Tyga, Eric Prydz, and many more.
ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In 2019, WFP assisted nearly 100 million people in over 80 countries.
WFP not only provides food assistance to communities affected by climate-related disasters, but also helps them become more resilient to extreme weather events.
In light of the current situation, WFP has made an urgent appeal for USD 4.9 billion which will enable it to provide food assistance to as many as 138 million vulnerable people before the end of the year. This would also be the largest mobilization in the entire history of the organization.
ABOUT EXIT FESTIVAL EXIT Festival was established in 2000 in University Park as a student movement for the fight for peace and freedom, both in Serbia and in the Balkans. Over the past 20 years, it has grown into one of the most eminent music festivals in the world, bringing to Novi Sad, its venue, as many as two Best European Festival titles won for 2013 and 2017. The Festival is organized at one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Social responsibility remains one of the key aspects of the Festival through the work of the EXIT Foundation, whose social activism is focused on youth development and peace promotion, creative industries, environmental protection and destination branding.