EXIT Festival in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, has launched 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.

Life Stream event brought together an impressive list of global and regional artists whose exclusive performances will draw the attention of the entire planet to a project implemented by EXIT in collaboration with the UN World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organization!

From September 3rd to 6th at the famous mts Dance Arena, which was set on a hill across from its original location, for the first and last time ever, the program was led by the biggest names of the world’s electronic scene, whose sets will be streamed online for millions of people around the world from 17th to 20th and from 24th to 27th September.

Live behind the DJ deck there was techno queen Charlotte de Witte and resident of Berghain Ben Klock and virtually, via a special screen, the king of electronic music, the famous Carl Cox, Grammy winner and multiple winner of the best DJ in the world title, Paul Van Dyk, one of today’s biggest DJ stars Nina Kraviz and adored Black Coffee. Along with them, Marcel Dettmann, Adam Beyer, Hot Since 82, DJ Tennis, Satori live, as well as super-popular hitmakers Ofenbach, Burak Yeter and Mahmut Orhan, and the young star Ece Ekren performed live at the Petrovaradin Fortress.

A special place in the lineup and on the Dance Arena stage was reserved for the exceptional talent of regional electronic grandmasters – Marko Nastić, Tijana T, Lag, Ilija Đoković, Coeus, Space Motion, and After Affair in a special back 2 back set with Kristijan Molnar, along with Divolly & Markward, Vantiz and Lady Lee.

In addition to the music festival, an international panel named “Conscious Music” was held, within the platform “Conscious R:Evolution”, which discussed the mission of the World Food Programme and EXIT Festival, as well as the goals of their partnership.

While the sets at Petrovaradin Fortress were witnessed by a limited audience, since only 250 tickets per day were on sale, the stream weekends will reach online fans all around the planet, who will be able to follow the program on EXIT Festival’s official website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on Life Stream website. Specially prepared recordings, along with exclusive performances, will feature the partnership between EXIT Festival and the United Nations World Food Programme, the largest global humanitarian organization fighting hunger, as well as numerous tourist and historical sights of Novi Sad and Serbia.

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 vulnerable.

Life Stream has been launched last year together with the Green R:Evolution as EXIT’s biggest environmental project to this day. 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.

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.

Established two decades ago on the foundations of social activism, EXIT has launched a number of socially responsible projects throughout its history, including the move to bring Standing Rock movement activists to the Main stage.

At Amsterdam Dance Event 2019 we launched the first ever Life Stream when the leading breakthrough DJ duo ARTBAT performed, along with some of the finest Balkan talents such as Andrew Meller, After Affair, Coeus and DJ Jock, followed by some of the most talked about acts at the moment, Juliet Fox, Any Mello and Abstraal.

Along with the Life Stream project, EXIT festival has launched the Green R:Evolution, a large environmental platform born in November 2019, with the main goal to mobilize the public and initiate mass reforestation in the country, region and world, with the aim of planting over one million trees in the upcoming years in Serbia alone! The first action was implemented in cooperation with the European Union Delegation in Serbia on November 23rd on Fruška gora, where the first 13.000 oak trees were planted! Also, The Government Working Group on Air Protection of the Republic of Serbia has adopted the initiative presented by the EXIT Foundation and environmental organizations aimed towards increasing the afforestation of our country from 28% to 40%!

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