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.
Life Stream will be a four-day long festival where performances will be broadcast from the legendary EXIT mts Dance Arena. The festival will feature the global and regional acts with videos drawing attention to environmental and the looming hunger crisis. Festival will also promote tourist attractions of Serbia and 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.
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, 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 Life Stream, EXIT festival has launched 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 Delegation of the European Union to Serbia on November 23 on Fruška gora, where the first 13.000 oak trees were planted! Also, The Government Working Group on Air Protection in 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%!