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Global Philadelphia to Host 5th Annual World Heritage City Celebration with Star-Studded Virtual Benefit

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Event is Free to Watch & Honors Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Headliners Include Bacon Brothers, Lang Lang & Amanda Gorman, U.S. Youth Poet Laureate

International superstars, both established and new, and a series of local leaders will gather with the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) and hundreds of viewers for a virtual evening of joy on Thursday, Sept. 10 for the 2020 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration.  The event’s luminaries will commemorate five years of Philadelphia’s World Heritage City project, which highlights the global heritage and impact of the region, and give a special tribute to honoree Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a native of Canada and music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The event will be free to watch on Vimeo beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.  Interested viewers should register here for the link to the premiere.

Among those scheduled to appear and/or perform are Philadelphia’s own Kevin and Michael Bacon, together known as the Bacon Brothers band; internationally renowned classical pianist Lang Lang; the inaugural U.S. Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; Philadelphia native and Grammy Award-winning, soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator Jeff Bradshaw; Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Jonathan Lovitz; Stephen Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Global Affairs Canada; Nadine Girault, Quebec Minister of International Relations; Lee Minaidis, Acting Secretary General, Organization of World Heritage Cities; MSNBC’s Ali Velshi; 98.1 WOGL’s Marilyn Russell; and NBC10’s Vai Sikahema, who will emcee the event.

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“Our World Heritage City Celebration is about showcasing the diversity of our region, celebrating our differences, and highlighting the importance of our global connections,” said Robert J. McNeill, Global Philadelphia Board Chair and Greater Philadelphia Managing Partner for Deloitte. “Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin embodies that spirit.  He was hailed as a ‘wunderkind’ when named Philadelphia Orchestra music director in 2010 at age 35, and he has brought all of the charisma of that moniker to the city while building on the legacy of the Fabulous Philadelphians around the world and bringing international artists here, as well.”

According to Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director, Global Philadelphia Association, “Under normal circumstances, our World Heritage City Celebration has been the highly anticipated season opener to Philadelphia’s fall fundraising circuit with hundreds of guests gathered together for an evening gala.  For obvious reasons, we’ve reimagined our celebration this year, and the silver lining has been the generosity and excitement to participate that we’ve heard from so many of our special guest artists and speakers.  They understand how significant Philadelphia’s role is on the world stage, a point that is underscored by the incomparable Yannick Nézet-Séguin,” she said.

Teelucksingh added that viewers will be encouraged to donate to Global Philadelphia Association during the event in support of GPA’s initiatives, such as the organization’s work in this region toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals aimed at the issues of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.  Donors who give at various levels will be entered to win items such as Air Canada tickets, a trip to Greece, a two-night stay at The Westin Hotel Philadelphia, and an exclusive experience with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

For more information and to register for GPA’s 2020 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration, visit  https://globalphiladelphia.org/world-heritage-city-celebration.

About Global Philadelphia Association

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit our website at globalphiladelphia.org.

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