Events, Music

New Speakers and Performers Announced for Lincoln Center’s Second Annual Global Exchange on September 15 and 16

Today, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts revealed additional speakers and performers participating in the second annual Lincoln Center Global Exchange on September 15 and 16 at Alice Tully Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room in New York City. The conference, on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly, will bring together world leaders and influencers to advance the power of “Art for Good” in meeting the critical challenges facing our world.

Expected to draw nearly 300 global leaders and change agents from business, government, education, media, science, and the arts, this invitation-only event will feature conversations and live performances showcasing and generating arts-based solutions. This year’s Global Exchange will focus on critical and topical themes: Art and Conflict, Art and the Environment, and the importance of philanthropy in the arts in activating meaningful solutions at these intersections. Art and Conflict will examine how we can use art to heal the wounds and divisions of conflict; Art and the Environment will investigate how we can use art to build a more sustainable world. Livestream is available for free to the public.

The conference program begins the morning of September 16 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room, and is designed to help leaders make new connections and create meaningful change long after the event. The day will feature keynote remarks, plenary sessions, and a series of interactive studios.

This year’s Global Exchange conference will feature addresses from Michael Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City, entrepreneur and philanthropic supporter of Lincoln Center’s digital tools; Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Additional distinguished speakers include President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband; Pakistani journalist and two-time Academy Award–winning filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; Italian tenor and founder of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Andrea Bocelli; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; Yemen’s first female rapper and women’s rights activist Amani Yahya; British film, television, and theater director Stephen Daldry; NPR’s Morning Edition host Renee Montagne; architect Thomas Heatherwick; Deputy Administrator of NASA Dava Newman; NASA astronaut Piers Sellers; visual artist Justin Guariglia; MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito; MIT professor and renowned composer Tod Machover; photographer Donna Ferrato; combat photographer and researcher Pete Muller; Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima; Executive Director, David Geffen Hall Campaign at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Vin Cipolla; President of Inter-American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno; and film and television producer and founder of FilmAid International Caroline Baron. Small group Studio Sessions will be presented by: MIT Media Lab, National Endowment for the Arts and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Google’s Jigsaw, The Nile Project, award-winning dance artist and conflict mediator Dana Caspersen, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur John Michael Schert, FilmAid International, Lincoln Center Education, and 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

On the evening of September 15, the Global Exchange will commence with a program of world-class performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall headlined by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and featuring leading artists from across five continents, whose work illuminates the Global Exchange’s themes. The program for the evening is slated to include the U.S. debut performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Voices of Haiti Children’s Choir; rapper, actor, and Hamilton Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs; legendary South African jazz musician and freedom fighter Hugh Masekela; pioneering performance artist and activist Laurie Anderson; Noureddin Khourchid, Al Nabolsy Ensemble, and the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus ensemble of Syria; British choreographer and dancer Aakash Odedra; and excerpts from the new Chinese installation opera Paradise Interrupted.

The Global Exchange is made possible by generous support from Founding Sponsor First Republic Bank.

Watch the September 16 performances and plenary sessions for free, live from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room at

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