Countless times throughout history, we’ve witnessed the human race uniting to topple barriers and move toward a common objective. With a continent and a world divided, we need that unity now, more than ever. Rise Up as One is proof that human beings are still capable of striving toward a singular goal.
Rise Up as One demonstrates the influence of music in bridging cultural gaps. Powered by Univision Communications Inc., the Hispanic community’s primary broadcasting network, and Fusion Media Group, under which it operates as a subsidiary, some of the world’s most creative and inspiring minds have come together in order to make the festival possible. It will celebrate a turning point in what has, for some, been a lifelong pursuit, and will commemorate the progression towards diversity and acceptance.
The event will open on Friday, October 14, with a forum during which celebrities will discuss topics related to inclusion. The purpose will be to address issues relevant to the emerging generation and its shifting values, and to introduce new ideas about multicultural unity. Day two will feature a three-hour concert during which musical guests from a variety of backgrounds will share the stage.
Rise Up as One is about more than just music. It encompasses the fine arts and entertainment community, including fashion, film, and every other meaningful platforms that engage and unify all cultures. It will be an educational experience, first and foremost, featuring powerful commentary from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Selma Hayek, and Shonda Rimes. The growing list of celebrities is loaded with well-known names and faces, from actors and athletes to business giants such as Quincy Jones and Kenneth Cole.
The event will offer a fresh perspective that aims to counteract the negativity and divisiveness that continues to plague society. At its heart, underneath the red carpet-worthy guest list, it aims to shed light on the beauty that lives and breathes in every facet of human existence. Although details are still trickling in, we know by the individuals associated with the celebration that, if nothing else, it will not only be an important engagement, but also a memorable one.