OZY Fest causes a stir by utilizing promotional pic of International Citizen Competition


Music and tradition pageant OZY Fest — set to be headlined by John Legend and Miguel — has been busted selling the occasion by utilizing live performance photos that really present International Citizen Competition — which has been headlined by Beyoncé, Coldplay and Rihanna.

Now pageant organizers insist it was a mistake.

OZY Fest’s Fb web page has been pushing followers to its ticket-sale web site by posting an image of an enormous crowd sprawling throughout Central Park’s Nice Garden, the place OZY Fest is predicted to be held in July. The shot is captioned, “50 performers. four levels. Meals from 30 nations. 2 days. 100,000 individuals,” and hyperlinks to the OZY Fest web site.

Nonetheless, the image comes from final 12 months’s International Citizen Competition, which came about on the Nice Garden and was attended by some 60,000 followers. Final 12 months’s OZY Fest — the third annual occasion — was held within the park’s a lot smaller Rumsey Playfield.

Fans at Global Citizen Festival in 2018
Followers at International Citizen Competition in 2018AFP/Getty Pictures

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by sources near International Citizen. One informed us, “For nearly a decade, the International Citizen Competition has been a NYC staple drawing world leaders and the largest artists on the planet to carry out without cost for followers who’ve earned their tickets by supporting good causes.” However, “This 12 months, OZY Fest are holding a smaller occasion on the Nice Garden for the primary time — for revenue — and the organizers seem like ripping off International Citizen’s huge crowd pics in an try and hike up ticket costs.”

In accordance with its web site, International Citizen has “pushed over 22 million actions in help of ending excessive poverty, producing monetary commitments from governments and the non-public sector of virtually $40 billion for the world’s poor.”

An OZY Fest spokesperson informed us, “Like all energetic advertiser on social media, we’re operating plenty of totally different advertisements for OZY Fest — greater than 500. Certainly one of our staff members made a mistake, and we apologize. We love International Citizen Competition and the work they’re doing. And naturally, now we have plenty of nice images from the primary three years of our personal pageant.”