This coming Thursday, March 25th, Twitter users from all over the world will be participating in the second annual Twestival Global. The Twestival (or Twitter Festival) is a one day event where people in hundreds of cities gather to raise money for a particular cause. Last year’s Twestival raised more than US $250,000 for @charitywater. This year’s cause is the more than 72 million children who don’t have the opportunity to go to school. Funds will be divided among eight of @Concern Worldwide’s education projects: building schools, training teachers, school meals, health education, water for schools, education for girls, furnishing classrooms, and reaching the vulnerable. One hundred percent of the ticket sales and donations will go towards @Concern’s projects.
Paris will have its own Twestival gathering at Le 51, restaurant of the Cinématheque francaise, beginning at 19h00. There will be a raffle for a variety of prizes and a concert from Catherine Simonet. It’s sure to be a good time and a great way to meet other social media lovers in the area (though non-Twitter users are certainly welcome too). Tickets to attend are 5€ and a ticket for the raffle is an additional 5€. You can find more information by following @paristwestival or by checking out their site here.
For those who can’t make it Thursday night, there are plenty of other ways to participate. You can make a donation to the Paris Twestival at any time through the widget on their site and you can enter for a chance to win in the raffle even if you won’t be able to attend the event. Dismoioù, one of the sponsors of the Paris Twestival, has agreed to donate 1€ to @Concern for every tweet sent through their site or their iPhone app on the 25th. Twestival Global will also be live streaming as many of the events as possible throughout the day. Many of the artists, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, and other celebrities who use Twitter have donated items to the Twestival eBay auction, Auction 140. The auction is running from now until the 26th and there are a lot of amazing things to be won.
Whether or not you can make it to the event Thursday, Twestival is a great example of how major events can successfully be organized through Twitter, and how social media can be used for social good. For more information on all the ways you can get involved in Twestival Global, head on over to their main site or follow their tweets from @twestival.