Twestival NYC 2010

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This Thursday, New York’s New Media set, including Natasha Hafez, Rachel Sklar, Brooke Moreland, Soraya Darabi and Amanda Rose, will gather for what promises to be one of the largest philanthropy events organized through social media: Twestival 2010, which is part of the second annual Twestival Global – one day one cause all around the world.

The cause that brings these social media gurus together is Concern Worldwide, an organization founded in 1968 to assist people living in extreme poverty. The New York event is part of a network of Twestivals that will be doing good in over 300 cities worldwide (such as the one in San Francisco).

New York’s Twestival will be held at Good Units, a space that can hold 1000 + digerati. Some of the entertainment includes music by Mister Disco (@MisterDisco) and Shinobi Ninja (@ShinobiNinja),  a prize auction, and an origami demonstration by Sok Song. Guests will have a chance to add their signatures to Song’s creations before he folds out giant Twitter birds. What’s great about the festival, which is sponsored by PepsiCo, CNN and Pop Chips, among others, is that 100% of the proceeds will go to Concern Worldwide.

While Twestival is not connected to Twitter, co-founders “Biz, Ev and Jack” have been extremely supportive of the global movement, having promoted and attended some of the events last year, according to the Twestival founder Amanda Rose. By the way, Twitter just turned 4! (You can check out the Rumpus interview with Biz Stone here). Twestival raised $752k dollars last year for 136 charities. This year, for a $20 early bird ticket (which puts a child in school for two months), a little good goes a long way. Good Units. 353 W. 57th (bet. 8th &9th Ave.). 7:00pm – 11:00pm.


Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and Esquire.com. She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →