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As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign, Stars for Darfur is hosted on the last day of the campaign. Falling on the International Human Rights Day, Stars for Darfur focuses on the engagement of our community, friends of Darfur, and features prominent individuals to commemorate the victims of genocide.

Since 2012, DWAG has put on an event with a silent auction, concert, and positive atmosphere to support the genocide victims, women empowerment, and raise funds to advance DWAG’s efforts. In the past, the event has taken place at Club Elevate; however, with the surge of COVID-19 and in accordance with CDC guidelines, the event was virtual this year. The Stars for Darfur campaign includes contacting influential individuals or celebrities that have a mass following and are outspoken when it comes to social justice, anti-genocide advocacy, women empowerment, and violence against women.

It is important that we continue making connections and engaging individuals beyond our established network to build a local, national, and global awareness of the situation in Darfur and the negligence of the Sudanese government to protect its own citizens from continued violence.

Concert: The concert will feature a group of returning musicians that stand in solidarity with refugees and victims from Darfur such as Italian singer Tony Espasito, Mark Kostabi, and Paul Kostabi. The concert will provide entertainment to those who attend the virtual event and bring
people around the world together in support of Darfur women and victims. Please note that tickets to attend will be set at $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event.

Silent Auction: Following the concert, there will be an art auction featuring Mark Kostabi’s and other artist’s work that has been donated to DWAG. Paintings and handmade crafts made by Sudanese women in Darfur camps will be up for bidding on the selected auction platform 1 . The artists and craftswomen have contributed their work to support DWAG’s efforts to advance human rights, women’s rights, and justice in Darfur as well as investing positively back into their respective communities around the world.

The Silent Auction is Open

Place a bid on one of the art pieces and make a donation


Tony Esposito

Tony Esposito is an Italian singer-songwriter and drummer who is best known for his Pop and Italo disco work. Esposito has been a musician since he was a teenager in Naples, Italy. He initially began playing percussions and has been active in the music scene since the early 1970s. Some of his first recordings were with artists like Don Cherry and Brian Auger. His first solo album was “Rosso Napoletano”, which was released in 1975. Esposito went on to receive the Nastro d’argento Award for the soundtrack of Lina Wertmuller’s film “Un complicato intrigo di donne vicoli e delitti” and has had a number of hit singles. His latest album was “Sentirai” which came out in 2011.

Paul Kostabi

Paul Kostabi is an American artist, musician, and music producer who has extensive experience in the music scene. Kostabi is most comfortable playing variations of rock’n roll and metal and has been in bands such as Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, and Psychtica. He currently plays in the group Kostabeats with Tony Esposito and Walter Schreifels. Paul Kostabi is also a well know visual artist with works being displayed in museums across America and in Italy.

Mark Kostabi

A veritable renaissance man, Mark Kostabi is a prominent painter, sculptor and composer. Brother to musician Paul Kostabi, Mark became a notable figure in the 1980s New York City art scene. His work was notably defined by the use of faceless figures. The figures often were used to provide commentary on current political, social, and psychological issues. Kostabi’s work has been featured in a number of notable museums across America and Europe. Kostabi has also released a number of albums such as “I Did It Steinway” and “Songs For Sumera”. He has even produced his own television show called the “Kostabi Show.”


Price: $10 in advance & $15 on the day of

Program Schedule

1:30PM – Google Meet & Facebook Livestream Begins

1:35PM – Introduction about 16 Days of Activism Campaign, International Day for Human Rights, and Stars for Darfur

1:50PM – Introduce Mark Kostabi

2:00PM – Mark’s Speech

Tour of Artwork

Mark will perform

2:30PM – Activate Silent Auction

Introduce Artwork & Donation Importance

2:45PM – Live Screening of  ‘Violence Against Women’ Documentary on Darfur

3:00PM – Introduce Tony Kostabi

Tony will perform

3:30PM – Closing Remarks

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