Bethany Mota and Rachel Platten to Join Bill Nye as 2017 Ideas Series Speakers During Fifth-Annual Life is Beautiful Festival

Bethany Mota and Rachel Platten to Join Bill Nye as 2017 Ideas Series Speakers During Fifth-Annual Life is Beautiful Festival
Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
will officially welcome long time UNICEF Supporter, YouTube sensation and author Bethany Mota as well as singer-activist Rachel Platten and PBS Children’s Bill Nye the Science Guy during the 2017 Ideas Series

Supporting the festival’s overall mission of positivity and acceptance, the Ideas Series will continue its legacy of inspiring and educating festival attendees with thought-provoking presentations with an engaging lineup of speakers, Sept. 22-24.

“In a time where we are constantly bombarded with news of ugliness, divisive rhetoric, hate and ignorance, Life is Beautiful creates an environment of tolerance and acceptance, where conversations are sparked and positivity prevails,” said Justin Weniger, CEO of Life is Beautiful. “Every year, the Ideas Series speakers play an important role in creating the festival’s sense of unity by connecting with attendees and sharing their personal experiences, knowledge and world views.”

Making a global impact, a portion of sales from all hotel rooms booked through Life is Beautiful’s partnership with Hotels For Hope will benefit UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

2017 Life is Beautiful Idea Series Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 22

A true crowd favorite, Bill Nye returns to Life is Beautiful to awe guests with his witty, insightful teachings. Popularly recognized as the host of PBS Children’s, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the multi-talented educator travels the globe to communicate the importance of science and space exploration. Nye has seen ample success in his career this year with the release of his latest book, “Everything All at Once,” and Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Saturday, Sept. 23

Named one of the most influential people in entertainment by TIME Magazine, digital luminary, author, designer and entrepreneur Bethany Mota will bring her international message of inspiration and motivation to Life Is Beautiful. A vocal advocate of social causes, Mota’s collaboration with UNICEF and PACER National Bullying Prevention Center places her at the forefront of timely teen conversations, serving as an inspiration and role model to young women and men of all ages all over the world. Mota has gained a dedicated social media following of more than 27 million, with her YouTube videos boasting around two billion views. She continuously fuels her relevance with accolades such as the recent release of her book “Make Your Mind Up,” placing in the top four during season 19 of ABC’s hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” receiving three Teen Choice Awards, being named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” two years in a row, interviewing former President Obama after his State of the Union address, touring across the world with her top selling clothing line, and much more. Following her speech, she will connect with fans by hosting a book signing of her latest release “Make Your Mind Up.” Continuing to make a difference, Mota will be donating her appearance fee to UNICEF.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Known for her empowering anthems “Fight Song,” and “Stand by You,” multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist Rachel Platten is a social activist with a thirst for change. An ambassador for I Am That Girl, a charitable organization that aims to “shift girl culture,” Platten will share a message of self-worth and emotional well-being. She will also be donating her appearance fee to I Am That Girl. Exciting moments are on the horizon for the young artist, as she plans to release a powerful new album later this year.

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