The Global Citizens Festival will back for the second time on September 28th in Central Park. According to the website, "The focus of this year’s festival is celebrating success and accelerating progress to a world without extreme poverty by 2030." The festival is timed around the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York.
This year's festival will be headlined by big name artists including Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer. Last year the festival booked Neil Young, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses, K'Naan, and attendees were treated to a surprise appearance by John Legend.
There are 60,000 tickets available for the festival, but only 6,000 can be purchased, according to USA Today. The rest will be available through a lottery. To enter the lottery, participants have to earn enough points on GlobalFestival.com. Points can be earned by completing different kinds of social actions including watching videos, signing petitions, and buying artist merchandise. Profits from the tickets that are sold will go to this year's charity, the Cotton On Foundation.
"We want to encourage people who got involved last year to continue to take their involvement to a whole new level," Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Poverty Project said to Billboard. "Our principle objective is to enable people to take action."
"We're asking world governments to commit and allocate at least 10% of their foreign aid budgets to basic education," he went on. "So on [GlobalFestival.com] you're going to be able to email and call the offices of these world leaders."
In addition to the show on the Great Lawn of Central Park, the concert will be live streamed from several "live sites" in cities across the globe. "We're going to live-stream the concert in public locations where thousands of people can see it on a big screen," Evans said. "And we'll have local performers at those live sites." Lineups for those concerts will be announced in the following weeks.
"Last year served as the stage for our nonprofit partners to announce a total of $1.3 billion in new fundraising commitments that will have a direct impact on the world's poor over the next fie years," Evans said. Last year the World Bank alone committed $500 million to educational efforts.
The major issues and themes of this year's festival are education, women's equality, global health and global partnerships. Find out what social actions you can do to help out and earn your free tickets here.