Festivals are great. Festivals that promote social causes: even better.
Global Citizen Festival is so much more than a music festival- it’s a platform where pop culture influencers, like Shakira, Coldplay and Pharrell Williams share important social messages. Every year, artists take to the stage to perform and address social and political topics, and this year the messages will be stronger than ever.
Global Citizen Festival is the future of festivals, and here’s why.
You must earn your ticket
GCF has a pretty unique ticket policy: Tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned through one of GCF’s initiatives to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Attendees must download the Global Citizen Festival app, which guides them through a series of “actions”, including tweets, emails and petitions to help raise awareness about poverty, health, gender equality and education. This is the only way that festivalgoers can earn tickets. Over the past six years, citizens around the world have taken over 11 million actions. This policy gives social responsibility to the ticket holder, and is a pioneering initiative in the festival world. Earn your tickets for Global Citizen Festival 2017.
Influencers use their platform for good
Every participating artist uses their time on stage to address a social issue that is special to them, and encourage others to join in the fight for justice around those issues. In 2016, Becky and Yandel addressed racism and immigration by performing their song “Somos Uno” (We Are One). Shakira and Coldplay also took to the stage to express their desires to create a fully inclusive society. There was also a powerful talk from actress Prinka Chopra, who spoke about equality for women and diversity.
Themes for social justice
This year’s Global Citizen Festival will focus on economic justice and freedom for all. Artist lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, Andra Day and Alessia Cara. There will also be special guest performances Pharrell Williams and Big Sean. Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day, has said his band will focus on the topic of American aid programs, and how it is more important than ever that we strengthen these programs.
Global Citizen Festival will take place on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York on September 23, 2017. Find a place to stay for the festival on AllTheRooms. Check out all accommodation options in New York.