By Gus Saltonstall
The Global Citizen Festival is returning to Central Park this month, and aspiring attendees have one more week to take action against extreme poverty and earn free tickets.
The star-studded lineup for the 2023 live concert features Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anitta, Jung Kook of the popular Korean pop group BTS, Conan Gray, D-Nice, Sofia Carson, and Stray Kids.
The annual music festival will kick off on the Great Lawn in Central Park (click the link for directions) at 4 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2023. Gates will open at 2 p.m., and the show is expected to end around 10 p.m.
“Our festivals bring together Global Citizens, artists, activists, world leaders, philanthropists, corporate leaders, and more, with one collective mission: End Extreme Poverty NOW,” reads a section on the Global Citizen website.
How to get tickets
Outside of pricy VIP packages, all of the tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are free — but you have to work for them. You can secure free tickets by taking part in “actions” to help end extreme poverty, which are listed on the Global Citizen app or website, and make you eligible for a ticket giveaway drawing.
Possible actions that earn points include: signing petitions, emailing representatives, tweeting about issues, taking quizzes, uploading videos, and leaving messages for people across the world. You can check out all possible actions — HERE.
The Global Citizen Festival created five drawing periods to earn tickets, but four of them have already taken place, with the fifth and final period to nab a ticket starting today, Sept. 12, and running through the 19th.
You need to earn 60 points through actions on the Global Citizen app or website to become eligible for a ticket drawing, which you can do multiple times.
The day after the drawing, you will be notified via email if you’ve won a ticket.
How to watch + the rest of the lineup
For those who don’t win a ticket, Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC News Live, Apple Music, Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel, Twice, Facebook, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Instagram, YouTube, and on the Global Citizen app.
In addition to the music performers, a collection of other notables will also take the stage to deliver messages.
- Bill Nye
- Bridget Moynahan
- Busy Philipps
- Carmelo Anthony
- Connie Britton
- Danai Gurira
- Gayle King
- Jordan Fisher
- Lewis Pugh
- Padma Laksmi
- Phoebe Gates
- Rachel Broshahan
- Sophia Bush
- State Secretary for Indigenous People Puyr Tembe
Global Citizen’s impact
Since its formation in 2009, Global Citizen has helped people undertake over 33.5 million actions, leading to over $43.6 million being distributed to its partners across the world. The funding has helped impact the lives of 1.29 billion people in the fight to end extreme poverty, its organizers say.
The Global Citizen Festival is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly in an effort to leverage the moment to get policy and financial commitments from the government.
You can read more about the specific ways Global Citizen has made an impact on its website.
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