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Global Citizen Festival 2016: What You Need To Know

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Updated: 6 August 2016
Global Citizen Festival is a music festival in Central Park on Saturday, September 24th, but to simply call it a music festival would be a mistake. There will indeed be music, but the purpose of the festival is to support Global Citizen, a social action platform that seeks to motivate people around the world to take actions that will generate major social changes everywhere. Global Citizen’s goal is to aid the UN’s promise to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030, and the annual music festival is just one of the ways they’re doing it. Here’s what you need to know about the festival.

The festival will celebrate its fifth birthday this year and, as usual, the festivities will take place in Central Park. Though you may not have heard of this festival before, the headliners aren’t so obscure: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, and Metallica. Other guests include Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and hosting the event are Chelsea Handler, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Seth Meyers. As you can see it’s a star studded event, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

Now that you know you want to be there, the next step is earning a ticket. You “earn” a ticket rather than purchasing one because Global Citizen gives out tickets to those who take action to help the Global Citizen mission. The way it works is every two weeks they’ll launch a new competition, and if you participate you can enter the draw for festival tickets. Each draw will award between 3,500 and 7,000 tickets, so your chances of winning a ticket this way are actually quite high.

The point of view of the #crowd my stage fright had to confront last night. #globalcitizenfestival #chimeforchange #gucci

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You need 30 points to enter the draw; this week, for example, to earn one point you can tweet at government officials from Denmark or Japan, the UN’s Secretary General, or one of the other options listed on the Global Citizen website, urging them to make educational reforms. Things get slightly more involved (but are still very simple) for the options that give you three points. You may have to tweet a video, post an Instagram photo, or call your local representative. Other actions will give you five points, and if you gain enough points and earn your ticket, admission is free.

Come find us tomorrow for a chance to get #GCFestival tickets!

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Since the Global Citizen Festival’s initiation five years ago, festival goers have done more than six million actions. So far, this has resulted in 130 policy changes that will help reach the organization’s goal of changing the lives of millions of people by 2030. The Global Citizen Festival is an incredible event that, if you simply do your part to make the world a better place, is free! Their website makes it easy to take action, so if you start earning points today you could have your ticket in no time.