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What Was it Like to Attend Global Citizen Festival? These Photos Say it All.

On Saturday night in New York City, Global Citizens from around the world showed up to make an impact.

Artists, activists, leaders, and dreamers all took the stage in front of 60,000 Global Citizens to announce commitments and demonstrate their dedication to making a positive impact on the world.

Between the incredible performances, emotional storytelling, and stirring calls to action, the Global Citizen Festival provided six straight hours of inspirational moments.

Here are some of the best photos that captured the essence of the festival:


GCF17_Crowd_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_017.jpgThe crowd on the Great Lawn is pictured at dusk.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_BigSean_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_013.jpgBig Sean rocked the crowd early in the afternoon.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_TheLumineers_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen266.jpgWesley Shultz of the Lumineers gave an empassioned performance.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_AndraDay_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_022.jpgAndra Day had the entire crowd singing by the end of her set.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_MichelleMonaghan_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen406.jpgActor Michelle Monaghan helped to host the event and introduce The Lumineers.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen162.jpgGlobal Citizens listen to Big Sean's performance.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_TheChainsmokers_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen343.jpgThe Chainsmokers brought every Global Citizen to their feet.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_PriyankaChopra_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen102.jpgPriyanka Chopra adressed the crowd to thunderous appluase.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_GreenDay_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_028.jpgBIlly Joe Armstrong and Green Day rocked the crowd with hits from their album "American Idiot."
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_AlessiaCara_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_002.jpgAlessia Cara kicked things off and got the musical celebrations under way.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_005.jpgGlobal Citizens enjoyed beautiful weather in Central Park.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen147.jpgThe energy of the day was felt by every person in the crowd.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_LupitaNyongo_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_001.jpgOscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o was also among the festival's hosts.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

852767932.jpgStevie Wonder took a knee for our country. In fact he took two.
Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

GCF17_AndraDay_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_004.jpgAndra Day moved Global Citizens with an emotional performance of "Strange Fruit."
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_WhoopiGoldberg_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_004.jpgWhoopi Goldberg took the stage to discuss cutting edge HIV/AIDS research.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_GreenDay_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_034.jpgGreen Day raised the energy levels in the park from the moment they came on stage.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_TheChainsmokers_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen350.jpgBy the end of the Chainsmokers set, everyone had been jumping for thirty minutes straight.
Image: Daniel Dorsa or Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_MohamedSadekForGlobalCitizen_086.jpgIt was a day of joy for those who attended.
Image: Mohamed Sadek for Global Citizen

852767804.jpgPharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder shared the stage to preform Pharrell's "Happy."
Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_DanielDorsaForGlobalCitizen380.jpgGlobal Citizens went crazy for all of the musical performances.
Image: Daniel Dorsa for Global Citizen

GCF17_GreenDay_MaryKangForGlobalCitizen_031.jpgGreen Day made Global Citizens draw parallels between the power of punk rock and activism.
Image: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

GCF17_Crowd_MohamedSadekForGlobalCitizen_063.jpgAt the end of the day, Global Citizen festival was all about coming together in support of a better world.
Image: Mohamed Sadek for Global Citizen