It’s that time of year again: festival season! We’re here to announce the best news of all: Global Citizen Festival will return to New York City on Sept. 23, 2023.
It’s a free, ticketed event on the iconic Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City — with performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jung Kook, Anitta, Conan Gray, D-Nice, and Sofia Carson. Stray Kids had been set to perform but due to an unforeseen accident, we will be joined by 3RACHA, which features three members of Stray Kids, Changbin, Bang Chan, and Han.
Also taking to the stage are Bill Nye, Bridget Moynahan, Busy Phillips, Carmelo Anthony, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, Common, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Daymond John, Eddie Izzard, Gayle King, Katie Holmes, Liza Koshy, Natasha Lyonne, Nomzamo Mbatha, Jordan Fisher, Lewis Pugh, Padma Lakshmi, Phoebe Gates, Rachel Brosnahan, Sophia Bush, and Vladimir Duthiers. As well as Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N.; Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development of Norway; José Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste; Governor Helder Barbalho, and State Secretary for Indigenous People Puyr Tembé from the Brazilian State of Pará.
Renowned advocates including Barbie Izquierdo, Brianna Fruean, Deja Foxx, Ineza Umuhoza Grace, Jerome Foster II, Helena and Nina Gualinga, Moj Mahdara, Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku, Sophia Kianni, Pashtana Durrani, Xiye Bastida, and Wangari Kuria will also be calling for change at Global Citizen Festival this year.
We’ve gathered this stellar lineup in our mission to drive critical efforts to End Extreme Poverty NOW: For the Planet, For Equity, For Food, and For Jobs.
For the first time in a generation, the number of people living in extreme poverty is rising. The impacts of the climate crisis on the Global South, the inequities affecting women and girls around the world, the global hunger crisis, and the shrinking of civic space around the world; such colossal issues require a worldwide movement of people demanding change. Luckily, we know a thing or two about enacting that kind of transformational change.
Enter the 2023 Global Citizen Festival: a campaign that will unite millions of voices, amplified by the world’s biggest artists, to demand urgent action from world leaders gathering in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Here’s everything you need to know about Global Citizen Festival, how you can earn a pair of free tickets by taking action, and more.
What is Global Citizen Festival?
Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival where fans take actions toward ending extreme poverty in order to earn free tickets. Our festivals bring together Global Citizens, artists, activists, world leaders, philanthropists, corporate leaders, and more, with one collective mission: End Extreme Poverty NOW.
Global Citizen Festival is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly to leverage opportunities to get policy and financial commitments from government, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to defeat poverty, demand equity, and defend the planet.
Where is it and when?
It’s all happening on Saturday Sept. 23, 2023, on the iconic Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City. Gates will open at 2 p.m. and the show will start around 4 p.m., ending at around 10 p.m. Please note that gates close at 8 p.m. sharp.
How do I get a pair of tickets?
If you don’t know the drill by now, here’s the deal.
You can earn a pair of tickets to Global Citizen Festival by taking action on the Global Citizen app or the Global Citizen website to help end extreme poverty now. With each action you take, you earn points to go towards your entries into the draw for Festival tickets.
There will be five separate draws for Festival tickets, and you can find each draw on our app. Each entry into a ticket draw will cost a total of 60 points, and you can enter each draw multiple times. If you don’t win in the first draw — don’t worry, you can keep trying and enter each draw as many times as you like!
The last remaining time period you can enter the draws are:
- Sept. 12 — Sept. 19
Please note, while you can take action on both our site and our app, you must enter the draw to earn tickets to the Global Citizen Festival in NYC on our app. Each draw closes at midnight EST. If you are a winner, you will be notified by email the next day. You can also check our app under “Entered Rewards” on your profile to see if you’re a winner!
Keep an eye on your inbox, turn your push notifications for our app, and follow our social media accounts (@glblctzn) for all of the latest news and updates.
I have a disability. How can I request ADA accommodations?
Please head to our accessibility FAQs which will provide you with more information including how to get ADA accommodation, where the ADA entrance is, and more.
I'm not able to be at Global Citizen Festival in person. How can I watch the show from home?
Global Citizen Festival will also be broadcast and streamed to the world starting at 4 p.m. EST, on ABC News Live, Apple Music and the Apple TV app, Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, Facebook, HBO Max, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Instagram, Mediacorp, SABC, TikTok, TimesLIVE, TNT, TV3, Veeps, YouTube, and on the Global Citizen app and website. A primetime special, Global Citizen Festival 2023, will air on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. EST.
Keep an eye on globalcitizenfestival.com, download the Global Citizen app, and follow Global Citizen on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn for all the latest information on how you can join in and take action as part of Global Citizen Festival.
I don’t have the Global Citizen app. Can I still take action?
Yes, you can! You can take action on our app, your computer, or a mobile device to earn points.
You can find all our actions on our website, which include signing petitions, sharing messages on social media, writing letters to politicians, taking action in your community and much more.
However, if you’d like to earn tickets to the Global CItizen Festival, you do have to enter the draw on our app.
How and when will I find out if I earned a pair of tickets to Global Citizen Festival?
The day after each ticket draw ends, we’ll notify winners via email. Winners will then have 48 hours to claim their tickets on the Global Citizen app *AND* claim the tickets on Ticketmaster’s website.
Don’t forget to check your spam folder to see if you received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check our app under “Entered Rewards” on your profile in our app to see if you’re a winner.
Winners will be notified on:
- Aug. 29
- Sept. 12
- Sept. 20
What if I didn’t claim my Global Citizen Festival tickets within 48 hours?
Unfortunately, if you did not claim your reward within the specified time frame of 48 hours, we cannot honor your tickets. Please try again for the next draw! Please be sure to also claim your tickets on the Ticketmaster site within 48 hours. If you are having troubles with Ticketmaster’s website within this 48 hour window, please fill out our contact form ASAP so we can assist you.
What actually is Global Citizen?
Global Citizen is the world's largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty NOW. The voices of millions of Global Citizens around the world are driving lasting change towards sustainability, equality, and humanity by taking action every day.
We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives.
Global Citizens have taken over 33.5 million actions since 2009. Today, these actions, in combination with high-level advocacy work, have led to over $43.6 billion being distributed to our partners around the world, impacting 1.29 billion lives in the fight to end extreme poverty.
What is the Global Citizen Festival campaign calling for?
Over the last three years, humanity has experienced some of the biggest challenges of our lifetime — the pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its global impacts, the climate emergency — and, for the first time in a generation, extreme poverty is rising.
We urgently need to see action to drive transformative change now for a world that's equal, just, and free from extreme poverty.
The Global Citizen Festival campaign is taking aim at the major global challenges that are perpetuating poverty, including the climate crisis and its disproportionate impact on the Global South; the inequities facing women and girls around the world; and the global hunger crisis.
For the climate crisis, we're calling on governments and the world's financial institutions to urgently mobilize climate finance to enable countries on the front lines of the climate emergency to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Among other things, we’re demanding that the UK Government and Labour Opposition release a time-bound plan for delivering on the £11.6 billion in climate financing pledged at COP26 in Glasgow; that the Government of Canada continues to champion women and girls by pledging to fund vital health services through UNFPA; that the Government of Australia rejoins the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and equips smallholder farmers across the Pacific and the world to combat the global food crisis; and that governments everywhere stop the repression of advocates, and take necessary steps to promote freedom of speech and protect them.
Without intervention on these issues, the negative trajectory of the last three years will continue for the world’s most marginalized populations.
Where do I sign up to be a Global Citizen?
You can join by downloading the Global Citizen app or by visiting our website and registering to be a Global Citizen. Once you join Global Citizen, you can take actions such as signing petitions, participating in Journeys in our app, sharing messages on social media, writing letters to politicians, taking action in your community, and much more.
I have more questions.
For answers to all your Global Citizen Festival questions, head to our FAQ page.
Global Citizen Festival is presented by Citi and Cisco. Global Partners are Accenture, Delta Air Lines, P&G, TimesLIVE and Verizon; Campaign Partners Bridgewater Associates, Motsepe Foundation and World Wide Technology; with Live Nation, iHeartMedia, and Location Partner New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The Global Citizen Festival broadcast is produced by Done and Dusted.