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Attendees dance in the crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, Sept. 23, 2017.
Mohamed Sadek for Global Citizen

How to Get Free Tickets to Global Citizen Festival in South Africa

The Global Citizen Festival is a free, ticketed concert that brings together musicians, world leaders, and global citizens in an effort to influence positive change on a global scale.

We’ve hosted festivals in New York City, Mumbai, and Hamburg, and now we’re hosting one in Johannesburg, in proud partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, on 2 December, 2018, with Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, and many more amazing artists; read the full lineup here

These festivals bring thousands of people together for a night of music and celebration, but the affects of commitments made by world leaders because of Global Citizens actions are set to reach 2.25 billion people worldwide. You can read more about our impact here .

That’s because the majority of Global Citizen Festival tickets are given to people for free after they take actions with us to help end extreme poverty. But what does taking action mean?

The majority of tickets are free to Global Citizens who take action on our platform, starting on 21 August. There will be a limited number of tickets on sale for those who wish to purchase them. The proceeds of those ticket sales support the ongoing work of our campaigns. Read on and also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

How to Take Action With Global Citizen

Actions take a few different shape and happen in different places. 

1.) You can take action on the Global Citizen website and in our mobile app. These actions can be things like sending tweets, signing petitions, or sending an email to express your support for a particular issue, like more funding for girls education, or making sure more people have access to clean drinking water.

If you prefer to take actions in the app, you can download the app for free if you are a Vodacom customer.

2.) Facebook Messenger: For the first time ever, Global Citizens can take action using a Facebook Messenger bot; these actions are similar to the ones on our site but are designed for phones with Facebook Messenger Lite.

3.) Days of Action: If you prefer to take action in person, we’ll have several Days of Action in Johannesburg in the run-up to the festival. You can join other Global Citizens in a community service project.

Getting Free Tickets

Global Citizen will hold four action journeys between now and the festival in December. In each action journey, there will be 8 to 10 actions you can choose between. Each action earns you a certain number of Festival points. Once you have earned enough Festival points by taking action, you’ll be entered into the raffle to get your free pair (2) of tickets.

We’ll announce when the draws are happening, and let winners know if they’ve won the next day. We'll be communicating the points you need to earn and the dates of the draws to everyone who signs up here .

If you didn’t win a ticket, you can still take more actions in the next action journey, which starts the next day, and then enter to win tickets again. More than 70,000 tickets will be given away for free in this method.

The Issues — What Are We Taking Action On?

Global Citizens in Africa and around the world are calling on world leaders to make commitments to empower people in extreme poverty. This includes:

  • Ensure people don’t suffer needlessly from preventable diseases;
  • Give every child access to a quality education;
  • Eradicate laws that hold girls and women back;
  • Make sure all people have access to enough nutritious food;
  • Ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.

Can non-SA residents participate?

Yes, but you must be able to attend the festival to participate. We want to make sure tickets are going to people who can be there on 2 December at FNB Stadium.

What do I do between now and 21 Aug?

If you sign up via the email field on or via Facebook Messenger before 21 August, you will have a chance to earn bonus points before the rest, by referring your friends and family. These bonus points can be applied to the draw which opens 21 August. Global Citizens will also have the exclusive opportunity to enter into special rewards for premium tickets to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 by taking action. 

Shouldn’t we just donate the money from ticket sales instead?

Global Citizen believes in the power of advocacy. Through our model, we’re able to convince world leaders to make massive commitments to help end extreme poverty. This means they commit funds from their governments to support girls education, clean water, access to healthy food and health services, and more. We need you to take action to convinve these leaders that the issues you care about are the issues they should be caring about. That's why we ask you to send tweets, emails, make phone calls, and more, to influence world leaders' decisions. The impact of this is far greater than donating money to an individual charity. If we held our festival as a fundraising benefit, we might raise several million dollars. But with our model of advocacy, we are able to have hundreds of millions of dollars committed to ending extreme poverty. Our goal for the festival in South Africa is to get $1 billion in funds committed to gender equality, clean water, access to healthcare, food and nutrition, and education. 

You can read more about our impact here.

Are artists performing for free?

Yes, all our artists donate their time and talent to Global Citizen for free. We're able to throw this festival thanks to the generous donations from our partners, who pay for the related costs. This means we can give tickets away to Global Citizens for free. 

How are underserved communities able to get tickets?

Having a smartphone is not a requirement for entry. We have several methods that people without smartphones can access to get free tickets. They can use our Facebook Messenger Lite bot, which is programmed to work on feature phones. We also will have Days of Action, where someone can give a few hours of their time working in their community and earn a free ticket.

Having a smartphone is not a requirement for entry. We have several methods that people without smartphones can access to get free tickets. They can use our Facebook Messenger Lite bot, which is programmed to work on feature phones. We also will have Days of Action, where someone can give a few hours of their time working in their community and earn a free ticket.

Some examples of types of Days of Actions we might be hosting:

1.) Tickets for Training: Health workers may be rewarded for training a certain number of women on optimal child nutrition.

2)  Tickets for Testing: Global Citizen will work with local health care workers, universities, and NGOs to support HIV testing practices. 

3). Tickets for Trash: Global Citizens may earn tickets by taking responsibility for recycling a certain amount of plastic per month.

More questions?

If you have any more questions, you can email us at or send us a direct message on Twitter (@GCMandela100). Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

The partners for the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 are our Presenting and Major Partner The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners, House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Big Concerts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries and Associate Partner, HP.