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Pop meets policy in Central Park

Great Lawn, Central Park

Sept. 23, 2017

Doors open at 2 p.m.

The Global Citizen Festival brings together top music with world leaders to make commitments toward health, gender equality, education, and other poverty issues. Guests earn their tickets after taking a series of actions to effect change around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Global Citizen Festival

What is Global Citizen?

Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012, in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events.

Global Citizen’s policy and advocacy team campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number of people taking action to end extreme poverty, with the vision of a world without extreme poverty, within a generation.

What is the Global Citizen Festival?

The Global Citizen Festival is an action-rewarded, awareness driven free music festival where fans engage with causes in order to win tickets. On Sept. 29, 2012, more than 60,000 people attended the first Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in New York’s iconic Central Park. The Festival featured live performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’Naan and more. Since then, artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, and many more have performed on the Global Citizen Festival stage. Tickets to the festival are accessed through points earned by taking actions to fight extreme poverty, such as signing petitions, sending tweets, calling your congressman, and more. The Global Citizen Rewards initiative uses this same strategy, digital platform and technology to spur music fans and change-makers alike to take action to help benefit the world’s poor. This concert is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly to raise awareness and leverage government aid.

When and where is the 2017 Global Citizen Festival?

This year’s 2017 Global Citizen Festival is taking place on Sept. 23, 2017, in NYC’s Central Park.

Who are the artists involved in this year’s Festival?

This year’s lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, also featuring The Chainsmokers, and special guest appearances by Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, and Alessia Cara.

How will this initiative change the world?

The Global Citizen Festival aims to raise the consciousness of a generation to make change inevitable. It’s an incredible tool to promote activism through something people love – live musical entertainment – and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Where can I sign-up to be a part of the initiative?

Fans can visit or download the Global Citizen app. First, register to become a Global Citizen, which opens your account. Then you can begin your participation and start taking actions like signing petitions, sending tweets, sharing information on your social media channels about issues affecting the world’s poor, sending emails to world leaders, and more. This year, all actions will take place in the Global Citizen app.

Questions about actions

How do users win tickets through their participation?

Users win tickets to the festival through taking action to end extreme poverty. All of this year’s actions for the festival will take place in the Global Citizen app. You can choose from a range of actions that earn you points. Once you earn 13 points from festival actions, you can enter the draw for festival tickets. Every two weeks we will announce ticket winners and launch a new campaign with a different challenge for global citizens to solve.

Do I have to register on Global Citizen in order to start earning points?

Yes, you have to register on or in the mobile app in order to start earning points.

How does a user enter the lottery and when will they find out if they’ve won?

To enter the lottery for festival tickets in the first action journey, users must take enough actions to earn 17 points, and then redeem them in the app for an entry into the draw. Winners will be informed via email when the draw is made.

Can I use my existing points to enter into the festival draw?

No. Only points earned through festival actions will be eligible for tickets. If you use existing points earned from previous action taking your entry will not be eligible. Make sure you complete festival actions in the mobile app and earn the necessary festival points to enter the draw.

I don’t have the Global Citizen app. Can I still take actions for the festival?

To take actions that will earn you points for the Global Citizen Festival, you must download the app and take action there. The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

I have the Global Citizen app, but don’t see actions for the Festival. Why?

The Global Citizen Festival actions are only available to people located in the United States and Canada.

What if I do not have a Twitter account? How do I take the tweet actions?

You will have to set up a Twitter account in order to take the tweet actions.

How do I take the call action?

You will have to take the call action from your cell phone.

What if the voice mailbox is full? Do I have to take the action again?

Yes — you will not get points for the action until it is complete.

How do you track the actions people take, especially actions such as calling a representative? How do you know someone has actually placed a call?

The actions are tracked through the Global Citizen online platform and mobile app. Once a participant takes an action, for example, signing a petition, the points are registered to their Global Citizen profile. Through the mobile app, we are able to track, with the same technology, when a participant makes a call to their representative’s office.

Global Citizen Partners

Who does Global Citizen work with to create the festival?

If we are to achieve the global goals, it’s going to take the collective efforts of civil society, the private sector and NGOs. Global Citizen works as a campaigning platform to bring these partners together and align them collectively around important campaigns. These partners not only support our campaigning efforts but very often fund them.

In 2017, Global Citizen is working with a number of partners, all of which you can view here.

Questions about tickets

How many free tickets will you be giving out to the Global Citizen Festival?

We will draw 24,000 winners – each winner then has 72 hours to claim two tickets. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be distributed to the 2017 Global Citizen Festival.

When are prize draws for tickets to Global Citizen Festival?

We will give away 48,000 free tickets to the 2016 Global Citizen Festival. Prize draws will be held on:

  • Aug. 15: at least 11,000 double passes will be drawn
  • Aug. 29: at least 7,500 double passes will be drawn
  • Sept. 15: at least 5,000 double passes will be drawn
  • Sept. 19: at least 500 double passes will be drawn

These dates are subject to change. Note: Though we are holding four drawings, there is only one place to enter for tickets throughout (

How will Global Citizen prevent these tickets from winding up on the secondary market?

We know that most of you will work hard to fairly earn and win your tickets as Global Citizens who are committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030. But, some people will cheat. We’ve clearly set out the rules in the T&Cs, and will remove people who break the rules from all draws. To minimize this we have set up a ticket delivery delay which means you won’t be able to receive tickets until 72 hours before the show. If anyone does try to sell any of the FREE tickets, it won’t work. We know people at all of the big reselling sites, and they’ve agreed to take down any of these tickets. On our side, we’ll cancel them – so if you buy them, you won’t be able to get into the show.

How do I buy VIP Tickets?

VIP Tickets are available through our ticketing partner Ticketmaster. Please visit our VIP Tickets page.

Questions about the Global Citizen Festival event

What time do the gates to Central Park open? What time does the Festival start and end?

The gates to the Great Lawn open at 2 p.m. The festival is projected to begin at 4 p.m., and end by 10 p.m.

What are the set times or order the artists are playing?

We will not be releasing set times, or the order of artists. With the amazing lineup, get there early to enjoy the whole show!

What is prohibited from Central Park?

The following items and actions are prohibited from the park: backpacks, bicycles or scooters, blankets, camelBaks, chains/chain wallets, cameras larger than point-and-shot (if you can remove the lens don’t bring it), chairs, coolers, fireworks, flags, frisbees, glass/metal containers, illegal drugs/ paraphernalia, laser pens or similar focused light, lighters, musical instruments, pets/animals, selfie sticks, skateboards, smoking, sports balls, tents, tripods, umbrellas, unlicensed vending of any kind, weapons, video recording equipment, water squirt guns.

Will there be food/drink sold at the Festival?

Yes, there will be food and drink vendors but no alcohol is permitted on the Great Lawn so there will not be any for sale.

Where is the exact location we should enter the park? My ticket only says West or East gate.

We have two main general admission entrances to the Global Citizen Festival. The West Gate is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West and the East Gate is located at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. Remember that you will be cordoned off into pens once you are on the Great Lawn so it’s important to arrive with your friends!

Where is the Premier and Global ticket entrance?

Premier and Global VIP ticket guests can enter at West 81st and Central Park West.

Where is the ADA/handicapped accessible entrance?

East 84th street and Central Park East.

Both of my tickets have my name on them. Is that okay?

Yes! Please make sure you enter the festival with your guest.

What if I earned a second pair of tickets and both have my name on them?

If you were lucky enough to win a second pair of Global Citizen Festival tickets, and you are giving them to a friend or family member, please log into your Ticketmaster account, and go into ‘My Tickets’. Find the second pair of Global Citizen Festival tickets, and use the ‘Ticket Transfer’ option to transfer tickets to your friend or family member’s name. Please note this will only be available after Sept. 20.

I think I earned tickets during two different prize draws. Is that possible?

You can only enter each ticket draw once, but you can enter ticket draws for more than one Action Journey, so it’s entirely possible to win more than once. If you win a second time, this has no effect on your first pair of tickets. Just use the Ticketmaster ‘Ticket Transfer’ option to change the name on the second pair to whoever it is you give them to.

If I arrive at the Festival a few hours after my friends and want to meet up with them, will this be difficult?

Yes. We strongly suggest arriving at the festival with the person/people you are attending with. People will be sectioned off in pens on the Great Lawn according to their time of arrival, and will not be able to move around between pens.

I have a baby and want to bring her/him. Does she/he need a ticket?

Yes! Everyone entering the park, regardless of age, will need a ticket.

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