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FNB STADIUMJOHANNESBURG02 DECEMBER 2018

Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100

FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

02 December 2018

Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 is a free, ticketed event, featuring Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid. Lead hosts include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Forest Whitaker. You can get free tickets by taking action with Global Citizen. See below for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Global Citizen

What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is an advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. We are doing this by encouraging people to learn and take action on our platform; those actions apply pressure on world leaders to make commitments around the issues associated with extreme poverty: gender equality, food security, education, the environment, global health, citizenship, and sanitation. These are also the first issues covered by the Global Goals, a framework created by world leaders to end extreme poverty.

We don't ask people for money, but to take action to end extreme poverty. These actions are things like sending a tweet, signing a petition, making a phone call, sending an email, or more.

By taking action, these Global Citizens are rewarded with access and tickets to our music festivals and other events around the world.

So far, more than 13 million actions have been taken by Global Citizens, leading to $35 billion commitments being made by world leaders, which are set to affect 1.7 billion lives by 2030. We are headquartered in New York City, with teams located in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Australia, and South Africa.

Why is Global Citizen working in South Africa?

Through our model, we’ve learned that we need leaders from all over the world to help end extreme poverty, and that includes leaders of the African Union. We want to galvanize young, passionate people across Africa to pressure their leaders to make important strides on the Global Goals, and specifically on gender equality, food and hunger, health, education, and water and sanitation.

What is the Global Citizen Festival?

The Global Citizen Festival is a free music festival where fans engage with causes in order to win tickets. We’ve hosted festivals in New York City, USA; Mumbai, India; and Hamburg, Germany, since 2012, and featured artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Chris Martin and Coldplay, Shakira, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and more. 

Tickets to the festival are accessed through points earned by taking actions to fight extreme poverty, such as signing petitions, sending tweets, volunteering in your area, and more. 

Does Global Citizen fundraise or do work on the ground?

No. Global Citizen believes in the power of advocacy. Rather than ask individuals to contribute money to support specific programs on the ground, we work with world leaders to make large financial commitments to support things like girls education, building toilets, robust foreign aid programs, and more.

Questions about the Global Citizen Festival and Tickets

What is the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100?

On 2 December, 2018, Global Citizen will host a festival featuring Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid, and more artists to be announced at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. These artists will be joined by world leaders and private sector leaders to make commitments on the issues surrounding extreme poverty. Follow us on Facebook ( Global Citizen ), Twitter ( @glblctzn ) and Instagram ( @glblctzn ) for updates.

Which artists will be performing?

The lineup includes Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks and months. We’ll also be joined by hosts Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey will make a special tribute to Nelson Mandela. 

How do I get free tickets to Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100?

Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 are free. All you need to do is take action on Global Citizen’s platform to become eligible to win a free ticket. Starting on 21 Aug, you can take action on GlobalCitizen.org.za, in the Global Citizen app — which you can download data-free if you are a Vodacom customer — or you can find us on Facebook Messenger. Just search “Global Citizen” in Facebook Messenger, and you can learn more about Global Citizen and take action. Once you have earned enough Festival points by taking action, you can enter into a drawing to win free tickets. Eligible winners will be chosen at random and every winner will get a pair (2) of free tickets.

We will have a ticket drawing every four weeks; we’ll email you if you’ve earned your free pair of tickets during that draw. If you did not get tickets, you can still keep taking action and enter again for the next drawing. 

Sign up to receive our emails and follow us on Facebook (Global Citizen), Twitter (@glblctzn) and Instagram (@glblctzn) for updates on when new actions are launching.

If you have customer service questions, you can email us at mandela100@globalcitizen.org.

You can read more on our Terms & Conditions page here .Learn more about earning free tickets here.

 What is Early Access and what are Bonus Points?

If you sign up via the email field on globalcitizen.org.za 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. 

I don’t have a smartphone; can I still get tickets?

Yes, you can still earn free tickets. If you have access to Facebook Messenger, you can take action with our Messenger Bot, named “Global Citizen.” We also will have several “days of action” when you can take action in your community and earn free tickets that way. Sign up for our emails and find our Facebook Messenger Bot (called "Global Citizen") to learn more.

Can I buy tickets?

The majority of tickets — 70% — are free for those who sign up at and take action on the Global Citizen platform. The remaining tickets are available for sale. Proceeds from paid premium tickets go toward supporting our vital campaign work to end extreme poverty, and helps ensure that we can give away the maximum number of free tickets to those taking action.

Paid tickets are no longer available

How can I learn about new actions and action-journeys?

Sign up to receive our emails and follow us on Facebook (Global Citizen), Twitter (@glblctzn) and Instagram (@glblctzn) for updates on when new actions are launching.

What should I know about attending the festival on 2 December?

We’ll update this page with more information on how to get to the festival, what you can and cannot bring into the stadium, what services are available at FNB stadium, and more, when we get closer to the festival.

Who can participate?

The free ticket draws for Mandela 100 are only open to residents of South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Kingdom of eSwatini.

What do I do between now and 21 August?

If you sign up via the email field on globalcitizen.org.za 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 you ensuring that tickets are available for all?

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.

Questions about actions and policy

Can we really end extreme poverty?

The progress made in the last 30 years has been phenomenal: Extreme poverty has halved, inequality is reducing, and access to quality health care and education is improving. A child born today has more chance of surviving, being healthy, and receiving an education than any generation before them. But much more needs to be done; nearly 800 million people are still trapped in extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and this is an affront to our common humanity and dignity. Eight-hundred-and-fifteen million people will go to bed hungry tonight. More than 700 million are drinking dirty water, and more than 2 billion people don’t have a toilet.

We know that there are many complexities and complications involved in ending all forms of extreme poverty. But we don’t think this means the challenge cannot be overcome — not when there are human lives at stake.

The Global Goals, introduced in 2015, have set out a framework for how we can tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change. But it’s not going to happen unless each of us plays our part. Everyone can play a role in ending poverty, from citizens to governments, businesses, and charities — our voices are more powerful together and we will be the generation to end extreme poverty by 2030.

What are the Global Goals?

In 2015, world leaders laid out a roadmap — the Global Goals for Sustainable Development — for ending extreme poverty and inequality, and for building a better world for everyone by the year 2030. The Global Goals cover a wide range of issues, from gender equality to climate change, in which everyone — governments, businesses, and citizens — can play a role. Global Citizen carries the Global Goals as part of its mission through its spotlight on girls & women, health, education, finance & innovation, food & hunger, water & sanitation, environment, and citizenship. For more information on the Global Goals, click here.

What policy issues will Global Citizen be addressing with Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100?

In the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, Global Citizen will continue his message of activism by campaigning across key issues that must be tackled if we are to end extreme poverty — food & nutrition, health, education, girls & women, and water & sanitation. 

Why should I worry about global poverty issues when we have issues right here?

At Global Citizen, we believe in the power of a global community that can come together to build a better world for everyone — both at home and abroad. Compassion goes beyond borders and we cannot stand by while there are people everywhere still living in extreme poverty and without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and health care. Global poverty is an issue of common humanity and morality, which affects all people and nations. 

What is a ‘commitment’?

We don’t ask people for money; instead, we ask them to raise their voices and call on our leaders to make pledges, or commitments, to provide resources for programs that support the Global Goals. For example, at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg in 2017, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg committed US$85 million from her country’s budget toward women’s and girls’ health. That was just one of $706M worth of 30 commitments and announcements made to support girls and women’s health, education, and economic empowerment that evening. 

How do you make sure commitments are followed through on? Who keeps people accountable?

With 2.25 billion lives set to be affected and $37.9 billion in commitments made, Global Citizen has adopted a regular reviewing process, which is both transparent and methodical, of commitments and announcements made through our campaigns and events. Global Citizen uses “lives set to be affected” as our main indicator of impact for commitments made to ensure intended impact transforms into actual lives impacted as promised. Over 75% of the commitments we’ve secured are on track to complete within the committed timeline, and the majority of the remaining 25% are on course to complete at least 80% of target. We are actively campaigning to hold to account the relevant governments, corporations, and NGOs, and we need Global Citizens to continue to hold leaders to account and ensure commitments made are not forgotten. For more information on Global Citizen’s impact and to read our accountability reports, click here.

Questions about Global Citizen partners

How does Global Citizen work with corporate partners?

Global Citizen works with private sector partners to build the Global Citizen movement. Through a combination of direct funding and strategic support, our partners help increase our movement's reach, and drive impact and commitments across our campaign objectives.

The event is hosted in partnership with our Presenting and Major partner, The Motsepe Foundation.

Additional partners include major partners, House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and Associate Partner HP.