The Global Citizen Festival 2015 @ Central Park on Saturday September 26th


Global Citizen is a community of people like us. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too.

They bring you stories and actions that make a difference, help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

The lineup for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival is out! Get excited for Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. So this year we don’t see any famous big name EDM Dj’s on the lineup but we still get to enjoy great artists. On September 26th, they will be joining 60,000 global citizens on the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park. And you can be there.


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The 2015 Global Citizen Festival is a leverage point to shape the future of international development through the Global Goals. These goals will guide the next 15 years of international development and are the key targets to end extreme poverty by 2030.


These goals will be announced at the United Nations on September 25th, and global citizens can turn the stage in Central Park into the next big step for world leaders to announce their concrete plans to accomplish the Global Goals.

This year, global citizens will earn their free tickets by taking part in sets of actions called “Action Journeys.” These actions may include signing a petition, sending a tweet,  writing emails and calling world leaders. Taken together, these actions will shape the future by holding world leaders accountable.


The Global Citizen Festival is bringing amazing acts (Come on, Pearl Jam? Beyoncé? Ed Sheeran? Coldplay? All in Central Park? Yeah, that’s amazing) on stage, political commitments from world leaders and incredible behind-the-scenes talent.

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Chris Martin of Coldplay has been working tirelessly as a creative director on the show, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis will produce a one hour special out of the program, and Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (you know the guy who just happens to do the Grammy Awards) is organizing things. That’s a lot of talent behind the scenes. And all because they know this event can build a better future for everyone.


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Global Citizen Festival FAQs


What is Global Citizen?

The Global Citizen platform was created by the Global Poverty Project in 2012, as a hub for innovative campaigns that work towards a world where every child can survive and thrive. A world where every child has a chance to go to school, a world where women and girls are protected from violence, and where preventable diseases aren’t holding people back. Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too. We bring you stories and actions that make a difference. That help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

What is the Global Citizen Festival? 

The Global Citizen Festival is a free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The Festival is timed to coincide with the launch of the United Nations’ new Global Goals designed to fight inequality, protect our planet and end extreme poverty by 2030. The Global Citizen Festival will channel the power of hundreds of thousands of global citizens lending their voices to achieve policy and financial commitments that will shape the success of these Goals.

When and where is the 2015 Global Citizen Festival?

This year’s Global Citizen Festival is taking place on September 26 on the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park.

What is Global Citizen Festival seeking to achieve?

See this article.

Who is supporting the 2015 Global Citizen Festival?

Presenting partner Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign join proud core partners of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival: Citi, Unilever, YouTube, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, MSNBC, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, Milk Studios, and The Riot House.

msnbc will servce as a media partner of the Global Citizen Festival for the second year in a row. The network will air a live simulcast of the full concert on msnbc and The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards). Academy Award-nomiated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Bridget Jone’s Diary, Love Actually) will produce a one-hour special of the event to air on NBC on Sunday, September 27 and BBC One in the UK on Monday, September 28. BBC Worldwide will servce as the global distributor for the TV special.

Youtube is a worldwide digital streaming partner for the Festival and will feture a special livestream of the full concert at, presented by T-Mobile. iHeartRadio will digitall stream the audo of the Festival on and in the app. Radio everyone, the global pop up radio station, as part of the Global Goals campaign will then air highlights of the concert around the globe.

Global Citizen has partnered with leading organizations for the 2015 Global CItizen Festival, including: Action/2015, CARE, Concern Worldwide U.S., The Earth Institute, Every Woman, Every Child, Gavi, The Global Fund, Global Partnership for Education, Heifer International, The Hunger Project, Kiba, The ONE Campaign, Opportunity International, Oxfam, Pencils of Promise, RESULTS, Save the Children Action Network, UN Foundation, UNICEF, USA for UNHCR, Wateraid, World Bank, World Vision and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.

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

The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will feature Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay.  We’ll announce hosts and special guests over the course of the summer.

What is The Global Poverty Project?

The Global Poverty Project is a registered 501(c)(3) international nonprofit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. The advocacy organization works in partnership with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor. The Global Poverty Project organizes massive global campaigns including Live Below the Line and the annual Global Citizen Festival as catalysts in this movement. Over the last four years, global citizens have taken 2.3 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in 87 commitments and policy announcements, including cash commitments valued at US $18.3 billion. The Global Poverty Project has offices in New York, Canada, UK and Australia. For more information, visit


How do you win tickets through your participation?

You can win tickets to the festival through taking action to end extreme poverty. You must complete an action journey—or a series of actions—in order to enter the ticket draw. You can get started here

What is an action journey and how do they work?

Take all 8 actions in the action journey and you can enter the draw for the the Global Citizen Festival. For each completed action journey you get another chance to win tickets to the free event. New action journeys will become active throughout the summer, giving you additional chances to win tickets. Your actions can change the world.

Do I have to register on Global Citizen in order to start the action journey?

Yes! All participants have to register on in order to start the action journey.

What actions do users have to take to enter the draw?

You have to take all affiliated actions in the Action Journey. The actions are clearly indicated on the action journey landing page. Actions range from signing a petition to ask leaders to fund healthcare systems in developing countries, to sharing articles through social media, to calling a world leader on the phone.

How does a user enter the draw and when will they find out if they’ve won?
Entering the Global Citizen Festival ticket draw is easy. All you have to do is take all the actions in an action journey and then enter the draw. Winners will be informed via email when the draw is held.

What if I do not have a twitter? How do I take the twitter actions?

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

Head over to and sign up for a free twitter account. Afterwards, you’ll be ready and able to take tweet actions.

How do I take the call action?

You will have to take the call action from your cell phone. To take a call action, all you need to do is take out your cell phone and navigate to From there, you can take the call action and continue on the action journey directly.

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

Upon taking the call action, you may encounter a full voice mailbox. Don’t fear! Try the call action once more to get through. If you’re still having problems, check out our Tech FAQ here. If you’re still having trouble, let us know at Please note, due to the high volume of inquiries we receive to this account, we can only respond to questions that have not already been answered in the Tech FAQ.

What are bonus points and ticket giveaways?

You can earn rewards to the Festival through earning bonus by taking part in various Days of Action. The rewards include general admission tickets, VIP tickets, Festival merchandise as well as artist meet and greets. Mark these dates in your calendar as these Days of Action will be short but have a big impact on the world. The Global Goals are coming soon and your voice is needed to make sure world leaders deliver on their promises to improve the world for everyone.

Got a more technical question? 

Make sure to check out our Tech FAQ here, where we’ve rounded up and answered alot of the questions people have had completing action journeys, and entering the ticket draw.


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

We will give away 48,000 free tickets to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. All people who win tickets must be a registered Global Citizen and have taken the required actions indicated in each action journey to win

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 2015 Global Citizen Festival.

When are prize draws for tickets to Global Citizen Festival?

We will give away 48,000 free tickets to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. Prize draws will be held on:

  • July 29: 4,000 double passes will be drawn
  • August 13: 3,500 double passes will be drawn
  • August 27: 3,500 double passes will be drawn
  • September 10: 7,000 double passes will be drawn
  • September 17: 6,000 double passes will be drawn,  plus any unclaimed tickets
  • September 21: Re-draw of all unclaimed tickets

These dates are subject to change.

I won tickets, what do I need to do?

You will be sent a notification from Global Citizen letting you know that you won two tickets. This email will contain a unique code and detailed description on how to claim your tickets through ticketmaster – remember you only have 72 hours to claim your tickets or they will be re-entered into the next draw!

I claimed my tickets, when are they sent to me?

This year we have implemented a ticket delivery delay system with Ticketmaster so once you have claimed they are locked in and confirmed and you don’t need to do anything else. You will be sent a notification directly from ticketmaster on September 23rd letting you know that your tickets are ready to be printed!

I lost my tickets, what do I do?

It’s really important to keep your paper tickets in a safe place – treat them like cash! If you find that you have mislaid them, please let us know as soon as possible. You can reach us by email at – make sure to include your full name, order code and email address you redeemed them with.

I won but didn’t claim my tickets in time, What happens?

Unfortunately if you didn’t claim your tickets within the 72 hour window then they were automatically re-entered back into the draw. Don’t worry though if there are still more draws then you will automatically be entered into them.

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

We know that most of you will work hard and fairly to 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.

This year we have also implemented a ticket delivery delay system with Ticketmaster so while you have to claim your free tickets within the 72 hour window of winning them, you won’t actually receive your tickets until Wednesday September 23rd.

If anyone does try to sell any of the FREE tickets, big ticket reselling sites will ensure that any FREE tickets that are posted are promptly taken down. In addition, Global Citizen will cancel any tickets that are posted to reselling sites – so if you buy them, you won’t be able to get into the show. If you see tickets to the Global Citizen Festival posted on a third-party sales site, please tell us at

You can transfer your tickets with friends using Ticketmaster’s ticket exchange system – just log into ticketmaster and go into my tickets and select the transfer tickets option. If you try to sell the free tickets, we will cancel them – we have standing arrangements with secondary market providers including StubHub, eBay and

Can I enter the draw multiple times?

Yes! You can enter up to 5 times, with each entry requiring the completion of a unique action journey. Don’t enter under lots of different email addresses – that’s cheating, and you’ll run the risk of getting deleted from the draw.

How do I buy VIP Tickets?

Limited VIP Tickets are available through our ticketing partner Ticketmaster. Click here to visit their site and purchase.


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

The gates to the Great Lawn open at2pm. The Festival is projected to begin at 3pm, and end by 10:00pm. But make sure you get there early to be first in line! 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 am I allowed to bring into Central Park? What is prohibited?

The prohibited and allowed items will be listed on your Tickets.

Will there be food/drink sold at the Festival?

Yes, there will be food and drink vendors.

Can I bring food in?
Yes, you are permitted to bring food into the event, however it must be in a clear bag and no containers are permitted.

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

GA tickets will indicate whether you should enter at the West or East Gate.

The GA West Gate is located at West 72nd Street and Central Park West. The GA East Gate is located at East 72nd Street and Central Park East. Please enter the park at the gate marked on your ticket.

Where is the VIP entrance?

The VIP entrance is located at West 81st Street and Central Park West.

Where is the ADA/handicapped accessible entrance?

The ADA accessible entrance is located at East 84th Street and Central Park East.

Someone in my party has a disability. What should we do?

Please email and we’ll handle it case by case to ensure you get the best possible experience.

Will there be chairs in the VIP areas, or ADA areas?

There are no chairs in the VIP viewing area.

There are a small number of chairs available in the ADA area. If you or someone you are attending the Festival with needs the option of sitting, please contact us at

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.

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

Yes! You can enter each of five scheduled ticket draws one time. If you entered any ticket draw and did not win tickets during that draw, your entry remains active for all subsequent draws. In addition, you can submit a new entry during each of the five scheduled ticket draw periods, so you may have multiple active entries at a time. It is entirely possible to win more than once. If you win multiple pairs of tickets, just use the Ticketmaster ‘Ticket Transfer’ option to change the name on the second pair to whoever you would like to 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 whom you would like to sit with. This is a 60,000-person general admission event. Attendees will be sectioned off in pens on the Great Lawn according to their time of arrival and will not be able to move between pens. If you would like to attend the show with friends, please meet them outside the park and enter together.

How many times can I enter the ticket draw?

You can enter up to 5 times! There are five scheduled ticket draws, and all users can enter each draw one time. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win! Undrawn entries remain active in each subsequent ticket draw.

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

Yes! Everyone entering the Global Citizen Festival, regardless of age, will need a ticket. If you do not earn enough tickets for yourself, partner, and baby, please email and we’ll handle it case by case.

Need help or have a question that wasn’t answered here?

Send them an email at! Please be advised, due to the high volume of inquiries they receive to this account, they can only respond to questions that have not been addressed here, and in the Tech FAQ.

Terms and Conditions about the ticket draw can be found here


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