The 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival took place in Saturday, September 27th in New York City's Central Park. The free, ticketed event was part of the Global Citizen movement, merging advocacy, music and policy to end extreme poverty by 2030. Musicians and celebrities will join dignitaries and philanthropists on the Great Lawn to urge world leaders to make commitments in the issues of vaccines, education and sanitation.
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The night was a huge success with amazing perfromances by the music's greatest headliners incuding: JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun. The Roots and Tiësto. with special musical appearances by Alicia Keys . Celeb hosts*** like Hugh Jackman, Katie Holmes, Model Alek Wek and several others. Also on board were a variety of dignataries including: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway et al
In 2013, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer performed along with special guest performances by Elvis Costello and Janelle Monae. In 2012, the Festival was headlined by Neil Young w/Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’Naan. John Legend joined to perform “Imagine” by John Lennon.
*photos courtesy of Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
***Hugh Jackman, and will also include Adrian Grenier, Alek Wek “H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador,” Allison Williams, Amani Toomer, Bonnie Wright, Bridget Moynahan, Connie Britton, Deborra-lee Furness, Dianna Agron, Erin Heatherton, Erin Richards, Eve Hewson, Gayle King, Jessica Alba “Founder of the Honest Company,” Katie Holmes, Kweku Mandela, Maxwell, Ndaba Mandela, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Brosnahan, Ryan Reynolds, Shantell Martin, Soledad O'Brien, Tamzin Merchant, and Zachary Quinto.