By Travis Clark
A movement is coming, and it happens to be spearheaded by some of the biggest names in music. The Global Citizen Movement presents its third annual Global Citizen Festival on September 27. The free concert will take place on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park and features a wide range of musical talents, with Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, the Roots, Tiesto and fun. headlining the event.
The Global Citizen Movement, organized by the Global Poverty Project, aims to end extreme poverty by the year 2030. It’s a movement with more than 250,000 followers that encourages all to join the fight for human rights and end the unjust treatment of citizens around the world.
This year’s festival has a specific focus and purpose, ensuring that children across the globe have the resources they need to survive and thrive. This was also a major theme for the movement’s first Thank You Festival earlier this year, which Tiesto also headlined. No stranger to supporting positive social causes, the acclaimed DJ states, “I am very excited to perform at this year’s Global Citizen Festival and continue my support for protecting the world’s children. I’m asking my fans to join me and call on our world leaders to bring about real change that will help our children live healthy, strong lives.”
Along with this focus, the festival will also advocate for more of a commitment in the areas of vaccinations, sanitation and education from world leaders. A major campaign for the festival will be emphasizing the need for the Water for the World Act, a Congressional bill supporting the more than 1 billion children currently living without safe sanitation.
As if the major musical headliners and global causes weren’t enough to get people interested, this will also mark the first time the festival will be televised and streamed online. MSNBC and NBC News have partnered with the Global Citizen movement, and along with airing the festival live on MSNBC and msnbc.com, NBC will also air a one-hour special about the event at 9 pm the night of the concert.
Tickets are now available for the festival. The tickets are free, with Global Citizen asking only that people participate in online actions that can be found at the festival’s website in order to receive tickets. By signing petitions and emailing world leaders, fans not only get access to the festival but also become active members in the campaign to end poverty and promote change.
To join the Global Citizen Movement, click here.