By James Pleasant
While most festivals with massive headliners such as Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay would charge an arm and a leg for tickets, the Global Citizen Festival is giving away tickets completely free. But there’s a catch — you’ll have to go on a journey to get them.
Fans can win tickets on the organization’s website by creating an account and taking part in an “Action Journey”, which entails completing a series of tweets, signing petitions, writing emails to various world leaders, and making phone calls to the U.S. State Department in order to promote relief efforts. Once all eight Action Journey tasks are completed, fans can enter to win tickets to the festival.
The free-ticketed event takes place September 26 on the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park, and is part of the Global Poverty Project – an international non-profit whose mission is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Approximately 48,000 free tickets are available to be won, and each winner will receive up to two tickets.
Several of the performing artists expressed their enthusiasm about being a part of the festival and mobilizing their fans to take action.
“We hope Pearl Jam fans will sign up to become Global Citizens – not just earn tickets to the show – but to be part of a movement that encourages leaders of nations with the greatest wealth to apply aid, trade and governance policies in support of nations and communities in the greatest need,” said Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival,” said Beyoncé. “It has always stood for improving the lives of people everywhere, but this year is especially rewarding as we all join focuses and utilize our talents for one goal: to end extreme poverty globally.”
Beyoncé recently announced a partnership with Chime For Change, which is a campaign to achieve global equality for girls and women around the world.
Global Citizen is a relief effort dedicated to fighting poverty and inequality around the world, and making life more sustainable for everyone on the planet. According to the World Bank and Global Citizen, an estimated 1 billion people live in extreme poverty today. In the last four years, Global Citizen and its supporters have raised $18.3 billion to fight poverty worldwide.
Global Poverty Project is a non-profit organization that works with NGOs, world leaders, and business leaders to pass and advocate policies that would help the poor, and reduce economic inequality around the world.
The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will be streamed on MSNBC, YouTube, NBC, iHeartRadio, BBC Worldwide, and Tidal.
For detailed instructions on applying for tickets, check out this video: