The Global Citizen Festival 2022 will officially begin on September 24, 2022, with the world’s greatest musicians, most inspiring leaders, and Global Citizens all coming together to empower girls and women, take climate change action, break down systemic barriers, and elevate activists and advocates.

The ambitious movement will have two events in New York City’s Central Park (presented by Citi and Cisco) and Accra, Ghana’s Black Star Square (presented by Harith General Partners).

History and significance

The Global Citizen Festival began in 2012 with the visionary goal of ending severe poverty and hunger.  A fantastic lineup of artists agreed to perform, and a variety of non-profit organisations take the stage every year and pledge to support social causes.

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The Global Citizen organisation was co-founded by Hugh Evans and Michael Sheldrick. Liza Henshaw is currently serving as the President of the organisation. According to their official website, Global Citizen has 30.4 million actions and has impacted over 1.15 billion lives worldwide. 

Global Citizen Festival, New York City

Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosala will perform at the Global Citizen Festival: NYC, which will be hosted by Bollywood superstar, filmmaker, writer, and Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas, with special guests including Angélique Kidjo and Billy Porter participating in the event. 

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Amber Ruffin, Andy Cohen, Antoni Porowski, Bill Nye, Chris Redd, Connie Britton, Jay Shetty, Katie Holmes, Misty Copeland, Rachel Brosnahan, Scott Evans, Tamron Hall, and Van Jones are among the prestigious presenters.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Central Park’s festivals. 

Global Citizen Festival: Accra 

In Ghana, the Global Citizen Festival: Accra will be organised by award-winning actor, scriptwriter, and activist Danai Gurira and will feature musical concerts from Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Uncle Waffles, and TEMS to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the country’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union.

Berla Mundi, Joselyn Dumas, Michaela Coel, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba are among the presenters.