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anet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, The Weeknd to headline 2018 Global Citizen Festival


Solaiman FazelJanet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Cardi B, and Janelle Monáe will headline the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, taking place in New York City’s Central Park on September 29.

John Legend will also perform as a “special guest,” while Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness will host for the fifth year. Also appearing at the free-ticketed event: Black Panther star Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan.

To attend the show, visit, download the Global Citizen app and start taking action to earn Festival Points.  These actions include sending tweets and emails or calling leaders and asking them to commit to Global Citizen’s main issues: fighting extreme poverty, preserving the environment, providing proper health care for women and children worldwide, and education for all. 

Once you earn enough points, you’ll be entered into a drawing for tickets; you’ll be notified by Global Citizen if you’re chosen.

In a statement, The Weeknd said, “It is invaluable to be in a position where I can use my voice to help the millions of people in need. I am honored to align myself with Global Citizen in the fight to end world poverty.”

Shawn Mendes added, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. It’s an honor to be able to use my platform and music to help those in the world who need it most.”

And John Legend said, in part, “I believe we need to look at human beings across the world as our brothers and sisters and do everything we can do to end extreme poverty to make life more livable. We are more powerful when we come together like this.”

The festival will be livestreamed on Twitter, YouTube, MSNBC and

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