Recap: The Global Citizen Festival

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs onstage at The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to end extreme poverty – Show at Central Park on September 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the Global Citizen Festival)

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Global Poverty Project (GPP) hosted the Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn of New York’s iconic Central Park. The Global Citizen Festival, which celebrated achievements made towards ending extreme poverty in this generation, featured performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan, and a surprise appearance by John Legend.

Sixty-thousand people joined the socially conscious musicians, celebrities, leading NGO partners, dignitaries and philanthropists while millions viewed online. The Festival made history as the largest syndicated music charity webcast and broadcast, supported by Vividas, VEVO, YouTube, AOL/Huffington Post, Yahoo!, and Television partners included AXS TV, Palladia, Globo Brazil and Fuse.


It was a star studded event. Among the 60,000+ attendees were celebrities Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Chelsea Clinton, Selena Gomez for U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Legend, Sophia Bush for Pencils of Promise, Olivia Wilde for Half the Sky Movement, Lauren Bush Lauren for World Food Program, Colin Hanks, Katharine McPhee for Malaria No More, Erin Heatherton, Petra Nemcova, Karolina Kurkova, among others.

The Global Citizen Festival was produced by AEG Network Live and delivered by AEG Digital Media.


Guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

PARTNERS: The Pratt Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital for Good, The Sumner M. Redstone Foundation ,The Earth Institute, World Food Program USA, Pencils of Promise, The Global Partnership for Education, Half the Sky Movement, Rotary International, World Vision, Malaria No More, Earth Day Network and U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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