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Global Citizen Festival 2017

Every year Global Citizen hosts a music festival that benefits the good deeds of people who help heal the world and who try to end world poverty. This year was special and emotional because of all the hurricanes that ravaged the south. Global Citizen’s main goal is to end poverty by 2030 by making the world a healthy and green place for all people. This years Global Citizen Music Festival had musical performers including The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Alessia Cara, Andra Day, Pharrell Williams, The Lumineers, Green Day and the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Other highlights included Demi Lovato being announced as the new mental health ambassador for Global Citizen. Demi Lovato tweeted expressing her gratitude for becoming ambassador. Lovato tweeted, “It’s an honor to be the new Mental Health Ambassador for @glbctzn. Excited for the pilot program planned with @SavetheChildren in Iraq!”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Singer Demi Lovato speaks onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Demi Lovato

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Singer Demi Lovato speaks onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Demi Lovato

 Alessia Cara opened the special festival by performing her motivational songs such as, “Scars To Your Beautiful” and “Here.” After Cara performed, The Killers took the stage. The Las Vegas band performed their mega hits , “When You Were Young” and “Mr. Brightside,” as well as a few fan favorites such as “Read My Mind.”
Another killer performer was the one and only Andra Day. Andra Day took the stage with her powerful, raspy voice singing her inspiring song “Rise Up.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Andra Day performs onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Andra Day

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Andra Day performs onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Andra Day

The Chainsmokers also performed as well. The Chainsmokers performed their dance hits like “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Closer,” and “Something Like This.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers performs onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Andrew Taggart

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers performs onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Andrew Taggart

Before the wonderful Stevie Wonder performed, Green Day performed . It was amazing to see how their music brought people together to have a good time. One song in particular, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” inspired the crowd of 60,000 people to get their phones out and turn on their flash lights. This made Central Park light up in peace and harmony.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Festivalgoers attend the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Festivalgoers attend the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Ending the festival was the legend himself, Stevie Wonder. Wonder performed his classic song, “Isn’t She Lovely”. This prompted Stevie Wonder’s daughter to join him on the stage sitting on the piano bench next to him. He had written this song for her when she was born.  Wonder also performed his hits “Superstition,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Stevie Wonder; Kwame Morris

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Stevie Wonder; Kwame Morris

He even surprised the audience by having Pharrell Williams out on stage to perform, “Get Lucky” and “Happy.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder perform  onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Pharrell Williams; Stevie Wonder

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen) *** Local Caption *** Pharrell Williams; Stevie Wonder

The whole day was full of important information, tips, and advice on what we can do to end world poverty. You can visit their website, https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/ for more information and tips on how you can help change the world.

 

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