Hamburg to host the Global Citizen Festival this summer


The Global Citizen Festival is heading to Hamburg this summer, right ahead of the G20 Summit.

What is Global Citizen?

Global citizen is a social action platform made of citizens from all over the world who want to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Using their platform, you can learn more about international issues, take action on what matters most to you and join of a community of like-minded people who want to make a change.

Since 2012, the initiative has grown to millions of Global Citizens from all over the world – taking more than six million actions, such as emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls to the world’s leaders. To date, these actions, along with efforts made from advocacy groups and Global Citizen’s partners have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders. This included more than €25.6 billion in investment that is set to affect the lives of more than 650 million people across the globe.

What is the Global Citizen Festival?

The festival – which takes place regularly in cities throughout the world – features major artists such as Herbert Grönemeyer, Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, and Ellie Goulding and more. This year, the festival will be held on July 6 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

Members of the Global Citizenship community can attend the show for free, but first they have to sign up to take action and earn one of the 9,000 tickets available. The first round just took place March 14. Learn more about it here.

Why Hamburg?

Of all the cities throughout the globe, why is the festival in Hamburg? Quite simply the G20 Summit will take place in Hamburg this year.

“In bringing the Global Citizen Festival to Germany for the first time we are calling on the G20 to commit to make a lasting difference for education, health, development assistance, and the global refugee crisis,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. “Global Citizens believe we don’t have to accept these issues as beyond our capacity to fix, and with the support of the international community and our partners convened in Hamburg in July, we will make a lasting impact for generations to come.”

This is where world leaders come together to discuss progress on global goals setup to end extreme poverty. Other issues include: the refugee crisis, education, women’s empowerment, health and water & sanitation.

According to Grönemeyer – one of Germany’s most famous artists today:

“Unifying our efforts will help to make our goals of eradicating extreme poverty, improving global access to drinking water and vaccinations, as well as continuously reducing social inequality a tangible possibility for the foreseeable future. A start has already been made and against all odds people who see themselves as global citizens of one world act alongside one another in order to get there. It feels good to ACT.”