Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and WizKid may be 7 reasons to get down to the Global Citizen Festival happening on the 2 December but we also have 7 other things you need to know…


Since 2012, 14.2 million actions by Global Citizens have helped generate commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion. These commitments are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people with interventions that range from vaccinating a child to providing one year of education. These things will ultimately help these individuals to lift themselves out of poverty.

Global Citizens’ actions are helping to end extreme poverty by 2030 as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Global Citizen works across the 17 Global Goals including Food and Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Girls and Women, the Environment, Health and Finance and Innovation. You can find more information about The Global Goals here.

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, will be an all-day festival full of surprises!

Gates open at 11a.m. and we have all sorts of exciting goings-on lined up to keep you entertained during the day; as if the lineup and incredible commitments to ending extreme poverty weren’t enough.

A reminder that there will be no camping allowed outside the FNB Stadium the night before, but we’ve got loads of treats for the early-arrivals to give you a reason to leave the house in good time.

1. No spoilers…

But, a major artist (we’re mentioning no names) will be opening the show with a never-before-seen collaboration that you seriously won’t want to miss just because you’re stuck in a queue at the security checkpoint.

2. There will be road closures

You can find out about all the best ways to get to the FNB stadium here, but it’s always good to leave plenty of time for your journey to make sure you’re not stuck in a traffic jam while your favourite act is singing their heart out — or while world leaders are making incredible commitments towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.

3. Security

To make sure we keep you all safe and secure, so you can concentrate on enjoying the show, there will be tight security at the venue.

That means bag checks and security searches (find out more here), which do take time. So make sure you don’t bring any unnecessary items (i.e: sharp objects, glass bottles, alcohol, cooler boxes, cameras and recording equipment, illegal substances, food etc) Only a small bag (15cm x 20cm) will be allowed per person.

You can beat the queue by being one of the first at the stadium when the gates open at 11a.m.

4. Surprise ticket upgrades

Yep, you heard us right — those in their seats between 12p.m. and 2p.m. could receive one of the hundreds of on-the-day ticket upgrades we’ll be giving away. It would mean you’d get some of the best views of the stage in the whole venue!

5. Unique entertainment

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be so much more than what’s going on on stage. There will also be unique art installations, food, drink, and so much more, from the second the gates open.

6. We’re breaking all the rules

This is not a normal concert, and we’re not going to be following the normal rules.
The beginning of the event will be just as exciting as the end, so make sure you don’t miss a moment.

7. Free travel!

Stay tuned to find out more information on how early birds can get to the festival for free.

7 things you need to know about the South African Global Citizen Festival!

Sources: Global Citizen 
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