Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde To Host Global Citizen Festival
August 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM (PT)
GLOBAL CITIZEN has announced that STEPHEN COLBERT, SALMA HAYEK PINAULT, DEBORRA LEE & HUGH JACKMAN, KERRY WASHINGTON and OLIVIA WILDE will appear as the lead hosts of the 2015 GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL, presented by GUCCI and CHIME FOR CHANGE. The free-ticketed concert, headlined by PEARL JAM, BEYONCE, ED SHEERAN and COLDPLAY, takes place on the GREAT LAWN of NEW YORK's CENTRAL PARK on SEPTEMBER 26th.
The hosts will encourage fans and friends to get involved with the GLOBAL CITIZEN movement and help end extreme poverty by 2030. Each host is committed to encouraging actions on GlobalCitizen.org, where fans can participate in the latest ACTION JOURNEY and enter the draw to win a pair of tickets to the FESTIVAL.
Since the headliner announcement in early JULY, nearly half a million actions have been taken on behalf of the world’s poor. Today’s official host announcement coincides with the next ACTION JOURNEY release, where global citizens will champion the importance of improving universal access to education, especially for girls and women by sending a voice message to Prime Minister ERNA SOLBERG of NORWAY, encouraging her to attend the FESTIVAL and make a commitment to universal education.
MSNBC returns as a media partner of the GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL for the second year, with WILLIE GEIST, JANET MOCK, THOMAS ROBERTS and ALEX WAGNER hosting the simulcast from 4-10p (ET). The YOUTUBE livestream will be hosted by ASAPSCIENCE and MATTHEW SANTORO on youtube.com/globalcitizen. TAMRON HALL will host NBC’s one-hour television special of the event, produced by director and screenwriter RICHARD CURTIS, to air on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th. A one-hour special of the FESTIVAL will also air on BBC ONE in the UK on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th and will be distributed globally through BBC WORLDWIDE.
Said STEPHEN COLBERT: “I am honored and thrilled to join GLOBAL CITIZEN in urging world leaders to commit to ending extreme poverty. Finally, all that U.N. traffic will have a purpose!”
For more information about the artists, schedules, and event, please visit www.globalcitizenfestival.com and follow @GlblCtzn TWITTER, FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM, using #GlobalCitizen.