Renowned entertainers, Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee, Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, will be the lead hosts of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival (GCF), a free-ticketed event that encourages the public to get involved with the Global Citizen movement and help end extreme poverty.
In a press release from Global Poverty Project, Colbert said that he is “honored and thrilled to join Global Citizen.”
“Finally, all that U.N. traffic will have a purpose,” the political satirist joked.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival and to join in this movement calling for an end to extreme poverty so that our future generations can live in a more just and equal world,” actress Kerry Washington said about hosting the Festival.
Coinciding with the announcement of the United Nations’ new Global Goals, GCF is timed to promote the fight against inequality, improve educational opportunities, help foster the growth of girls and women, endorse environmental protection and to end extreme poverty by 2030.
The concert event, which will take place on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City on Saturday, September 26, will be headlined by Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.
Willie Geist, Alex Wagner, Janet Mock, Thomas Roberts will host MSNBC’s live simulcast on TV and msnbc.com. Tamron Hall will host a one-hour TV special on Septmber 27 on NBC. Joining the cast of acclaimed hosts will also be YouTube stars, AsapSCIENCE and Matthrew Santoro, who will be hosting a YouTube livestream at youtube.com/globalcitizen.
To win a pair of tickets, one can complete “an action journey,” which are a series of actions designed to end extreme poverty. Actions can include signing a petition to reaching out to political leaders. Once the actions are completed, those who are interested can enter a draw. Winners will be informed via email when the names are drawn.
For those in the NYC area, another way to get tickets is to participate in msnbc’s Snap Challenge. Just follow msnbc on Snapchat at SHIFTMSNBC and tune in at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 17, to take place in a journey through Manhattan, which may end up in two free festival tickets. Full rules and regulations can be found here.