NEW YORK, (CelebrityAccess) — International advocacy organization Global Citizen announced that Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, John Legend and Janelle Monáe will perform at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.
The free-ticketed event will take place in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday, September 29, 2018, and is intended to raise awareness of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and its bid to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s Festival is a continuation of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign; a series of global events honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness return as lead hosts for the 5th year. Co-hosts will include Camren Bicondova, Cynthia Erivo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Gus Kenworthy, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell, and Rachel Brosnahan.
Live Nation return for the third consecutive year as the production partner for the event.
For the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner and will broadcast live from Central Park on over 150 radio stations across the U.S. and streamed on the iHeartRadio app. The festival will also be broadcast by MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal.