The 2015 Global Citizen Festival

Celebrities, politicians and musicians from all over the world came together for the Global Citizen Festival. This festival promotes global development and addresses serious issues that are faced today around the world; refugee crisis,lack of education, climate changes etc.

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What better way to raise awareness than with some of the biggest in the music industry collaborating to shed light on these issues? Thousands of people came out to party on The Great Lawn in Central Park and by pledging to take part in the “action journey” fans were able to get free tickets. Emcees for the night were Hugh Jackman and Stephen Colbert.


Coldplay kicked off the festival with some of their latest songs. They even had a surprise for everyone, Ariana Grande! They sang the duet “Just a Little Bit of My Heart” written by Harry Styles. Other musical performers were Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Common along with Sting, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam.

The audience was graced with the presence of Selma Hayek, Leonardo DiCaprio, Big Bird, Joe Biden, Sophia Bush, Katie Holmes, Kajol, Olivia Wilde, Kerri Washington, Frieda Pinto, Usher, Malala Yousafzai and many more. Beyoncé also surprised everyone by introducing a very special guest, First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama took the stage to announce the launch of the 62 Million Girls campaign, which raises awareness for the 62 million girls worldwide that lack access to education.


What a night! I am proud to have witnessed over 60,000 global citizens coming together to be the first generation to put an end to extreme poverty.

About author


Melissa Kalloo is a television personality and Fashion Reporter/ journalist for over two years and has interviewed some of the top celebrities in the entertainment industry. She has covered many red carpets, New York Fashion Week, food events, movie premieres and many more. She’s had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Dr. Oz, Ice-T, Coco, William Shatner and the list goes on. Over the years, Melissa has competed in many pageants such as the Miss American Princess when she was 5 years old, the Miss New York USA, along with NY Perfect Miss pageant. She believes there should be a good balance in life; she didn’t want to be any other television host, she wanted more. She lives by the motto, “It’s important to believe in yourself, even when others might not see your dreams and following your heart because anything is possible. No one can tell you otherwise!”
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