Things to Know About the Global Citizen Festival


So, in just a few days, Sunday Dec. 02 to be exact, the Global Citizen Festival will be gracing the South African, Johannesburg shores.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be lighting up the Global Citizen Festival stage, and perform for the first time together in South Africa.

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Usher, Ed Sheeran, Sho Madjozi, Casper Nyovest and many others will share the stage in celebration of former President Nelson Mandela’s centenary at the FNB Stadium, starting at 11:00 so, get there on time..

The festival, will be hosted and presented by The Motsepe Foundation, as part of a movement aimed at ending poverty in the world.

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As you may know by now, most of the tickets cannot be purchased, but instead are earned through action that will impact communities.



  • A major artist, who is yet to be revealed, will be opening the show with a never-before-seen collaboration.
  • Your ticket could get upgraded! If you are in your seat between 12:00-14:00, you could receive one of the hundreds of on-the-day ticket upgrades that will be given away.



There will be road closures, meaning you won’t be able to approach the FNB Stadium from the North on Nasrec Road from the N17 offramp off the N1, as this will be closed, except for accredited vehicles. The Soweto Highway and the Golden Highway will both also be closed for all vehicle traffic.

Everyone is encouraged to use designated transport services such as; pre-booked park and rides from various locations or pre-booked parking spaces at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, both available from Computicket; the Gautrain; and Uber to the drop-off and collection area on Nasrec 5 Road. Click here to find out more about the transport options and how you can get to the festival for free.

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  • Global Citizen and OkayAfrica are hosting The Next 100 Summit Powered by Forbes at The Venue at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg Nov. 29.
  • Celebrating Ubuntu: Photographer and influencer Bobo Matjila partnered with TEDx Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to Celebrate Ubuntu in South Africa, Dec. 02 as part of Mandela @ 100 Festival week, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 17:00 – 20:00.. The event will be two panel discussions about cultural preservation and the effects of whiteness on African artistry, featuring: Award Winning Photographer Trevor Stuurman, Musical Sensations Darkie Fiction and Young Paris of Roc Nation. It is open to the public with RSVP here.

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