New York’s annual concert to end poverty heads to Europe

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Global Citizen, New York’s annual concert that pushes for an end to extreme poverty, on Tuesday announced an expansion to Europe to press leaders at the G20 summit in Germany.

Rockers Coldplay will headline the free concert on July 6 in Hamburg along with pop singer Ellie Goulding, chart-topping electronic duo The Chainsmokers and one of Germany’s biggest stars, Herbert Gronemeyer.

Global Citizen, which has taken place since 2012 in Central Park as world leaders gather each September for the UN General Assembly, aims to build public support for foreign aid with an aim of eradicating the world’s most severe poverty.

The festival does not sell tickets, instead distributing them to people who take actions through Global Citizen such as sending letters to their governments.

Global Citizen said the Hamburg concert, for which it will hand out 9,000 tickets, would press the Group of 20 major economies to make firm commitments on supporting education, health and the planet’s millions of refugees.

The concert will also take a local focus by urging Germany to stay true to its foreign aid promises after its September 24 elections.

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