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The Best Photos From Global Citizen 2018 Festivals and Events

Global Citizens came together across the globe in 2018 to take action and envision a world without extreme poverty. The year started off strong with Global Citizen Live events in London and Vancouver in the spring, showcasing performances by talented singers like Emeli Sandé and The Elwins.

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In September, the Global Citizen Festival in New York brought together activists and fans of Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, The Weeknd, and Janet Jackson in Central Park. Tens of thousands of attendees sprawled across the Great Lawn as major gender equality and education commitments were made.

To top off the year, thousands attended the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the end of his centenary year. A plane flyover kicked off the festivities at FNB stadium, and Trevor Noah hosted the action-packed day, which included moving words from world leaders and influential figures like Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Oprah Winfrey. The crowd’s energy was contagious as they cheered and danced to Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest, and other artists between impactful speeches delivered by world leaders, the Mandela family, and more.

See the best photos that captured these highlights below.


Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

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A general view of the FNB Stadium before the start of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Mpumelelo Macu for Global Citizen
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Guests in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gulshan Khan for Global Citizen
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Attendees dance in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Barry Christianson for Global Citizen

 

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Soweto Gospel Choir perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen
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Sho Madjozi performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gulshan Khan for Global Citizen

 

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Usher performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Pharrell Williams performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jodi Windvogel for Global Citizen

 

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The Global Citizen plane does a flyover over FNB Stadium during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gulshan Khan for Global Citizen
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Attendees cheer in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Barry Christianson for Global Citizen

 

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Attendees at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gulshan Khan for Global Citizen

 

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Danai Gurira speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Jay Breeze and Tiwa Savage perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jodi Windvogel for Global Citizen

 

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Tumi Sisulu (C) speaks onstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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D’banj performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Zama Mandela (C) and other members of the Mandela family speak on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Guests in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Kgomotso Neto for Global Citizen

 

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Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg (R) presents Graca Machel (L) with the inaugural Global Citizen Prize for World Leader, on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: emal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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WizKid performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gulshan Khan for Global Citizen

 

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Ed Sheeran performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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Cassper Nyovest performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Mpumelelo Macu for Global Citizen

 

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Oprah Winfrey speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

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A general view of the FNB Stadium during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Michelly Rall/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

Global Citizen Festival 2018 in NYC

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The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Mengwen Cao for Global Citizen

 

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Janelle Monáe performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen

 

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Attendees cheer in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 28, 2018 in New York City. Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen
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Attendees at the Global Citizen Festival 2018 in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen

 

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Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Mengwen Cao for Global Citizen

 

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Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Mengwen Cao for Global Citizen

 

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A little girl reacts to a performance at the Global Citizen Festival 2018 in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Mohamed Sadek for Global Citizen

 

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Janelle Monáe performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen

 

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The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Image: Mengwen Cao for Global Citizen

 

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Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen

 

 

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Image: Kholood Eid for Global Citizen

 

 

1043271620.jpgJanet Jackson performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City.
Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

GC Week, New York City

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Image: Maegan Gindi for Global Citizen

 

 

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Image: Maegan Gindi for Global Citizen

 

 

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Image: Jeenah Moon for Global Citizen

 

 

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Image: Jeenah Moon for Global Citizen

 

1038083954.jpgNaomi Wadler accepts the Legend Award onstage during Global Citizen Week: The Spirit Of A Movement at Riverside Church on Sept. 22, 2018 in New York City.
Image: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen

 

 

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Image: Jeenah Moon for Global Citizen

 

 

Maimouna Youssef performs onstage during Global Citizen Week: At What Cost? at The Apollo Theater on Sept. 23, 2018 in New York City.
Maimouna Youssef performs onstage during Global Citizen Week: At What Cost? at The Apollo Theater on Sept. 23, 2018 in New York City. Image: Jeenah Moon for Global Citizen

 

 

Attendees listen to the speakers onstage during Global Citizen Week: At What Cost? at The Apollo Theater on September 23, 2018 in New York City.
Attendees listen to the speakers onstage during Global Citizen Week: At What Cost? at The Apollo Theater on September 23, 2018 in New York City. Image: Jeenah Moon for Global Citizen

 

Global Citizen Live in London

Little Simz performs on stage for Global Citizen Live London, at the O2 Academy Brixton on April 17, 2018 in London, England.
Little Simz performs on stage for Global Citizen Live London, at the O2 Academy Brixton on April 17, 2018 in London, England. Image: Emma Viola Lilja for Global Citizen

 

 

Emeli Sandé performs on stage for Global Citizen Live London, at the O2 Academy Brixton on April 17, 2018 in London, England.
Emeli Sandé performs on stage for Global Citizen Live London, at the O2 Academy Brixton on April 17, 2018 in London, England. Image: Emma Viola Lilja for Global Citizen

 

 

Global Citizen Live in Vancouver

The Elwins at Global Citizen Live Vancouver.
The Elwins at Global Citizen Live Vancouver. Image: Rebecca Blissett for Global Citizen

 

 

A scene at Global Citizen Live Vancouver on April 12 at the Commodore Ballroom.
A scene at Global Citizen Live Vancouver on April 12 at the Commodore Ballroom. Image: Rebecca Blissett for Global Citizen

 

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