The 2013 Global Citizen Festival was held in NYC’s Central Park over the weekend and drew celebrities and 60,000 fans to the event. The music festival is in its second year and is linked to the Global Poverty Project, which is working towards ending extreme poverty by 2030. This year they teamed up with the Cotton On Foundation to stage the festival, which meant one of their Australian ambassadors, Lara Bingle, attended the event in the midst of shooting a new Cotton On campaign in the Big Apple. She wasn’t the only Aussie there, though, as her friend Natalie Imbruglia showed her support, as did Sam Worthington and androgynous model Andrej Pejić. Princess Mary also addressed the festivalgoers.
There were plenty more big names and acts who took to the stage to excite the crowd, including Bono, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, Olivia Wilde, John Mayer and Gerard Butler. When she performed her song “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” Alicia dedicated it to “all the children of the world who might have to sleep with a broken heart.” To coincide with the NYC main event, Melbourne’s Palais Theatre also hosted a sister festival on Sunday with live performances from Evermore and New Empire.