Hugh Jackman and Stephen Colbert have been announced as some of the big name hosts of next month’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

The Global Citizen Festival, which was launched in 2012 as part of 15 year campaign to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, made the announcement via its website on Thursday morning (August 13th).

Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Deborra-Lee Furness, Jackman’s wife, have also been confirmed as emcees for the free-ticket event which takes place in Central Park on September 26th this year.

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman is among the high-profile hosts of Global Citizen Festival 2015

Musical performers include Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Pearl Jam and Beyonce. This year, an organisation called Chime For Change, organised by Hayek, Beyonce and fashion label Gucci, has teamed up with Global Citizen in order to raise awareness more specifically among women and girls.

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Colbert, the new host of CBS’ ‘The Late Show’ next month following David Letterman’s retirement, said in a video statement with Jackman via FaceTime link-up: “I am honored and thrilled to join Global Citizen in urging world leaders to commit to ending extreme poverty. Finally, all that U.N. traffic will have a purpose!” Jackman joked that he would at last “get to realize my lifelong dream of dancing in the mosh pit with Ban Ki-Moon [U.N. Secretary General].”

High-profile actress and renowned activist Kerry Washington said: “I am very excited to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival and to join in this movement calling for an end to extreme poverty so that our future generations can live in a more just and equal world.”

48,000 tickets are available for the event, and are free to those who sign up via the Global Citizen website and give some of their time to engage to help raise awareness, by using social media, signing petitions to business and political leaders and so on.

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