The inaugural Essence Festival Durban, will be held November 8–13, 2016. The first-ever Essence Festival Durban—the sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans—will feature international performers, world-renowned speakers and local artists. The Essence Festival Durban will follow the format of the annual New Orleans event, presenting international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. With nearly 500,000 annual attendees, the Essence Festival in New Orleans is an institution of reverence for black culture. The Essence Festival in Durban will connect global communities of women, establishing an international forum of love and celebration of black culture.
Tuesday – Thursday, November 8-10th: will focus on the Durban Business Fair, a strategic programme initiated and managed by eThekwini Municipality under the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit to ensure that businesses, particularly small, medium and micro enterprises (“SMMEs”), remain an active part of the City’s economy. The activities include Business Connect sessions (interactive dialogues with established businesses and networks), Business Perfect (addressing soft skills), Trade Networking Sessions (enterprise and supplier development opportunities), Speed Marketing (business sales and generating deals), business seminars/conference (empowering businesses with knowledge and information; and imparting skills) and trainings (capacity building). Thursday will also feature an international press conference inviting media from across the globe to an interactive presentation of the weeks’ activities.
Friday – Sunday, November 11-13th: will present the traditional Essence Festival format: o Daytime: with free inspirational and entertaining programming at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (“Durban ICC”) and the adjacent Exhibition Center during the day. Free music performances featuring established and emerging local artists, and culturally-rich programming showcasing local beauty and fashion, food, art, books and other entrepreneurs will also be featured. The critically acclaimed Empowerment Experience will be mounted during the day where celebrated speakers and thinkers engage in thought-provoking conversations.
Evening: The celebrated concert series will be featured Saturday evening with the largest international R&B, soul and hip hop artists, culminating with a Get Lifted concert on Sunday evening. Tbo Touch speaking opportunities would include the following:
WHAT: Empowerment Stage - DATE: Friday, 11 November, 2016, TIME: 10h30 – 11h00, VENUE: Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (“Durban ICC”), GUEST CALIBER: Open to the Durban citizens, International Representatives, and the Durban Business Community at large, particularly those in the entertainment space.