Who runs the world? ESSENCE Festival! Our big event, long a summer tradition in New Orleans, will be expanding to the international stage with the Second annual ESSENCE Festival in Durban, South Africa Nov. 8-13.
ESSENCE Durban, the sister festival to our Fourth of July weekend extravaganza in NOLA, will showcase international perfomers, world-famous speakers, and local artists and experts. It will also pump up small businesses through empowerment seminars, career-guidance workshops and other programming.
ESSENCE Festival Expands to Durban, South Africa!
"New Orleans and Durban are sister cities, and we are thrilled to present these sister festivals—both in 2016," said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. "As ESSENCE converges on Durban during South Africa's beautiful summer season, we are creating a week-long experience that will inspire women globally and convene our communities across the diaspora."
Passion. Inspiration. Power. Combine these elements and you have the Essence Festival Durban 2017. Across the board of activities, whether you’re there to admire the arts, crafts and cuisine, fashion, etc. on display by the capable people behind them (Passion), or to browse, listen to achievers during the talking heads sessions or the entertainment (Inspiration), or even receive career guidance and business advice as a young, up and coming entrepreneur (Power), these three key words sum up what it is that you can take out from this amazing experience in a contemporary, Afropolitan environment.
Essence Festival is broken up into 7 parts, each playing a crucial role.
Money + Power Showcase
The Durban Business Fair features the Durban Business Conference, Trade Networking, the Women Economic Empowerment breakfast, The Property Summit, Entrepreneur Master Classes and the Durban Business Fair. The fair will provide businesses an opportunity to network and meet potential buyers, from both local and international markets. For more info visit www.dbnbusinessfair.com
Music and Entertainment
Essence Festival has it all: welcome parties, concerts featuring the Essence All Star, Essence All Star Gospel, entertainment workshops, and a free Centre Stage with live music and entertainment performances and interviews at the Durban ICC and Durban Exhibition Centre
Fashion, Beauty and Style
Pamper yourself with fashion and beauty makeovers and showcases and make sure to visit the Durban Fashion Fair Pop-Up Shops and fashion show. Designers from across the continent will be showcasing and selling their products.
Lifestyle & Wellness Experience
Experience the property expo, travel advice and Essence Fitness at Durban’s finest beach, which features fitness workouts from celebrity fitness experts, and healthy living tips designed to help you lead your happiest life. For more info on Property Expo visit Url to be provided by IMG
Taste the Flavours of Durban and see celebrity chefs prepare their specialty dishes. Also featuring cuisine for Durban Sister Cities.
Arts, Crafts & Culture
The Durban ARTiculate - Art and Book Fair is a top cultural destination. Come enjoy demonstrations and celebrate cultural authenticity and shop at the Essence Festival Durban Market.
The Technology & Innovation Pavilion will be front and center to continue the commitment in supporting the technology development and career ambition of the audience. A zone with technology SMMEs, during Festival weekend, learn about local and community technical organizations in the Durban Exhibition Center. Explore what these organizations are doing to advance technology.