Essence has just released huge news! They’ve partnered with eThekwini Municipality to host the Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa in 2016 and 2017.
Here’s more info from the official release:
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. The event will bring exciting and informative ideas to equip small businesses through empowerment seminars across various sectors including career guidance workshops and other empowerment initiatives aimed at the youth.
“We are delighted to partner with the vibrant city of Durban to launch the Essence Festival globally in South Africa,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Hosting our first international Essence Festival in Durban purposefully extends our mission to convene the diaspora around shared aspirations.”
Mayor Nxumalo said the city of Durban had made waves internationally in the past two years by hosting a number of high profile events, which will now include the Essence Festival to further cement Durban as a choice international destination. Nxumalo said the Essence partnership would continue to focus on the development of women and youth in business. A number of women-owned businesses will be selected to trade at the Festival which will boost their profile and drive sales for the company.
Read the more details here on the Essence website.
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