The inaugural Essence Festival Durban will take place on the 8 to 13 November 2016 at one of the city’s iconic attractions, the Durban ICC and Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will feature distinguished authors i.e. Gcina Mhlophe and Achmat Dangor; international inspirational speakers i.e. Steve Harvey, singer/songwriters Kelly Price, Estelle and distinguished civil rights activist, community leader and television/radio host Rev. Al Sharpton and local visual artists from across the continent.
The festival will deliver an all-encompassing lifestyle and empowerment experience which will include a beauty and lifestyle expo featuring designers from across the continent showcasing and selling their products. The Arts, Craft and Design pavilion will showcase some of the best visual arts South Africa and the African continent has to offer, while all attending will also be treated to the different culinary tastes on offer. The money and technology colloquium, including the Durban Business Fair will act as a catalyst for business development.
Entry to some of the lifestyle and business exhibitions is free and open to the public with the exception to the below mentioned shows:
• Durban Business Fair – 8 November 2016
• Durban Business Fair – 9 November 2016
• Women empowerment Breakfast – 10 November 2016
• Music concert (All Africa Stars and US Artists) – 12 November 2016
• Music concert (Gospel; US +Local + Emerging Gospel Winner) – 13 November 2016
The two music concerts taking place on 12 and 13 November at the Moses Mabhida Stadium will be headlined by performers such as DJ Black Coffee, Big Nuz, Babes Wodumo, DJ Zinhle, Wizkid from Nigeria, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams and many more.
The public is invited to attend the following events free of charge:
• Entertainment Workshop (All aspects of Entertainment production & industry) – 10 November 2016
• Empowerment Stage – 11 & 12 November 2016
• Cultural Economy Exhibitions – 11, 12 & 13 November 2016
• Gospel Focused Empowerment Stage – 13 November 2016
• GOSPEL I.D. in Townships – 13 November 2016