Durban to host ‘biggest’ festival

2016-11-08 06:00

THE inaugural Essence Festival Durban will begin in eThekwini on 8 to 13 November.

The week opens with a ticketed Durban Business Fair, a business conference from 8 to 9 November. The conference aims to promote radical economic transformation agenda and will include revered business personalities, including Phuthi Mahanyele, Thina Maziya, Busi Skenjana, Ipileng Mkhari, Mzwanele Manyi, Kenyan business woman Tabitha M. Karanja, Bethlemen Tilahun Alemui from Ethiopia and more.
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This will be followed by The Women’s Economic Empowerment Breakfast that takes place on 10 November, with a focus on enhancing the economic empowerment of women through the transformation and the breaking of business rules in previously male-dominated industries. Keynote speakers include media mogul, philanthropist and business woman, Basetsana Khumalo, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, Vanessa De Luca and Yoliswa Gumede, founder and owner of Cappenny Estate.
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From 11 to 13 November, the Essence Live Experiences will be at the Durban ICC and Durban Exhibition Centre respectively. This is a free-entry activity.
Events taking place at the ICC open to the public are the ARTiculate Africa Book & Art Affair and Book Fair, which will include African visual artists and authors -Gcina Mhlophe and Achmat Dangor, the Empowerment stage, the Beauty and Style exhibition, Essence Eats and Flavours of Durban culinary demonstrations, which will feature Durban’s popular restaurants as well as gourmet dishes from New Orleans chef, Chef JR from New York and Chef Lungile from Durban, to name a few.
The empowerment stage will feature the world's most inspiring thought leaders, business influencers and life coaches, who will engage with audiences on critical life lessons.
The marquee names will feature Reverend Al Sharpton, a high-profile American Civil Rights Act, a trusted White House adviser, and founder and president of the National Action Network.
He will be joined by other international guests American TV talk show host, Steve Harvey, U.S. singer, Estelle, Kelly Price, a six-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter, and Phaedra Parks, an American entertainment attorney and TV producer.
Joining the distinguished panel is Executive Chairman of Venture Capital and Private Equity, Vusi Thembekwayo, Pastor Thomas Radebe, Thando Zungu and Basetsana Kumalo.
The lifestyle and wellness experience features fitness workouts from celebrity fitness experts as well as healthy living tips designed to help patriots live a well-balanced life.
Fitness fanatics can also come and enjoy a day of aerobics on 11 November at New Beach as fitness instructors, Shaun T, Somizi Mhlongo, Sibahle Mpisane and others, will alternate in conducting various forms of exercise while imparting valuable health and fitness advise.
This will be followed by various presentations at the Lifestyle & Wellness Pavilion at the Durban Exhibition Centre, from a Nike fitness instructor, Deanna Jefferson and fomer Banyana Banyana player, Amanda Dlamini.
In addition, the Durban Exhibition Centre will also feature a Music and Entertainment stage, Tech Zone, International Pavilion, Essence Eats and Flavours of Durban and a Money and Power pavilion.
Gospel music lovers will enjoy the Gospel Icons Discovery finale, which will be held on Sunday, 13 November at Ohlange Sports Ground, Inanda.
The winner from this competition will later perform with Yolanda Adams at the Gospel All Stars Concert.
Judges to this competition include Yolanda Adams, Mthunzi Namba and Thokozani Ndlovu.
The festival will close off the festivities with three ticketed music concerts beginning with an Essence All Star Jazz Concert at the Playhouse on Friday, 11 November, the Essence All Star Music Festival on Saturday, 12 November and the Essence All Star Gospel Concert on Sunday, 13 November at the stadium.
Tickets from Computicket at R120.
Road closure due to the festival being hosted at both the ICC and Durban Exhibition Centre, Walnut Road will be closed to traffic from 3 to 16 November. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes. - Supplied.

The conference aims to promote radical economic transformation agenda and will include revered business personalities, including Phuthi Mahanyele, Thina Maziya, Busi Skenjana, Ipileng Mkhari, Mzwanele Manyi, Kenyan business woman Tabitha M. Karanja, Bethlemen Tilahun Alemui from Ethiopia and more.

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