Sister Event to Essence Festival New Orleans to Feature International
Performers, World-Renowned Speakers and Local Artists
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence today announced that the inaugural
Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa, will be held November 8–13,
2016. The first-ever Essence Festival Durban—the sister event to the
annual Essence Festival New Orleans, which will take place
June 30–July 3, 2016—will feature international performers,
world-renowned speakers and local artists.
“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
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 support small
businesses through empowerment seminars across various sectors,
including career guidance workshops and other initiatives aimed at youth.
Ethekwini 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.
“This partnership will have a host of benefits for residents, starting
with the Durban Business Fair program, which strives to connect local
businesses globally. We have no doubt that through the festival jobs
will be created and our cultural economy enhanced,” Mayor Nxumalo said.
For more information, visit www.essence.com.
ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence
Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series,
Essence.com and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).
For 45 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been
the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions
relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional
information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.
ABOUT TIME INC.
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,
with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide
digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each
month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include
People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern
Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.