Essence Festival Durban- What To Expect


It’s finally the week of the Essence Festival in Durban and it’s going to be quite exciting. We are expecting a lot of international celebrities and personalities and of course our local personalities as well. This festival kicked off on such a high note last year, with Steve Harvey and Tina Knowles headlining the program. The music concert brought in Neyo and some of our favourite African artists.

The core focus of the festival is about empowerment by enabling emerging entrepreneurs access market opportunities, with this year’s theme being “Firing Africa with Inspiration”

The 2017 program is promising more content that will be educating, uplifting and inspiring a lot of small businesses in a spectrum of industries. Should you still need more convincing as to why you need to attend, then read on. Best part everything we have listed is free entrance!

The Durban Business Fair Exhibition

The Fair is one of innovative economic development programme hosted by the City’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit to ensure that small and medium businesses remain an active and are included in the radical economic participation of the City’s economy.

Art’s Books and Market Experience

This programme aims to engage professionals, the public, traders as well as literature and visual arts enthusiasts on industry best practices through informative conversations around its positioning as the leading hub for the development of Africa’s knowledge production industries, which include visual arts, books and new media.

Beauty and Style Expo

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.

Tech Zone

The ESSENCE Festival Durban Tech Zone is open to anyone interested in learning about new technology, building their business skills and networking with fellow innovators. Expect to be inspired, invigorated and empowered. There will be masterclasses where you will learn best practices, strategies and ideas you can implement today. They have a cool line up of speakers!

Property Expo

In partnership with the Essence Festival of Durban, the Independent HOME Property Summit & Expo is a new and exciting showcase previously unavailable to the Durban market.

It’s an unmissable event for those in the property industry, prospective local and international buyers and investors.

How Exhibitors and Delegates stand to benefit from participating in the Summit & Expo:

GAIN INSIGHT into how technology, social and economic changes are driving real estate, one of the fastest growing industries.
ENGAGE with experts, policy makers and government to find new solutions to industry challenges.
SELL and build brand awareness among new and existing clients. The expo is an international platform for property industry sellers and solution providers to interact with buyers and improve their experience.
CONNECT with key industry players from government, property professionals, investors, developers, buyers and sellers.
COLLABORATE for change. As a business-focused event, the expo aims to create an enabling environment.
ESTABLISH your brand as a thought leader through active participation in South Africa’s premier property Summit & Expo. Opportunities include branding at key conference halls and tailor-made discussion topics. Essence Eats and Flavors of Durban

You can view their full program HERE.

Essence Eats

Taste the flavours of Durban and see celebrity chefs prepare their specialty dishes

Lifestyle and Wellness Experience

Featuring fitness workouts from celebrity fitness experts, and healthy living tips designed to help you lead your happiest life.

Empowerment Stage

The empowerment stage will have a long list of international and local entrepreneurs and celebrities sharing inspiring words around different topics.

Centre Stage

This is your entertainment stage with musical performances all day long and cool giveaways!



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