Photography By: Al Nicoll Photography
On the 02nd November 2016, The Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumde officially opened the Essence Festival in Durban. Selected media and press were invited to take part in the official event, a historic one to note.
The festival opened with, The Head of Durban Tourism, Phillip Sithole welcoming the guests and media alike. Several of the artists taking part in this years Essence Festival were at the event as well, which was a wonderful addition to the networking opportunities on the day.
Friend, artist and local musician Raheem Kemet was in attendance, along with Liam & Jane from Veranda Panda, and Holly from HollyMusicSA. These are some cool cats, you need to go and follow them on social media and follow their adventure at the #EssenceFestDBN this coming week.
With the whole of South Africa in Essence Mode, you may be asking yourself, what is this EssenceFestDBN hashtag that you’re seeing everywhere? How is it that Essence is being advertised on TV as SA’s biggest festival in 2016? And why are all these International Artists descending on Durban shores?
Well the Essence Festival originated in New Orleans, and for the first time ever is leaving the United States to be hosted in South Africa. With a large focus on empowering women, local musicians, fitness and a healthy lifestyle, the Essence Festival caters to a wide range of people, who are looking to attend and event that is both educational and fun.
This festival is one of the biggest events hosted in Southern Africa this year, with a MASS of international, visitors, speakers and attendees expected in the coming week.
The Mayoral event was well presented with welcome cocktails, and light snacks served during the event, as well as many interviews and photo opportunities that were encouraged by the Essence organizers.
“As you can see, we had a little fun”.
I am proud to announce that I am one of the Official Essence Media Content Producers this year, along with business partner Al Nicoll and below, fellow photographer Jay Royce and Radio and Lifestyle Personality Maria Vkatz!
I look forward to bringing all the activities to you live with our team, on the scene all week long. We will be covering every aspect of this years Essence Festival in my home city of Durban, South Africa. So be sure to follow us on our social media pages and watch this space, as we bring you all the live content!
This video of my home city, shot by Kierran Allen, is one of the best photographic and visual showcases of our beautiful city. *Don’t worry it gives me goosebumps too*
So if you’re wondering what to do next week, or where to go. My advice is attend as many of the Essence Festival activates, and events that you can. The events will run through out next week, during the whole day at various venues.
You can have a look at the Essence Festival Pre-Schedule by clicking this highlighted link. And explore more of the information on the event on their website.
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And As Always….