The Essence Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, widely known as Essence Fest and the party with a purpose, you will enjoy this fantastic weekend with an entertainment all access pass, you could enter the celeb zone where there will be live interviews, business ventures and career opportunities
Key-note speakers, black economic forums, panels, presentations, exhibitors and stalls, also meet & greets in the fan zone among other activities and learning experiences.
The Entertainment Hub and Essence In The Park the options there are limitless, with a beauty carnival, fashion and the wellness house, global and live performances by legendary hiphop and R&B artists, and the exclusive Essence After Dark evening concert series there is something for everyone.
If you want a brilliant night ahead with gospel, tv & film festivals whilst you dine it is all available. You can buy the VIP Power Pass, and can reserve preview screening privately, with RSVP requested for you and 3 guests, viewing Hollywood’s latest, sneak peek and plenty more industry insights. Throughout all the Essence Festival experiences, you can catch the real-time updates, but you will have to download and register on the mobile app: The 2019 #EssenceFest. You can buy the tickets to attend: The official dates: Friday 5th July and also on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.
Essence Magazine / Essence Music Festival
The Essence Festival highlights a very special and significant weekend of celebrations because it coincides with how it all started in 1968, when Essence Communications also known as (ECI) founded by Edward Lewis, Clarence O Smith, Jonathan Blount and Cecil Hollingsworth launched Essence Magazine.
Essence Magazine was mainly the initiatives of Edward Lewis and Clarence O Smith who knew overall how african american, black women were never represented correctly and were often overlooked, their determination to aspire a whole nation of black people, at a time where it was truly needed and appreciated, that make it even more deserving and well championed that Essence Magazine became majorly successful.
The first edition of Essence Magazine published in May 1970. it led to over 50, 000 to 1.6 million copies being sold over that first 3 years. and marked the beginning of a venture that would capture the hearts of so many people worldwide and a successful Essence Festival that we can celebrate, and enjoy each year.
Essence Music Festival
In 1995, The Essence Music Festival formed as a one time event, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine. The intend being a jubilant vibe honouring black talents, cultural celebrations.all sharing the same arena, networking and supporting each other, feeling empowered and aspired, seeing black talents being awarded for their achievements and contributions, uniting aspirational, motivational and legendary black Singers, musical artists, and Rappers performing, also welcome were media personalities, business influencers, models.
keynote speakers with motivational speeches at the summit and high profiled, well-known faces from the entertainment industry, all gathered under one roof. Since then The Essence Music Festival has transformed spectacularly, which started as a one time event which became the largest successful event of its kind, that has brought over 400,000 people together each year in New Orleans.
In 2007, The Essence Music Festival was still thriving strong, one of the many highlights was when the ex-president Barak Obama, and Hilary Clinton were guest appearances of the night. Another great highlight and a momentous occasion was in 2009 when the honour, dedication and whole event was held for Barak Obama’s inauguration and presidency. Beyonce was the headliner of the event, and it’s always prominent and historical that The Essence Music Festival held that event at a remarkable time.
In 2008, CNN partnered Black in America: Reclaiming the dream alongside The Essence Music Festival, and filmed live footage for a special presentation.
The Essence Festival
From 2013, The Essence Festival being recognised as more than just a music festival, looking back at highlights and iconic moments. The Essence Music Festival was re-branded and has since been known as The Essence Festival or Essence Fest for short.
In 2016, The Essence Festival mixed cultures and co joined South Africa with the US, that Essence Festival Durban for the first time would be held in Durban South Africa, it was a massive success with great highlights and experiences.
This year Essence Festival is celebrating its 25th Year Anniversary, which is remarkable considering it’s very successful journey, pioneered by the first creation of Essence Magazine to having a 25th Anniversary to Celebrate that milestone to now celebrating a 25th Anniversary of The Essence Music Festival, now renamed and rebrand with the success, and achievements made consistently over the years, proud moments and I look forward to another 25 years celebrating at The Essence Festival.