“Last year’s inaugural Essence Festival Durban was an immense success, and we’re thrilled to once again partner with eThekwini Municipality for another one-of-a-kind cultural experience,” said Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “This year, we’re welcoming Bishop T.D. Jakes to the festival in South Africa for his very first headliner appearance. His uplifting and empowering words will set the tone for this unique celebration of communities spanning the diaspora.”
ESSENCE Festival Durban 2017 will feature a host of local artists and experts, as well as an exciting lineup of international performers. Like ESSENCE Fest New Orleans — which celebrated 23 years last week — ESSENCE Fest Durban will include a daytime Empowerment Experience, where attendees will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars on various topics, including the development of women and youth in business. In the evening, Festival goers can look forward to a great time filled with live entertainment and musical magic at the nightly concerts.