NEW ORLEANS (CelebrityAccess) — Organizers for the Festival announced that this year’s event will feature the debut of ‘Conference & Expos,’ a business and lifestyle-oriented slate of interactive programming with content for both music industry pros and festival consumers.
Incorporating talks, expos, roundtables, workshops, podcasts and more, the Festival’s daytime programming will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and various locations throughout New Orleans from July 6-8, 2018.
“In addition to the signature concerts and other curated events that can only be found at Festival, a critical part of what has made this a must-attend destination for a half million women annually are the community and individual enrichment experiences that are at the core of the Festival’s daytime programming,” said President Michelle Ebanks.
“The opportunities for attendees to engage around the themes of empowerment and personal transformation continue to be the driving force behind the Festival’s daytime experience. Now, with the launch of ‘Conference & Expos,’ we are expanding and organizing our live content into programming tracks that focus the Festival’s engaging conversations, motivational forums and interactive workshops for an elevated and solutions-oriented experience,” Ms. Ebanks added.
The inaugural edition of the event will offer nine different tracks for attendees, including Tech; Entrepreneurship & Career; Personal Finance; Beauty & Style; Entertainment; Wellness & Spirituality; Community & Culture; Eats and Shopping.
Essence is executive produced by Festivals LLC, a division of Communications Inc., and is produced by Solomon Group. Sponsors of the 2018 Festival in New Orleans include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors AT&T, Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart.