Durban will come alive as the city hosts the Essence Festival under the theme: Firing Africa with Inspiration.

Durban - Essence Festival Durban and its multitude of events converge on the city during South Africa’s beautiful spring season and Heritage and Tourism Month. 

The city is creating a six-day, multi-faceted festival experience that will include several interactive pavilions and two major concerts; Durban Business Fair; Beauty and Style; Essence Eats (incorporating Flavours of Durban and I Heart Market ); Articulate Africa (book and art fair); Money and Power (Durban Business Conference, Youth Economic Empowerment, Women Economic Empowerment); Lifestyle & Wellness Expo; Property Summit; Tech Zone; Centre Stage; Empowerment Stage; Essence All Star Concert and Essence All Star Gospel Concert.

Durban will come alive as the city hosts this all-encompassing festival under the theme: Firing Africa with Inspiration. 

The international festival brings the best of local and international business leaders, speakers and talent to Durban ICC from September 26 to October 1.

Essence Festival Durban, which takes place in conjunction with the Durban Business Fair, brings together voices of influence and power from around the globe and connects with local business communities. While celebrating excellence, it provides platforms of inspiration to the youth and women through motivational sessions with cultural and business luminaries.

The core focus of the festival is on empowerment by enabling emerging entrepreneurs to access market opportunities. 

Last year the festival drew more than 61 000 attendees from across the country. 

The festival mosaic programme consists of Durban Business Fair, business conferences, business masterclass, youth entrepreneurship, women economic empowerment, health and lifestyle, beauty and style and empowerment stages, which will continue to provide an invaluable platform for businesses to network and build relationships with international experts in order for local business to be globally competitive.

The 2017 Essence Festival Durban programme is diverse, informative, thought-provoking and features a wide range of talent - from US Bishop TD Jakes and Reverend Al Sharpton to Jill Scott and a number of South African and Durban artists and business people who will feature in various platforms.

Tickets to the Essence All Star Music Festival featuring Jill Scott, Nasty C and Micasa are available from R155. Tickets to the All Star Gospel Concert featuring Bishop TD Jakes and Joyous Celebration are available from R195.

Tickets are available at Computicket.