African Renaissance Festival 15-16 August 2019



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Annual African Renaissance Festival Report

The 19th edition of the annual African Renaissance Festival was hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) from the 25 to 27 May 2017.

The Festival included a two day conference, which was held on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May with the theme of “Innovation and Transformation for Inspired Entrepreneurship”. A fundraising banquet was held on 26 May 2017 at 19h00 at the Durban ICC, where the guest of honour was Mr Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank. Entertainment was provided by Lira who was also one of the motivational speakers for day two of the conference. The African Renaissance Concert, a highlight event of the festival programme, was held on the 27 May and this year showcased three superb artists − AKA, Naima Kay and Nasty C. East Coast Radio DJ Phat Joe was the host for the evening’s entertainment.

The African Renaissance Festival is held in May each year as part of the Africa Day celebrations, which are held on 25 May. Africa Day marks the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963; subsequent to that, the African Union (AU) was launched in Durban in 2002. In so doing we not only celebrate an African Renaissance but also a KwaZulu-Natal Renaissance. It is a day of reflection and reaffirmation of our commitment to fight all forms of exploitation meted on the African continent.

The Festival programme is closely aligned with the need to promote an entrepreneurial culture in KwaZulu-Natal. Government has identified that poverty; inequality and unemployment are the main challenges that face youth in our society today. In order for radical economic transformation to occur it is necessary to provide holistic and innovative interventions to counter these socio-economic problems.

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