If you’re looking for a conference that celebrates black entrepreneurship and creatives, provides networking opportunities, plus great vibes, then you may want to get your ticket to Culture Con ASAP. Culture Con is one of the fastest growing festivals, created by Imani Ellis, focused on providing a space where the future creators of color can fellowship, learn, and be their best black self. If Issa Rae’s “Rooting for Everybody Black” phrase was a physical manifestation, then Culture Con would be it.
The three year old festival was birthed out of Ellis’ own living room, where she and a group of friends put their connections, hard work, and talent to the test by forming The Creative Collective: a community & creative agency immersed in culture. The one day conference proudly brings together incredibly talented creatives from all industries, and entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation of world changing doers, while being sponsored by some of the dopest brands. It has managed to bring in incomparable, and culturally relevant talent from big names like Nick Cannon and Charlamagne The God, to new tastemakers like Brooklyn native, Tyler Mitchell, and on air talent Gia Peppers.
This year it’s return is bigger, blacker, and better! The line up of panelist and moderators include, but aren't limited to Traci Ellis Ross, Kofi Siriboe, KeKe Palmer, Melina Matoska, Lena Wiathe, Regina King, and Keke Palmer. Beyond the big celeb attraction, and possibly bumping into your favorite media personality, CCNY is focused on connecting influencers, entrepreneurs, and creators to build their own network. I walked away from last years conference gaining a freelance client, as well as being exposed to quite a few black journalist and artist that I hadn’t heard of before. It’s certainly a conference for the black elite, budding tastemakers of tomorrow and next era’s renaissance from all over the US.
“CultureCon exceeded our wildest dreams. The immense amount of collaboration and creative connectivity that went into the day was truly something special and I am in awe of every single individual that made the conference a tremendous success.” says The Creative Collective founder Imani Ellis.
Because the festival is so packed with panels, tunes, snacks, and activations, it can be a bit overwhelming, however the new CC app will help 2019 attendants navigate the new space much better. This is another example of how on brand, in tune, and considerate the founders are. While the ticket is a bit pricey, it is worth every dollar spent now that they have created Culture Con Week, which kicks off on October 8th in collaboration with HBO for the Watchmen series premier screening. Culture Con week is filled with exclusive events open to festival attendees and the public, with an rsvp ticket of course. The 2019 conference takes place next Saturday October 12. For tickets visit their website.
Check out the recap video and photos from last year if you're not convinced on why you should be attending Culture Con 2019. What do you look for when attending conferences? Let us know below in the comments.