[In Progress] Planning an African Festival in Austin, TX

I’m building a team in Q1 2015 to explore the viability of a large scale African festival in Austin. The focus is to expose the positive and empowering aspects of major African cultures, to influence the African narrative positively on a large scale, and to create a forum where Africans both at home and in diaspora can seat with leaders and change agents from other cultures to discuss opportunities for business, education and mutual economic growth through the private sector. Also, an experience centered around some of our major entertainment exports – music and film.

I’m not looking to discuss details around key components yet since we’ll figure it out together, but we should learn lessons and model around SXSW. We might consider having a SXSW experience together and doing some ideation during that period.

I’m looking out for people with experience handling event management and ops for large scale events (dibs if you’ve been involved with SXSW), branding and design, public relations, entertainment/talent management, finance, marketing and social media. All with a positive attitude and the innate ability to have fun while getting important stuff done.

I’m doing Starbucks runs on me through Q1 to look for good fits, figure this out and start coming up with an execution plan. There are no dates set yet for kicking off an actual event, just the planning for now – figuring out who the right partners are, our value proposition and a solid execution plan, even if an actual event doesn’t happen until 2016 or later. As long as we do something extraordinary.

Hit me up, or refer people to me – don’t have to be African, just need to have an open mind.

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