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CULTURE

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DAY 1 — FRIDAY, APRIL 16

5pm – 2am CET

●  5:00 – 6:00pm

Omek After Work

Come meet other attendees and network.

●   6:00 – 6:30pm

All Tracks: Omek Welcome & Fireside Chat with Eric Collins

Speakers

Eric Collins — Founding Member & CEO, Impact X Capital Partners

Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek

●   6:30 – 7:00pm

All Tracks: Sponsor Address 

adidas leadership talks about their personal approach to Collaboration in the professional world and between cultures.


Speakers

Amanda Rajkumar — Executive Board Member HR, adidas

Anthony Harrison — Senior Director of Design Culture, adidas

Avneet Khurmi — Senior Director Digital Strategy & Programs, adidas

Eugene Bos — Associate Designer Digital Experience, adidas

Kofi Brown — Senior Director Brand Communications, adidas


Curated by adidas

●  8:00 – 9:15pm

Intersection of International Arts & Culture

Raul Balai invites fellow POC artists to share their experiences and insight on what it takes to sustain meaningful connections. 

How can we empower each other while providing access?

Moderated by

Raul Balai — Artist-Curator, Exhibition Maker, Designer, el bastardo


Speakers

Rui Jun Luong — Founder, Asian Raisins

Nita Liem — Artistic Director, Don't Hit Mama 

Joëlle Raus Prudence — Curator, Program Maker, Korzo Theater

Jimena Mendizabal del Moral — Asistant Director, Young Blood Initiative


Curated by el bastardo

●  8:30 – 9:30pm

Explore While You Travel

While some people travel, most of them don’t explore. Let’s reimagine the “black traveler” narrative... How does exploring foreign places and immersing yourself in various cultures inform the way you identify yourself?

Moderator

Aureliarita Marcellus — Founder, Intentional Creations


Speakers

Christina Belloge — Director, Melanin Travels Magic

Raoul Fokke — Founder & Travel Designer, Act Of Travel

Gai Spann — Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Assoc. of Black Travel Professionals

Kamau Ware — Founder & Lead Creative, Black Gotham Experience

●  11:00pm – 2:00am

adidas Careers Booth

For the first hour join a conversation with Ayesha and Angel as they talk about career opportunities, progression, and their personal journeys. After the conversation the adidas will be available to answer questions and speak about current openings.

Speakers

Ayesha Martin — Director Impact Pillars & Partners, adidas

Angel Lawler — D&I Program Manager Talent Acquisition, adidas

●  12:00pm – 2:00am

Omek Digital Party: DJ B Bad

For the last 20 plus years, Andel James has been an active contributor to the Hip-Hop community as a dancer, DJ, youth outreach worker, program coordinator, director and manager at Unity Charity, Blueprintforlife, Wintor Massiv, and 2U4U. He started breaking in Scarborough in 1999 and started Djing in 2010 in Toronto.

DAY 2 — SATURDAY, APRIL 17
9:00am – 7:30pm CET

●  9:00 – 10:00am

All Tracks: Coffee with Kemo

Bring your tea or coffee, meet other attendees, and explore the expo booths.

●  10:00 – 11:00am

Music, Collaboration & Identity

Multidisciplinary creatives Nedda Sou and Rabi Bah, co-founders of The Update, are joined by legendary visual artist Lemi Ghariokwu, known for his album cover work for the late Fela Kuti. Together, they’ll unpack the exploration and expressions of personal identity in ones work.

Speakers

Lemi Ghariokwu — Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Rabi Bah — Co-Founder, The Update

Nedda Sou — Interdisciplinary Maker & DJ

●  11:00am – 1:00pm

DJ Set: Chocolate Swirl

Some combinations are iconic. Just as peanut butter is to Jelly, Franny and Shammah mesh together beautiful to form the duo, Chocolate Swirl. Their music selections range from contemporary soul and house to sounds from the motherland. The way they spread love has dubbed them "music evangelists". Get ready to dip into their swirl.

●  12:00 – 1:00pm

adidas Workshop: Personal Branding

Get insights into how you can build your personal brand and amplifying your voice to attract brands to recognise you and your achievements. There will be a specific focus on getting your name out there, marketing yourself, and how to find a mentor in your field. As well as networking with adidas employees(!)

Lead by

Sina Port — Global Brand Comm. Strategy & Market Activation Manager, adidas

Eugene Bos — Associate Designer Digital Experience, adidas

Clara Martin — Assistant Product Manager, Men’s Original APP, adidas

●  1:00 – 4:00pm

adidas Careers Booth

For the first hour join a conversation about collaborative projects at Adidas by providing a look into a real life ambassador partnership with the brand. Following the conversation the adidas team will be available to answer questions and give insights about working at adidas.

Speakers

Asma Elbadawi — adidas Ambassador, Sports Inclusivity Consultant & Poet

Tash Crook — Senior Manager Talent Acquisition, adidas

●  2:15 – 3:15pm

Melanin Migration

Netherlands Black Women (NBW) is a community that facilitates belonging, promotes togetherness and creates opportunities for black women from across the diaspora living in the Netherlands to thrive. Current members will share their own migration stories and how much of a rare gem an organization such as NBW truly is.

Moderator

Lené Hypolite — Co-Founder, Netherlands Black Women


Speakers

Keline Jacquet — Student

Deyone Milana Guiseppi — Student, Artist, Singer, Creative

Courtney Bradwell — Technical Writer, Verifone

Sharnette Donacien — Business & Empowerment Coach, Be You Consult

●  3:30 – 4:30pm

Aesthetically Speaking...

Experts redefining their industries in fashion, cosmetics, hair, and photography come together to discuss their personal journey, creations, and how they own and facilitate conversations revolving around black beauty.

Moderator

Daniel Gyimah — Founder, Mystery Modern Mark


Speakers

Mamadou Cisse — CEO, Oju-Wa

Brenda Jolly Ajidiru — Founder, Natural Hair Solutions by Brenda

Coco Olakunle — Photographer

Sydney Nwakanma — Founder, EMEKA Suits

●  4:15 – 5:15pm

Afro Sounds & Dance Amplified

Music that originated in black communities can be found all across the globe. The question is, how do we preserve its essence while amplifying it?

Moderator

Ms. ABA — Music Artist, Radio-personality, Broadcaster, Speaker


Speakers

Otiniel "Mano" Fernandes da Silva — Founder, Africadelic

John Orpheus — CEO, Haus Orpheus

John Agesilas — Dancer, Choreographer, DJ, Teacher

Kim Dankoor — Media Expert, Interviewer, PhD Candidate, Owner, KIMBYKIM

●  4:30 – 5:30pm

The Power of Diversity & Distance

NOMADIC is a global collective of young creatives defying the boundaries of collaboration at a distance, with a far reaching network connecting young people all over the world. In the session, NOMADIC will discuss the value in leveraging one another’s networks, the importance of creating and telling stories, and what the idea of ‘nomadic’ means.

Moderator

Williem van der Vliet — Student


Speakers

Lewis McAra — Student, Creative

Jimmy Sana — Artist, Student

Jody Ogg — PR & Social Media

Marty Wani Sana — Founding Member


Curated by NOMADIC

●  5:00 – 6:00pm

The Black Travel Movement

There’s been a tremendous increase in the POC (African American women especially) traveling or migrating abroad, in the past 8 years. Social media platforms like Nomad Tribe, Travel Noire, Black & Abroad, and The Black Travel Alliance have proven to be a great resource for those trying to find their way on foreign soil. Even though the presence of black expat entrepreneurs is evident, this portion the market seems to be overlooked by corporations.

Moderator

Jacqueline NGO MPII —Founder, Little Africa


Speakers

Jennifer Tosch — Historian & Founder, Black Heritage Tours

Ricki Stevenson — Founder & Director, Black Paris Tours

Julia Brown — CEO & Founder, Walking The Spirit Tours-Black Paris & Beyond

Robin Bates — Founder & Executive Director, Maison Noire Americaine


Curated by Little Africa

●  6:00 – 7:15pm

The Wine Down

Music industry and brand marketing vet, Rudii ★, sits down with her super talented girls… both successful singers/songwriters - One achieved fame in North America, while the other cemented her name in Europe. Sandra St. Victor, Michelle David, and Rudii all migrated from the States and will share their bicultural experiences - including juggling the global music industry while assimilating to life in the Lowlands (aka The Netherlands)........ all while sippin’ on some good wine.

In Conversation

Michelle David — Singer, Songwriter

Sandra St. Victor — Singer, Songwriter

Rudii ★ — Music Industry & Branding Maven, RuDoesIt. 


Curated by RuDoesIt.

●  7:15 – 7:30pm

All Tracks: Closing Remarks

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REIMAGINING THE BICULTURAL EXPERIENCE 
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