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DAY 1 — FRIDAY, APRIL 16
5pm – 2am CET

●  5:00 – 6:00pm

DJ Set: Mokeyanju

Mokeyanju is a passionate vinyl-selector. She is heavily influenced by Hip Hop, House, Fújì, Highlife, Ndombolo and percussive music. Her broad interest in East African and Caribbean culture led her to collect records from Trinidad & Tobago, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and beyond - discovering Calypso, Taarab, Benga, Soukous as well as contemporary East African producers and sounds. mokeyanju plays sets which translates her personal journey in music.

●   6:00 – 6:30pm

All Tracks: Omek Welcome & Fireside Chat with Eric Collins

Speakers

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

Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek

●   6:30 – 7:00pm

All Tracks: Keynote Address From adidas 

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

●  7:00 – 7:15pm

#IamRemarkable Intro Session

Women in underrepresented industries often need support and a slight push when it comes to self promotion and understanding their value. Get an introduction to this exclusive 90-min workshop which will be offered to the Omek community and all attendance to find their “why and how”. After the session explore the Google booth in the Expo to learn more about the workshop and sign up.

Curated by Google

●  7:00pm – 2:00am

Film Screening in the Expo: All Screwed Up (33 min)

A biopic chronicling the life of legendary Houston artist DJ Screw, the inventor of “Chopped & Screwed” music. Co-written by Shannan E. Johnson – one of two featured panelists in our “Hollywood While Black” block, taking place April 16th at 10:45pm CET (1:45pm PST + 4:45pm EST) on the Mainstage.

Curated by RuDoesIt.

●  8:15 – 9:15pm

Open Mic

A block dedicated to spotlighting up and coming talent from across the diaspora.

●  9:15 – 10:15pm

Sharing Our Story

Those of us in the diaspora know all too well how important the stories passed down from our ancestors help instill pride in our family history. Five speakers will unpack the various way in which the share stories through folklore, art, poetry, and long form writing.

Moderator

Leine Marie Daini — Educator, Writer, Podcaster


Speakers

Chardé Goins — CEO, The Blak Lotus

Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua — Storytelling, Strategic Comms. Consultant

Malcolm-Emilio — Original Man of Creation, Stay Relevant

Marlou Fernanda da Silva — Visual Artist

Nii Ayikwei Parkes — Editor, Writer, Socio-Cultural Commentator

●  9:30 – 10:30pm

Spoken Word

Come hear this great lineup of poets and artists from around the world.

Peformances

Tito Valery — Writer, Political Activist, Host, Artist, Speaker

Michael Guinn — Poet, Events Coordinator, Author, Actor

Louise McStravick — Writer, Educator, Poet

Miss Yankey — Writer, Spoken Word Artist

Naniso Tswai — Author, Academic, Artist

Ennio "BLESZ" Burleson — Sound designer, Artist, Cultural Entreprenuer


Curated by Word Up Amsterdam

●  10:30 – 11:30pm

The Essence of Partnership

Partnership is more than just your favourite brands linking up for a dope sneaker, it’s a vital component of who we are. By working with others, you learn, gain new perspectives and achieve things you could never have achieved independently.

In Conversation

Kwame Wilson — Co-Founder, Out Of Home

Steven Apampa — Co-Founder, Out Of Home

Yaf Downes — Co-Founder, Out Of Home

Kieran Kenlock — Co-Founder, Out Of Home


Curated by Out Of Home

●  10:45pm – 12:00am

Hollywood While Black

Music industry and brand marketing vet, Rudii ★, sits down with Shannan E. Johnson aka The Professional Pen and Ratidzo Mambo. The two will share their journey of leaving the corporate side of their respective fields to nurture their inner creative.

Moderator

Rudii ★ — Music Industry & Branding Maven, RuDoesIt.


Speakers

Ratidzo Mambo — International Film/TV Distributor, Producer, Actress

Shannan E. Johnson — Writer & Former Development Exec, The Professional Pen


Curated by RuDoesIt.

●  11:30 – 12:30pm

Building African Diasporic Brands

In this conversation FourTwo Creative co-founders Hanan Osman and Oyinkan Olojedesit down with Polly Irungu, founder of Black Women Photographers. They’ll unpack working in a creative space that's considered "niche" and using sustainable work processes and collaborations to build globally impactful brands.

In Conversation

Hanan Osman — Co-Founder, FourTwo Creative

Oyinkan Olojede — Co-Founder, FourTwo Creative

Polly Irungu — Founder, Black Women Photographers


Curated by FourTwo Creative

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.

●  10:00am – 8:00pm

Film Screening in the Expo: 
I Was There When House Took Over The World (40min)

The death of disco produced the most iconic sound in contemporary dance music: house. This documentary shows how social unrest and Chicago’s underground gay clubs led to a global dance movement. Young black entrepreneurs created a music empire that eventually hit the charts around the world with artists such as Nile Rogers, Marshall Jefferson, Honey Dijon, and many others.

Curated by RuDoesIt.

●  11:00 – 12:00pm

Creating with Your Peers

A round table discussion with creatives from the Omek Peer Group where they share bits about their work process as well as past and present collaborations. The objective is to provide each other with resources they might be seeking and creating a safe space for potential synergy.

Moderator

Angela McMillian — Omek Peer Group Coordinator


Speakers

Sophie Douala — Visual Artist, Art Director

Ennio "BLESZ" Burleson — Sound designer, Artist, Cultural Entreprenuer

Nixon Mukiza — Urban Creator

Hugo Faustino — Creative Media Strategist 

●  1:00 – 1:45pm

The Place Behind the Soul

An "Inside Scoop" special.

Artist and sculptor Nelson Carrilho has dedicated his craft to putting a spotlight on humanist causes in the Netherlands and abroad. This session includes a BTS video that captures the Curaçao-born, Amsterdam-based artist speaking on collaboration, activism and the transmission of knowledge to young creatives. 


Moderator

Chimira Natana — Visual Artist


Speakers

Nelson Carrilho — Sculptor

Isaura Carrilho — Policy Officer

Levi Ommen — Student

Shaquille Veldboom — Designer


Film by

Webster Mugavazi — Director, Filmmaker

●  2:30 – 3:45pm

Open Mic

A block dedicated to spotlighting up and coming talent from across the diaspora.

●  4:00 – 6:00pm

The Art of Expression

The Blak Lotus sits down with leaders in media and entertainment to discuss the importance of taking control of the Black narrative by exploring various forms of storytelling.

Moderator

Chardé Goins — CEO, The Blak Lotus


Speakers

Christiano Terry — President & CEO, N LITE Media

Marquise T.A. — Choreographer, Director

Gabrielle Amani — CEO, MEFeater Magazine

Cameron Jenkins — Artist


Performance

Supercoolwicked — Singer, Songwriter


Curated by The Blak Lotus

●  7:15 – 7:30pm

All Tracks: Closing Remarks

REIMAGINING THE BICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
#OmekSummit


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