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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 (UK)
Kemo Camara (NL)

●   6:30 – 7:00pm

All Tracks: Keynote Address From adidas 

Speakers
Amanda Rajkumar (DE)
Anthony Harrison (NL)
Avneet Khurmi (NL)
Eugene Bos (NL)
Kofi Brown (US)

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 (UK)

Speakers
Chardé Goins (US)
Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua (UK)
Malcolm-Emilio (CA)
Marlou Fernanda (NL)
Nii Ayikwei Parkes (UK) 

●  9:30 – 10:30pm

Spoken Word

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

Peformances
Tito Valery (CM)
Michael Guinn (US)
Louise McStravick (UK)
Miss Yankey (UK/GH)
Naniso Tswai (DE/SA)
Ennio "Blesz" Burleson (NL)

Curated by Word Up

●  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 (NL)
Steven Apampa (NL)
Yaf Downes (NL)
Kieran Kenlock (UK)

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 (tv executive, turned writer and script consultant) and Ratidzo Mambo (International film + tv distributor turned producer and actress). The two will share their journey of leaving the corporate side of their respective fields to nurture their inner creative.

Moderator
Rudii ★ (NL)

Speakers
Ratidzo Mambo (AU)
Shannan E. Johnson (US) 

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 (US)
Oyinkan Olojede (US)
Polly Irungu (US)

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.

In Conversation
Sophie Douala (DE)
Ennio "Blesz" Burleson (NL)
Nixon Mukiza (NL)
Hugo Faustino (NL)

●  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. 

Followed by a live Q&A.

Moderator
Chimira Natana (NL)

Speakers
Nelson Carrilho (NL)
Isaura Carrilho (NL)
Levi Ommen (NL)
Shaquille Veldboom (NL)

●  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 (US)

Speakers
Christiano Terry (US)
Marquise T.A. (US)
Gabrielle Amani (US)

Performance
Supercoolwicked (US)

Curated by The Blak Lotus

●  7:15 – 7:30pm

All Tracks: Closing Remarks

REIMAGINING THE BICULTURAL EXPERIENCE. 
#OmekSummit


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