Essence to Present a ‘Virtual Festival’ Over 2 Weekends

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Like many other festivals canceled for 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, Essence Festival is moving from New Orleans to the digital plane to give its fans a virtual experience.

In a tweet Wednesday, organizers announced the virtual festival will be held over two weekends.

“Essence Fest has been a space to gather, raise our voice, discuss the issues that matter most. It’s needed and necessary especially NOW. Join us virtually for two back to back weekends Thursdays thru Sundays, June 25-28 & July 2-5. Stay tuned for more news,” the tweet read.

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The virtual experience will include opportunities to participate in discussions on beauty, finance and entertainment and an interactive wellness house. In addition, there will be Essence After Dark, with music sets from some festival favorites; evening concerts on Saturday, June 27 and July 4 and Sunday celebrations of Gospel on June 28 and July 5.

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