The past few months have been a whirlwind. Every industry, including travel, has been shaken up. While this time has been tough on most working-class people worldwide, Black folks face two pandemics side by side: COVID-19 and racism. But Black Americans (who also love travel) know how to come together as a community, carve out our own spaces, and soar through all weather no matter the turbulence.
Enter AUDACITY Fest, a travel conference with people of color at the forefront, created by the OG Black travel community, Nomadness. When other travel conferences left founder Evita Robinson as one of the few people of color in the room, she created AUDACITY Fest in Oakland in 2018.
“I wanted to create an event that put our stories, resources, community organizers, influencers, and experiences at the forefront — allowing allies in, but being clear that it was about our role in the industry of travel as people of color,” explains Robinson.
This year the festival, aptly named AUDACITY Digi, has gone virtual, and volume two of the interactive festival is happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11:00 AM ET. While the festival moved to a digital space, team AUDACITY says the event’s vibe remains the same.
“AUDACITY Digi went from the little engine that could to the must-attend event. Not only are the programming and verticals hitting to the core of our community needs during COVID, but the style and vibe of AUDACITY has been preserved,” says Robinson.
AUDACITY Digi vol 2. attendees should (virtually) pull-up to hear from speakers like Brian Oliver, Founder of Be More See More. Anders Lindstrom, Director of Communication at Norwegian Air, will speak about one of the pillars of the event: Investment/Expatriation, Creative and Community. Expect panel discussions on LGBTQIA travel, Black travel during the Black Lives Matter Movement, and conversations with allies in the travel industry. In between sessions, workshops will include cocktail styling, Instagram photo staging, and stories about tiny house living.
With a full day of programming, music breaks, digital vendor booths, and one-to-one networking, there’s room for making long lasting connections and tapping into the sense of community that many of us are craving at this time.
Get Your Tickets for AUDACITY Digi on Saturday, August 1, 2020: https://hopin.to/events/audacity-digi-vol-2
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