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City Festivals in collaboration with Touring Mentors, recently organ

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City Festivals in collaboration with Touring Mentors, recently organized a special event for Juneteenth weekend to to support African American youth in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. The workshop, held at the Barrymore Hotel, provided participants with valuable skills and resources to kick-start their business ventures.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the workshop was that all participating youth were granted free attendance, ensuring that financial limitations did not hinder their ability to benefit from the program.

The workshop brought together seasoned business mentors from Dream Up, White & Black Consulting, Black Owned Connect, Mahogany Kids Foundation, and Tash Johnson & Co. These mentors shared their expertise and guided the youth through an enriching experience focused on public speaking, marketing, and branding.

Throughout the workshop, the young entrepreneurs had the unique opportunity to represent their individual brands at AfroCAN Fest, a renowned cultural event celebrating progress in African-American community. This exposure allowed them to showcase their skills, products, and services to a broader audience while gaining valuable real-world experience.

A highlight of the workshop was a friendly competition that provided the participants with the chance to put their best foot forward. The competition offered them the opportunity to win a grant to register their limited liability company (LLC), develop a website, and access essential marketing resources. This invaluable support aims to eliminate some of the financial barriers that often hinder aspiring entrepreneurs from launching their businesses.

The City Festivals team expressed their delight with the success of the workshop and the positive impact it had on the participants. The organization remains committed to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among youth and providing them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed in their chosen fields.

The workshop not only imparted practical skills but also instilled a sense of confidence and empowerment in the young participants. By equipping them with the knowledge and opportunities to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, City Festivals and its partners are actively contributing to creating a more inclusive and diverse business landscape.

The success of this initiative serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and mentorship, showcasing how organizations and individuals can come together to uplift and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

City Festivals plans to continue supporting aspiring young entrepreneurs and hopes to expand similar programs in the future.

This year 2023 brought with it a historic celebration of Juneteenth at Afrocan, a vibrant and culturally rich festival that took place in Perry Harvey Park on June 19.

This event, organized by City Festivals was a joyous gathering to honor the,

spirit of emancipation while showcasing the thriving community of black entrepreneurs and young talents. Afrocan 2023 not only commemorated the legacy of Juneteenth but also served as a platform for highlighting black-owned businesses, kidpreneurs, and artists from various creative disciplines. In this blog, we'll take you through the incredible journey of Afrocan 2023.

Honoring the Past:

Afrocan 2023 was not only about celebration but also about remembrance and respect for the past. The festival paid tribute to the memory of a beloved community partner, Ramon, who had recently passed away. This solemn moment brought

the community closer together, emphasizing the importance of unity and support during difficult times. His legacy lived on through the spirit of Afrocan, reminding everyone that the past, present, and future are interwoven.

Village of Dreams:

The heart of Afrocan 2023 was the Village of Dreams, a magical space that featured a diverse array of experiences. Each 'village' was dedicated to a unique aspect of black culture, allowing guests to immerse themselves in an array of activities, including:

1. Sip and Paint: In this village, artists of all ages unleashed their creativity while sipping on refreshing beverages. The Sip and Paint experience allowed attendees to express themselves through art, proving that creativity knows no bounds.

2. Sound Bowl Therapy: For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the Sound Bowl Therapy village offered a unique experience. Participants indulged in the soothing sounds and vibrations of sound bowls, relieving stress and promoting a sense of inner peace.

3. Konpa Dance Class: The rhythmic beats of Konpa dance filled the air, inviting guests to learn this lively and culturally rich dance style. This village celebrated the beauty of African and Caribbean dance traditions, allowing everyone to join in the fun.

4. Young Innovators Corner: Afrocan 2023 provided a stage for kidpreneurs to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit. Young talents displayed their products and services, inspiring the community with their innovation and ambition.

Black Fashion Extravaganza:

Fashion took center stage at Afrocan 2023. The festival featured a stunning fashion show, spotlighting the works of talented black fashion designers. The runway was a dazzling display of creativity, celebrating the diverse styles and trends that have emerged from black culture. The fashion show emphasized the power of self-expression through clothing and was a true testament to the thriving black fashion industry. Community and Unity!

Afrocan 2023 embodied the principles of community and unity. It was a testament to the strength and resilience of black communities and their ability to come together to celebrate their culture, history, and achievements. The festival created a space for open dialogue, networking, and collaboration among attendees, business owners, and artists.

Afrocan 2023 was an unforgettable celebration of Juneteenth, black culture, and the remarkable achievements of black entrepreneurs and artists. It honored the past while looking towards a brighter future, symbolizing the progress and creativity that continues to flourish within the black community. This festival served as an inspiration for all who attended, fostering a sense of unity, support, and pride in the vibrant and diverse black culture.

As Afrocan 2023 demonstrated, Juneteenth is not just a date on the calendar; it's a celebration of resilience, culture, and the unbreakable spirit of the black community. Afrocan 2023 will forever remain a cherished and inspiring event, leaving a lasting mark on the hearts and minds of all who participated.

In the spirit of Juneteenth and Afrocan, we remember the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future filled with unity, diversity, and endless possibilities.

Photo credits: Prince Charles, & Aajela

After a phenomenal celebration in Jacksonville, Diner en Blanc , the chic secret party is heading to it's next Florida city - Orlando! Boasting an "Around the World" theme, the event is anticipated to highlight culture and embrace the experience the way it shapes worldwide!

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