NEW ORLEANS, (BRPROUD)-The Essence Festival of Culture—which celebrates Black culture and resilience in the community, is back to hosting live from June, 30 to July 3, 2022, for the first time in two years after holding virtual experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Essence festival highlights the slogan, “It’s the Black Joy for Me!” which ignites the Black communities through music, fashion, food, career collaboration, and more; the festival will also continue to deliver an engaging ‘digital experience’ to attendees as an option, according to the release.

“The reimagining of the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans as a phygital – fully physical and fully digital – experience will be epic,” said Caroline Wanga, CEO, Essence Communications, Inc. “Given what we have collectively experienced over the last two years, the opportunity to convene and uplift in the spirit of culture, equity, celebration – and joy – is more of a privilege and honor than it has ever been.

“We look forward to our homecoming in the City of New Orleans and to strengthening our impact as a cornerstone of Black culture, entrepreneurship, and economic inclusion – working always to serve Black women and communities deeply,” Wanga added.

The live experience will also include almost one million square feet of space for empowerment programming networking, finance, career, wellness, fashion, beauty, and more at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, nightly concerts at Caesar’s Superdome, and other entertaining and inspirational activations in venues across the city.

To learn more information about the Essence Festival of Culture – including ticketing, schedules, talent line-up, COVID protocols visit