The first of its kind, NOMADNESS Travel Tribe‘s AUDACITY Fest injected a black and brown lifeline into Oakland’s Jack London Square waterfront on September 8th. The day-long festival was a mashup of panels, vendors, break off sessions, and even rock climbing along the city’s waterfront. The mission of the festival was easy: create a safe space for travelers of color to share ideas, network with fellow influencers, and use the community as a launch pad to book their next trip.
AUDACITY was an afternoon of international music presented by DJ MOMA, and panel topics that covered everything from how to become a location independent entrepreneur, to traveling as a person of color while under the Trump administration. VIP ticket holders were able to enjoy private break off sessions in the Tony! Toni! Tone! pop-up museum across from the lawn. Hosted by NOMADNESS Founder, Evita Robinson, programming included respected speakers like Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche talking travel finances, top black travel blogger Oneika Raymond, Airbnb National Partnerships Lead and Women’s March on Washington’s Head of Logistics, Janaye Ingram, Travel Channel star Kellee Edwards, and Passport Heavy’s Jubril Agoro. Through programming, panels, vendors, and on-site experiences, AUDACITY represents something for every type of traveler by covering the following travel verticals: adventure, budget, luxury, immersive, culinary, and self-care.
The event is now a traveling, annual, activation for NOMADNESS Travel Tribe. The community and team are presently brainstorming where the festival should be held in 2019, giving priority to destinations that are already making strides in bringing diversity and inclusion to their respective cities. “They have to already be doing the work,” says Robinson.