The Story Behind BlackEXPO
Entrepreneurship is booming within Beijing’s black community but other expats and Chinese friends may not know it. Why? Olivia Nadine Lamb, Owner of Tianmi Bakery and Head Organizer of BlackEXPO says, ‘that’s because most black vendors have been selling their amazing items and services through WeChat only’.
After noticing this reoccurring trend Olivia came together with Ugandan Creative James Sserwadda and Ethiopian Law Student Hannah Getachew to create BlackEXPO. The goal: for Entrepreneurs and Creatives from the black community to extend their reach to all of Beijing in a multicultural expo intended to highlight the best of the community in a fun way. Click here for more juice on BlackEXPO.
Who Is Invited?
It doesn’t matter where you are from, BlackEXPO is for you! You can expect a vibrant afternoon in the hutongs with lots to see and do. At BlackEXPO vendors and creatives alike aren’t just selling goods, they are also sharing their home culture. The diverse group of vendors and creatives will reflect the unique culture that our community has manifested as we unite in Beijing from many different parts of the world.
James Sserwadda, who is not only co-organizing BlackEXPO but also taking part as an artist shares his perspective on what this event means to him, “This event is about who I am, where I come from and what people know about me… As I’m creating [artistically], I’m also creating connections and context so that people will know who I am and when they know me, they learn about where I come from and what my culture is.” Organizers, creatives and vendors are proud of what they are bringing to BlackEXPO and they believe it should be shared with everyone. It’s so much more than a bazaar, it’s an electric experience.
After asking the organizers a million questions about the event, here are 4 ways we plan to make the most out of the expo.
4 Ways To Enjoy BlackEXPO
1. Taste Everything
When it comes to food and drink Beijing always has good options and BlackEXPO has a select balance to ensure all your needs are met: sweet, savory, caffeine, and alcohol, it will all be there and we intend to sample some of everything.
Food & Beverage Vendors include:
- Bobar – Bubble Tea
- Halo Hummus
- Cheers Wine
- Suga Mama Bakery
- Habesha Coffee
2. Shop & Learn
An amazing 24 Vendors will have stalls set up throughout the beautiful courtyard on Saturday. On display will be handmade crafts, fashion brands, books by community authors, green initiatives, media houses, event start ups and more. We can’t wait to buy some art, find some cool new accessories and learn about how all these entrepreneurial pursuits got started.
Fashion / Beauty
- Tiara’s Corner (African Tie and Dye Fabrics)
- Ernique Jewelry (Hand Crafter Metal Jewelry)
- Chariots Handmaydz (Jewelry, Scarfs, Bags and Small African Art Sculptures)
- Shanghai Garnitrust Business Consultant (West African Goods)
- Lovina Accessories (Handmade Crochet Accessories)
- Infunity (Fashion Clothing)
- Nandi Re LLC. (Custom Crafts)
- Nani’s Creations (Afro-inspired Jewellery and Accessories)
- FON Handcrafted Candles (Multifunction Candles)
- Soap Fresh, So Clean (All Natural, Handmade Soap)
- SistaSista INT (Beauty and Fashion)
- Nuobelle (Hair Care Products)
- Bash Corni (Fashion)
- Jindafit (Athletisure Clothing)
- Carpe Diem (Baby Clothing)
- Beijing Beiao International Culture Exchange Co, LTD. (Crafts)
Authors / Books / Artists
- Olivia Nadine (Author)
- Mikka Kabugo (Artist)
- SOVEMBA (Artwork)
- Tyson (Poet)
- Kassy (Author)
- Event Couture (Event Styling & Marketing)
- OPOPO (Online magazine)
- Bgreenie (Waste Management Company)
- Thrive Beijing (Online Magazine)
3. Get Artsy & Work It Out
James Sserwada will launch an interactive ‘Make Your Mark’ installation while Seychellois artist and designer Jadez will do live graffiti art throughout the event. At other scheduled times discounted workshops will be given by Mind Body Yogi – Uchechi, Life Coach – Caneisha Berry and JINDAFIT (African Dance) instructor – D’Jack. We are going to try it all and we encourage everyone to get a little creative and stretch your mind, body and soul too. See Schedule and more about workshops here.
After we’ve eaten, seen all the vendors and participated in the interactive portions of the event we are definitely going to stay. We love hanging out outside in the summer and after a long winter you’re probably feeling it too. You can find us watching the live painting in the courtyard or chatting with a new beverage in hand from the on-site café. Stay, introduce yourself to some new people, get snapped by the talented photographers/videographers (IG: @Blackexpo #BlackExpo #Beijing) and enjoy the vibrant vibe of the newest Expo in town.
Interested In Getting More Involved?
The organizers could always use an extra hand from dedicated volunteers on the day of the event. If you would like to help out contact Ms. Olivia Lamb via WeChat: XiaYuHeiYu
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See you there.
Event Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: 27 Court Yard
Address: 27 Neiwubu Street Dongcheng District 东城区 内务部街27号
Entrance Fee: Free