“A new kind of fan convention is headed to Chicago. This summer, Wakandacon — a three-day event celebrating Afro-futurism, tech and community outreach — will take place at the Hilton Chicago. The convention was inspired by recent films, including Marvel’s Black Panther, from which the event gets its name.
Wakandacon includes a lineup of panels, lectures, workshops and live entertainment. Additionally, the event will feature a marketplace for African-American small business owners. Wakandacon is currently open for submissions for programming, vendors, sponsors and volunteers; applications are available on the convention’s official website.
The convention was co-founded by Chicago-area siblings David, Ali, and Matt Barthwell, entrepreneur Lisa Beasley and producer Taylor Witten. Wakandacon is officially described as “a fan-driven convention celebrating Afro-Futurism, tech, and pop culture in Chicago, IL” and “a Black-organized and operated convention.”
“The moment we saw Wakanda in film, we wanted a space to gather and talk about everything African-Americans are passionate about. Afro-Futurism is about imagining a future for Black people all around the world. Wakandacon is a space for Black people to look past the present and into our future,” co-founder Ali Barthwell said in a statement.
The first-ever Wakandacon will run August 3 to August 5 at Hilton Downtown Chicago in Chicago, IL. A weekend pass to the event costs $35.
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