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BIPOC Travel Festival, NOMADNESS Fest Celebrates 11 Years in Newark, New Jersey

Aloha Melani

NOMADNESS Fest Brings Newark, NJ to the World in September After a Three-Year Hiatus

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NOMADNESS FEST Flyer Sept 9-11 2023(Nomadness Travel Tribe/Instagram)

Formerly known as AUDACITY Fest, this year the Nomadness Travel Tribe brings the event young travelers of color have waited three seasons to attend.

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Nomadness Travel Tribe deck capture(Nomadness Travel Tribe/nomadnesstraveltribe.com)

The Nomadness Travel Tribe is the first online travel community to represent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) travelers across the globe. Its mission is to show the world that travel has no racial, religious, economic, or interest limitations.

The first AUDACITY Fest was held in Oakland, California in 2018. In 2020, The Nomadness Tribe was forced to cancel its New York event.

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2020 Flyer for the former AUDACITY Digi Fest held by NOMADNESS TRAVEL TRIBE(Nomadness Travel Tribe/nomadnessfest.com)

To pivot, founder Evita T. Robinson and her team did what they do best and kept the community together online. Nomadness held the travel community down by hosting six successful virtual events called AUDACITY Digi. Ticket holders for the canceled 2020 event attended at no cost with the promise that their ticket was still good for entrance to a live event for the unforeseeable future.

AUDACITY Digi however became a sought out event on its own as BIPOC nomads could come together online from anywhere in the world. According to its website, NOMADNESS Digi will continue and is scheduled for April of 2023.

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AUDACITY Fest Name Change to NOMADNESS Fest in 2022(Nomadness Travel Tribe/nomadnessfest.com)

Nomadness Travel Tribe made good on the promise to 2020 live event ticket holders and emailed out tickets for this year's event, which has changed its name to NOMADNESS Fest. The 2023 event will be held in Newark New Jersey September 9-11.

The Color of Travel

The theme of the 2022 Nomadness Fest is "Traveling in Color: The BIPOC Experience. It is the first travel event of its kind to focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) travelers and the many different intersectionalities amongst them.

Day 1: This three-day festival begins on Friday, September 9th at Newark Art Museum with an invite-only Industry Day event connecting influencers, writers, and travel business owners with brands and destinations representatives for one to one networking.

Day 2: The main festival day, Saturday, September 10th heads to Mulberry Commons for hands-on workshops, panels with global travel industry leaders, specialized onsite activations that speak to various travel styles, networking opportunities, and the Louisville Tourism sponsored afterparty.

Morning Sessions: 9:50am – 12:00pm EST

  • We Out!: Investing + Moving Abroad
  • On Our Terms: Remote Working + Living
  • Moving Abroad as an Educator
  • Starting Them Young: A Conversation with Nomad Jrs.

Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm – 6pm EST

  • Tiny Home Truck Living
  • Content Creator’s Workshop
  • How to Pitch Destinations, Brands, and Press
  • Carry Ons: Parenting + Travel
  • Travel Hacks: Playing the Points Game
  • Monetizing: Using Travel to Secure the Bag
  • Politics + Culture
  • Traveling in Color: The BIPOC Keynote

After Party! (until 9pm)

Day 3: The festival wraps up on Sunday, September 11th at Military Park, with a private ticketed BBQ celebrating the Nomadness Travel Tribe community’s 11th anniversary. For over a decade, Tribe BBQ has been a staple event that Nomadness Tribe members come to from around the world.

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Evita Robinson - NOMADNESS Founder & Keynote Speaker for NOMADNESS Fest(Nomadness Travel Tribe/nomadnessfest.com)

Confirmed speakers of this year’s event include NOMADNESS Founder, Evita Robinson; Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Jacqui Gifford; President of the Black Travel Alliance, Martinique Lewis; creator of the $1,000,000 grossing online course on solo travel ‘Travel Like a Bawse’ Founder, Shakeemah Smith; remote working expert, Libryia Jones; Gen Z travel expert, Gabby Beckford; Newark influencer, Lauren Lebeaux and many more.

The festival event is open to all ages until 6pm. After 6pm, for the party, attendees must be 21+.

Tickets are available at https://nomadnessfest.com/tickets/

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