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Wakandacon Is Bringing Afro-Futurism to the Chi In August

Wakandacon Is Bringing Afro-Futurism to the Chi In August

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Wakandacon is a fan convention happening in Chicago, IL to celebrate Afro-futurism, tech, and community outreach. Wakandacon will take place at the Hilton Chicago from August 3rd to 5th.

The three-day event is being organized by a team of African-American Chicago residents: siblings David, Ali, and Matt Barthwell; along with entrepreneur Lisa Beasley and producer Taylor Witten. The event will feature panels, lectures, workshops, and live entertainment.

Recent films were the inspiration for Wakandacon, but the team was moved to do more. “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,” says Ali Barthwell, co-founder of Wakandacon.

“Our people have been hungry for something like this for a very long time, and I hope that Wakandacon only adds to the fire,” says David Barthwell, founder of Wakandacon.

Along with educational and entertaining programming, Wakandacon will also feature a marketplace for African-American small business owners. The event is based in Chicago, but the organizers are hoping for people from across the world to attend.

“My siblings and I were all born and raised in the area, and Chicago is the city that we love. We hope that Wakandacon will not just be an event for people of Chicago but for people all over,” says Matt Barthwell, co-founder of Wakandacon.

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A weekend pass is available for $35 on . Submissions for programming, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers are live on More information is available on the Wakandocon website.

About WAKANDACON Wakandacon is a fan-driven convention celebrating Afro-Futurism, tech, and pop culture in Chicago, IL. The event is being organized by David, Ali, and Matt Barthwell, Lisa Beasley, and Taylor Witten. WAKANDACON is a Black-organized and operated convention happening August 3rd-5th in Chicago, IL.


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