SAVE THE DATE: Akon Lighting LA Brings Music, Art, and Enlightenment to the Arts District – November 15 – 16, 2019
November 15 and 16, Akon Lighting America, DisclosureFest, and THE SPACE | BETWEEN are teaming up to present Akon Lighting LA, a two-day art and music event described as an “urban conscious music and art experience.” It’s all happening at 3BLACKDOT (1580 Jesse Street in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District). The event is vegan and alcohol-free.
Friday, November 15, performers include Paul Oakenfold, Emmanuel Kelly, Samuel J, and a DJ set by Kiilu Grand of Agape & Freestyle Fellowship.
Saturday, November 16, performers include DJ Snoopadelic (aka. SnoopDogg), Akon, J Brave, Shylah Ray, Kiyoshi, and Solar Theory.
Akon is best known as a Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum artist—but he’s also a producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He founded Akon Lighting LA with Joey Nittolo from The Space Between as a way to bring people together to exchange ideas, raise awareness and answer the deeper questions we face as a human race.
In addition to the musical performances, the upcoming event will show an impressive collection of art from more than 40 world-renowned artists, along with panel discussions and interactive events. The group art show, curated by Eddie Donaldson and Marlee Sherwin, will include Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” installation, as seen in the 2014 documentary Saving Banksy. Mr. Brainwash, the Los Angeles-based French street artist and videographer known for his large-scale installations and prints of celebrities, will install his “Life is Beautiful” sculpture. Los Angeles artists Amanda Sage and Chaz Guest will be painting live on site, as well as leading a painting workshop for the kids of Crete Academy, a nonprofit charter school which serves pre-K to 6th grade students experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness.
A surfboard donated by Kelly Slater that’s been painted by RETNA, and a board donated by Laird Hamilton that will be painted live at the event by Chaz Guest, will be raffled off to raise money for ocean conservation.
Eddie Donaldson, co-curator of the art installation, says, “Having the opportunity to bring some of the best artists in Los Angeles together to bring awareness to an urban community to promote mindfulness, yoga, and creativity, is an important way to create opportunities in underserved communities.”
The group show will have art available for sale by 2Shae, Al-Baseer Holly (ABH), Amanda Lynn, Amanda Sage, Andre Saraiva, Autumn Skye, Brandon Breaux, Brandon Boyd, Cesario Block Montano, Chali 2NA, Chaz Guest, Cisco Adler, The Couto Bros, Cryptik, David Arquette, Defer, Dr. Dax, Estevan Oriol, Harrison Lance Crawford, Israel Guzman, Jas Petersen, Javier Lopez, JD Shultz, Jeff Hamilton, Jef Logan, Jimmy Paintz, Katrin Fridriks, Kenton Parker, lifeafterdeath, Linzy Miggantz, Logik, Love Crew, Mai Lill, Menso One, Mickey Avalon, Mr. Brainwash, Nico Turner, Patrick Conlon, Patrick Hoelck, Plastic Jesus, RISK, Rob Hill, Sawyer Hurwitz, Sean Kushner, Sebastien Walker, Shepard Fairey, TAZ, Tanya Michaela, This Means Mar, and more.
Akon Lighting LA will include a screening of Let This Be Therapy, a short film by Anthony Casanova featuring artist Brandon Breaux, best known for his work on Chance the Rapper’s album covers. Breaux’s interactive activation on mental health, “On The Line,” will also appear, following its debut at ComplexCon Los Angeles in early November. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion on mental and spiritual wellness in relation to artistry, featuring Brandon Breaux, Amanda Sage, Chaz Guest, singer Emmanuel Kelly, and other thought leaders.
Panel discussions will involve special appearances by Akon and Rev. Michael Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Center. The event will also feature guided yoga and meditation, vegan food vendors, art classes, and activities for families and children. Children 13 and under will be admitted free of charge.
Proceeds from the art sales at Akon Lighting LA will benefit Akon Lighting Africa, DisclosureFest Foundation, and The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE).
Tickets to Akon Lighting LA are $77 for one day, $111 for both days, and $333 for Special Access (aka VIP) tickets that include lounge access and a swag bag.
Friday, November 15 (6 – 11pm)
Saturday, November 16(10am-11pm)
1580 Jesse Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021