WHAT IS A BLERD?
There has been exponential growth in the popularity and influence of “Nerd” culture in recent years – a culture defined by its passionate pursuit of unique interests in geekdom, the arts, and academia.
Mostly, that culture excludes the Black experience. We, as Black Nerds, or “Blerds,” are trying to change that.
BLERDFEST!, NOLA’s first & only Black Nerd Festival, is about representation, education, and inclusion. It is for us, by us, about us.
We are dedicated to creating a safe space for all POC to geek out about Nerd culture, to promoting the pursuit of STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math) to our community’s youth, to showcasing Black Professionals in Blerdy fields, and to creating events that entertain, educate, encourage, and support all the members of our community.
2023 Theme: MULTIVERSE
WHAT IS BLERDFEST!?
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
10% OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT
“BLERDFEST! has got real potential – let’s make this as big as
Comic Con New Orleans! I’ll be more than happy to help.”
HANNAH BEACHLER, OSCAR WINNING PRODUCTION DESIGNER
“The programming, vendors, and especially the panelists were top notch.
I want to see this grow into the powerhouse the Gulf Coast needs.”
ALEX JENNINGS, AUTHOR
“This event has the potential to grow exponentially into a staple event
in its niche market, and in the New Orleans community.”
CHENESE LEWIS, ACTOR
“An AMAZING experience that I will cherish as long as I live!
Can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us! Truly a blessing!”
LIVE ACTION ANIMATION, COSPLAYER
WHAT OUR PRESENTERS SAY
PHOTO: © 2019 VERY LOCAL NEW ORLEANS
“Traveled from Mississippi to experience the very first BLERDFEST!
in NOLA. I hope it grows because this is what we need!”
Okay, this event was pretty dope. I got to hold an Oscar.”
“Had an amazing time at #BLERDFEST! Thank you!
So happy I was able to bring a little San Antonio to NOLA!”
“This was my first con here in my home state and I’m ready to
attend more and I can’t wait to go to #BLERDFEST2020!”