Time and time again, Atlanta proves that it influences everything through music, culture, and impact. Another noteworthy element is the ever-growing occurence of events. Just last month, xoNecole threw our first-ever ElevateHER business crawl and following suit, popular women's digital destination Refinery29 has brought their immersive 29Rooms experience on tour to multiple cities -- Atlanta being one of them. And if you were wondering what to do in Atlanta this week, we're about to put you on.
For years, 29Rooms has acted as an offline experience stemming from the Refinery29 brand. Part-funhouse, part-museum, the popular exhibition is the epitome of all things culture, interaction, and connection and does so through a series of art installations that seem to keep the fact that we're the generation of Instagram in mind. This year, the premise of their multi-city tour is 29Rooms Presents: The Expand Your Reality Experience.
Featuring collaborations with artists like Kali Uchis, Carlotta Guerero, Neka King, and The Hoodwitch, each "room" was tailored to incite a different thought or feeling and help you better connect with others but most of all yourself. What I loved about walking through the creative wonderland most was that it spoke to my inner child on many levels. From moments of teenage nostalgia to cultivating direct fellowship that asked me to write a love note of encouragement to the younger me in the mirror, we were connecting and healing.
My favorite installation however was the one created by R29 Unbothered. It was an homage to blackness and best believe, I was absolutely here for it! Entitled "A Long Line of Queendom", it featured portraits by Unity In Color and a floor-length golden satin durag featuring the names of black queens on the back of it designed by Evita Loca. The sign read, "Powerful and soft, queenly and human, an individual and a community, there are a spectrum of truths that make up Black women's experience. Brought to life by Refinery29's dedicated platform for Black millennial women, Unbothered, we invite you to 'say her name' or take your place within a long legacy of Black excellence, beauty and achievement." Aka, it's lit.
If nothing else, I invite you to partake in this glory up-close. Other notable installations included a "29 Questions" room where you connect over 30-second eye contact and questions with a stranger for six minutes, a test that's scientifically proven to make you feel more connected with the other person after all is said and done (and I was, even followed her on IG. Hey Akua!). Another one was the "Crack the Code to Financial Wellness" room. It was an escape room put together as a bank vault equipped with safety deposit boxes. We had to crack the code in order to secure the bag for our early retirement. Surprisingly difficult, surprisingly fun.
All in all, 29Rooms is an experience you don't want to miss out on and if you're in the A, you don't have to. There are still tickets available for Tuesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 8. Cop your tickets here.
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