Complex Magazine’s annual convention and festival is returning this November to the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. For its third edition, ComplexCon will once again be carefully curated by the Complex team and Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams and legendary artist Takashi Murakami from Nov. 3-4.
The festival and exhibition brings together pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education for one weekend. This year, ComplexCon will focus on the enlightenment and empowerment of the individual, reflecting the issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics.
To help signify the new theme, Murakami has created an ensō, a sacred symbol that represents many things in Zen tradition and can be seen in the new logo (seen above). Murakami’s hand-drawn, personalized ensō represents the cycle of life and creative pursuits, and using that energy as a positive force in the world.
“There is a cycle to everything—art, culture, design, life that begins with chaos where everything is mixed up together and as an idea forms, it changes and grows, it’s always moving from present to future. ComplexCon has this cycle, where so many ideas are swirling, the atmosphere is charged with potential and from that amazing ideas, collaborations are formed and the cycle continues,” Murakami said in a statement to Complex.
Sound the alarm! ComplexCon 2018 returns Nov 3 & 4 in Long Beach, CA. Limited pre-sale tickets go on sale this Friday 🤑
— ComplexCon (@ComplexCon) July 18, 2018
Murakami added: “And I am deeply affected by events and chaos in the world but see incredible young people rise up to tackle them. And from that energy new things are born that touch everything in culture. It was important to embrace this at ComplexCon this year.”
Last year’s ComplexCon featured musical performances by N*E*R*D, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., and Young Thug.Sarah Andelman, co-founder of the influential Paris concept fashion store Colette; designer and founder of Off-White, Virgil Abloh; reggaeton singer J. Balvin; and actor-activist (and son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) Jaden Smith also made appearances at the event.
Complex will be sharing more details on ComplexCon in the coming weeks, including additional host committees, performers, ComplexCon(versations) panelists, activations, and programming.
Presale tickets for this year’s ComplexCon are already sold out. More tickets will be announced soon.