"AFROPUNK isn't a genre, it's fashion, expression, music, it is a movement." ~ BILLBOARD
AFROPUNK FEST is back in Brooklyn this August for another weekend of live music, vibrant art and good vibes. Included, over 26 of New York City’s best food trucks, a skate park free of cops on patrol and a custom bike show hosted by Brooklyn Rhapsody.
Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.
Adamant in promoting diversity, the festival stage is always studded with music’s most distinct acts. Last year’s line-up ranged from such innovators as Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe to indie powerhouses TV On The Radio and Toro Y Moi. Also included, boundary-breakers Spank Rock, Das Racist and Ninjasonik.
This year’s line-up, rivaling those of the past, features New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, NYC’s downtown darling Mykki Blanco and festival veteran Saul Williams. Other notables, blues-infused up-and-comers Vintage Trouble from Los Angeles and The Heavy from the UK, and hardcore punk band Trash Talk from Sacramento. Also to take the stage, Brooklyn’s own metal prodigies Unlocking the Truth and Battle of the Bands winners Meatloaf Muzik. This isn’t to mention hip-hop heavyweights Danny Brown, Jean Grae and Chuck D—just a few more artists sure to hold it down.
Come to AFROPUNK FEST 2013 this summer and sweat, skate, mosh, shout. Feel the music, free your mind, join the movement.
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experience with the V-VIP ARTist Pass
. Experience the mash-up of music, art, and food with ease and exclusive access to the ABSOLUT X AFROPUNK ARTist LOUNGE.
V-VIP’s will mix, mingle, and live like the ‘ARTists.’ V-VIP’s
get exclusive parking and V-VIP-only access to the park, front-of-house viewing, cash bar with cocktails by ABSOLUT, catered eats with special features by Chef Roble’, private restrooms, on-site concierge services, live photo booth shot by famed photographer Barron Claiborne, and exclusive V-VIP gifts – all housed within the ABSOLUT X AFROPUNK ARTist LOUNGE.
Limited passes are available and going fast. All AFROPUNK V-VIP Pass holders must be 21 or older with valid ID.
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Bringing yoga out of the studio and into the park.
Brooklyn, find your flow with us at AFROPUNK Fest 2013. This year we are hosting RISE + SHINE in partnership with Flavorpill on the green fields of Commodore Barry Park from 10AM to 11AM on August 24 and 25.
The class brings together an international crew to get you ready to party: Faith Hunter, Natasha Blank, Jonni Pollard and DJ Drez will dose you with a high vibe mix of yoga, dance, meditation and good beats to start your day proper.
The RISE + SHINE team has collectively worked with The White House, Miami Winter Music Conference, Bahamadia, Aceyalone, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust, Lightning In A Bottle, and the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies (to name a few).
Each brings a vast range of talent and influence to the table, creating an experience that’s both cutting edge and accessible to everyone.
This class is open to all levels, regardless of your experience or flexibility. Boost your awareness, strengthen your body, find balance — and have FUN.
Spaces are limited. RSVP coming soon.
*Complimentary water will be provided – please bring your own yoga mat.
"AFROPUNK has blossomed into a writhing ecosystem of cultural and digital exchange, sprouting bohemian sects of young minorities in any and every major city" ~ROLLINGSTONE
Surrounding the festival stage, the ART WALL is a giant canvas on which selected visual artists paint original work throughout the two days of the festival. Last year, BaJa Ukweli, Coby Kennedy and See One were a few participants to lay down their skills.
Coby Kennedy’s current project, “In The Service Of A Villain”, is a transmedia narrative realized through sculpture, painting, photography and video that examines the often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and the problematics of self image.
Building on the concept of history repeating itself through the ever present faults of human nature the series explores worldwide issues of class and power as it exists today, has existed in the past, and as it will exist tomorrow.
The work draws on Kennedy’s own experience and observations from a decade of living internationally, working and studying the cross kinetic influence of global 21st century social culture. Whether commenting on the past, critiquing the present, defining the future, or addressing them all at once, Kennedy’s work at its core deals with the constant struggle of the human spirit in the face of the inevitable futility of the human condition. Afropunk ArtWall Proposal: “In The Service Of A Villain” A visualization of the postapocalyptic future history of Brooklyn through portraiture and war photography, highlighting modern issues of Self Hatred, Entitlement, and Genocide.
Check out last year
BITES AND BEATS DJS
"Believe it or not, (AFROPUNK is) so Hip-Hop... started as an underground rebellious movement ... it continuously refused to accept the doors that were continuously shut" ~ALLHIPHOP.COM
BITES AND BEATS STAGE
12:00 – 2:00 DJ UNIIQU3
2:00 – 4:00 DJ LARRY B
4:00 – 6:00 DJ MURSI LAYNE
6:00 – 8:00 DJ J LAMAR
BITES AND BEATS STAGE
12:00 – 2:00 DJ J LAMAR
2:00 – 4:00 DJ MR. HERNANDEZ
4:00 – 6:00 DJ PAT PERVERT
6:00 – 8:00 DJ SEBASTIAN
"... not only a celebration of great music but a celebration of individuality and a microcosm for what NYC has come to represent, a true melting pot" ~ MTV RAPFIX
Hit up the SPIN THRIFT MARKET this year to purchase everything you need to feed your shopping fix. Featuring over 80 local artists, goods sold include fashion, crafts, home décor and more with each piece exhibiting an individual charm specific to local businesses. A hub for anything DIY and original, the buyers and sellers mutually benefit. Provided with a platform for their creativity, the retailers gain exposer and the opportunity to build or expand their following. The shoppers, provided with a concentration of diverse goods, walk away with plenty new items to wear, display and enjoy. When all of Brooklyn’s most unique independent retailers come together, the selection is infinite.
Presented by MoCADA
PUNK is the new normal! Not convinced?!? Perhaps EVERYDAY PEOPLE @ AFROPUNK will change your mind! Join Saada, DJ mOma, and Roble’ as they bring the cool kids from the Lower East Side to the cool kids in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 25th from 12pm to 9pm at AFROPUNK FEST 2013. For $50 – get Fast Pass entry into the park, a mouth-watering mash up of eats curated by Roble’ – catered by Dinosaur BBQ, and a complimentary adult beverage to wash it all down! With amazing bands, the SPINTHRIFT MARKET, custom bike show, model search, rock climbing wall, ART + TIMES live art installations, and more – the trappings of AFROPUNK 2013 will make EVERYDAY PEOPLE even more uncommon!
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"A unique fashion-forward fusion of hippie, punk, raver, rasta, African tribal, and (dare we say) hipster, the colorful looks on display were dazzling" ~ MTV HIVE
The chromed out, candy-painted custom bikes are back! Denim & Chrome, The Gentleman’s Shop and AFROPUNK are teaming up again for The Brooklyn Rhapsody 4th Annual Custom Motorcycle Show at AFROPUNK FEST 2013. Feast your eyes on iconic motorcycles from Indian Larry Motorcycles, Syndicate Choppers, Iacona Customs, Harley-Davidson of NYC and more.
Got a bike you want to show off? Enter it into the show! Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, August 25th at 6pm for Best Chopper, Best Bobber, Best Bagger, and People’s Choice!*
Ready to ride? Check out live demos, hot models, and more at the Harley-Davidson of New York City festival tent. Be sure to pick up your special edition AFROPUNK + HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF NYC t-shirt, featuring the AFROPUNK Lady – the first Black woman ever featured on a Harley-Davidson t-shirt and a homage to diversity in the biker scene.
Figures like Black custom motorcycle designers Sugar Bear and Ben Hardy and diverse motorcycle club Chosen Few have been changing up the game since the beginning. Help honor these overlooked legends.
Be a part of biker history at AFROPUNK FEST 2013!
*For information on entering your bike, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Brooklyn Rhapsody Blog at www.brooklynrhapsody.com!
New for AFROPUNK 2013, we are extremely excited to announce that the AFROPUNK FEST experience won’t stop when the park closes. AFROPUNK 2013 will creep into the streets, bars, and restaurants of Brooklyn with AFROPUNK AFTER DARK. Offering something for everyone – AFROPUNK AFTER DARK will take over select venues and transform the neighborhood of Fort Greene into a captivating playground of music, art, comedy, entertainment and culture. With intimate pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, Story Slams, and drink specials compliments of ABSOLUT and GROLSCH, AFROPUNK AFTER DARK is guaranteed to be the perfect nightcap.
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Finding the Funk
W. Kamau Bell & Friends
House Bacon + Coat Check
Afros By Michael July
Pepper Pot Sunday
African Night Flights
Ole Dirty Disco
1992 x AFROPUNK
Purpel Ferdinand Live
$25 Suggested Donation for Guaranteed Admission Fast Pass
FREE ADMISSION W/ RSVP, $25 Suggested Donation for Guaranteed Admission Fast Pass. Skip the long lines and get to where the fun is!!! Click Below:
$25 Suggested for fast pass,
$50 fast pass, T-shirt
$75 fast pass, T-shirt & AFROPUNK DVD.
**To collect merchandise please take PAYPAL receipt to the AFROPUNK merchandise tent.
**BRING PAYPAL RECEIPT TO RECEIVE “FAST PASS” AT FESTIVAL.
Thank you for your support and donating to this years festival. Your donation will go towards furthering AFROPUNK’s efforts to promote our community and culture. As a thank you, your advanced donation will fast track you through the check in process at the AFROPUNK Fest, meaning more entrances and less of a wait in line!