Thank You Brooklyn

Check out our exclusive interviews with this year’s performers.

Who We Are

Afro: as in, born of African spirit and heritage; see also black (not always), see also rhythm and color, see also other, see also underdog.

Punk: as in, rebel, opposing the simple route, imbued with a DIY ethic, looking forward with simplicity, rawness and open curiosity; see also other, see also underdog.

AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you.

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Power To The Party

POWER, it’s a feeling, it’s an energy, it’s the undisputed connection between cause and effect — the best of us give it away, the worst usurp it, but living modern life to the fullest, means either mastering your relationship to it or walking in its shadow. We are not blind.

PARTY, is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast individual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang — and the story of any party is never over, because like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

So why is AFROPUNK giving “POWER TO THE PARTY?” Because we trust the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group-mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.

Mixtapes

The Fans Are The Bands, The Bands Are The Fans, Fuck Rock Stars.

What They're Saying

“’It’s Punk Rock To Be Black In America’: Afropunk Festival Pushes The Movement”

npr

“Afropunk says it’s “the other Black experience,” but for two days within Commodore Barry Park, things that are seen as eccentricities elsewhere were accepted as essential expressions of blackness.”

Spin

“Afropunk has grown into a place of inclusivity ― free from judgement and stereotyping ― which celebrates just how multifaceted people really can be in the black community.”

HuffPo