Thank You London!
Who Are We
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.
The fans are the bands, the bands are the fans. Fuck rock stars.
What They're Saying
AFROPUNK’s a rare festival where everyone in attendance is on the same page and yes – that is because most of the attendees are black. What makes AFROPUNK special is that it respects its audience – from promoting rising local talents to supporting local black businesses by giving them an area to set up shop. AFROPUNK is a celebration of blackness and it was beautiful to see that in action.
Not only is Afropunk vibrantly political and anti all forms of nastiness, it’s also one hell of a good day out, with great, important artists, brilliant music, thought-provoking art and exceptionally decent food. A celebration of individuality, but also of collective power, here’s to its imminent return in the UK – and the hope that other festivals, events, venues and gigs, take on board its powerful message.
AFROPUNK London was a much needed celebration of blackness and diversity.
The atmosphere on the day was welcoming, and the championing of diversity was clear and powerful!
At AFROPUNK you will see some of the most beautiful people you’ve ever laid eyes on, with the most innovative hairstyles and fashion choices to boot.
Battle Of The Bands
AFROPUNK’s Battle of the Bands is the first expression of mentorship, support and encouragement in our creative community. Yes, it is a competition in which new artists play for the chance to perform at AFROPUNK events and on its festival stages. But it’s more than that. It is an opportunity to show the people what you got, to be recognized by your audience and by your peers, since they’re the ones picking the winners. Some victors sign record-label deals and become famous for a while, others play a couple of big shows and fade away. Yet all feel the roar of an approving room recognizing, in this Battle of the Bands moment, that you need a bigger platform. What you do with that moment is up to you – but whatever you do, the AFROPUNK community is there for you.
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