One of the most fascinating and enjoyable trends in Brooklyn is a communal open-mind. A haven for thousands of struggling artists, peculiar minds and progressive thinkers, this New York City borough has produced inspiration like no other place in the world. For these reasons, it seems to be the perfect atmosphere for the annual AFROPUNK Festival.
This music and arts festival brings a wide range of performances and people. Constantly pushing a vibe that is diverse and uninhibited by popular or mainstream trends, it’s safe to say that there is nothing quite like the AFROPUNK Festival.
This year’s lineup is filled with an array of different performers, all revered and progressive with their own sounds. Lianne La Havas— a British folk and soul musician— will be displaying her acoustic, multi-instrumentalist skills. Beloved American soul singer, D’Angelo will be bringing the crowd to their feet with his old school sound and vibrant energy. One of a kind act, Meshell Ndegeocello will be bringing her genre-transcending sound with a grooving and elevated energy.
In addition to the eclectic musical lineup, the AFROPUNK Festival will have some unique and enticing shopping opportunities. The AFROPUNK Spin Thrift Market will showcase the work of over 80 local artisans and artists with fresh, unique, DIY products available for viewing and purchasing.
The nature of this market epitomizes the festival’s unique view perspective on a large-scale gathering. The musical acts are neither the best selling or most commercial artists in the world. The vendors are not corporate franchises shoving overpriced goods into attendees faces. The idea of AFROPUNK is to open peoples minds to all the wonder and artistic beauty that exists in the places we aren’t so inclined to look.
If you find yourself in Brooklyn this August, check out the AFROPUNK festival for an experience unlike anything else. The festival takes place August 23rd and 24th at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York.