Written By | Klarque Garrison
AfroPunk… Is there such a place where you would find Anderson Paak, FKA TWIGS, SIR, Masego, Ravyn Lenae, Duckwrth, Brittany Howard and more? I know such a place… AFROPUNK! October 12th and 13th these fantastic performers plus many more descended on the ATL for its 5th year hosting this funky event.
The Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. The festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2005, and has since expanded to other parts of the world.The event was founded by Matthew Morgan and James Spooner with the purpose of exposing fans to alternative punk subculture back in 2005. It has now grown to an average attendance of 60,000 plus rain or shine.
This event is a showcase of styles and culture. It was so refreshing to see the black culture be free to express itself. No matter if you were straight gay, queer or trans you were welcomed to be you. The performances were likewise powerful and passionate. You could tell this was a place performers wanted to be and they were richly rewarded by fans who loved them back.
There is so much to do during this two day extravaganza. Events include cultural awareness exhibits, vendors, food trucks, DJ’s, Solution sessions, Artistic expressions, Battle of the Bands and more. It is also a photographer’s heaven! So many wonderful and colorful beautiful shapes and sizes of black excellence to capture and immortalize AfroPunk is one of a kind. Even rain on day two was not enough to dull spirits or keep fans away.
Atlanta once again finds itself in the midst of the cultural movement. I especially love the fact that the event is held in the heart of the city among its denizens. And the best part about it was IMPRINT Entertainment was there….were you?!See you next year AfroPunksters!
Photo Credit: Klarque Garrison