Lets get right into this years AFROPUNK Brooklyn’s Festival of 2023….. the annual music festival and cultural event held in Brooklyn, New York on August 26th & 27th, 2023. AfroPunk celebrates black culture, community, creativity, and individuality, featuring a diverse lineup of artists across various genres, including music, fashion, art, and activism.  This years headliner, Teyana Taylor graced the stage with an electrifying performance that transformed the audience into the Janet Jackson era which felt like the early 90’s. Check out our video coverage here

This years location was a whole different vibe over looking the East River, with unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline, Greenpoint Terminal Market provides a picturesque location for the performances and trademark AFROPUNK activations, including the Spinthrift Market and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats. AFROPUNK transformed the space, adding lawns, trees, and other shade structures to allow for a soothing and soulful day outside.

Full Line Up Included:

Teyana Taylor, Flying Lotus, alongside Joey Bada$$, Vince Staples, Toby Nwigwe, Baby Tate, Sudan Archives, Durand Bernarr, Dreamer Isioma and many more. Take a look at our exclusive video coverage here 

AFROPUNK promotes inclusivity and self-expression, and it’s known for its vibrant atmosphere and unique style.  Since its inception, AFROPUNK has emerged as a powerful cultural movement, transcending boundaries and reshaping the narrative around black identity. Born out of a desire to provide a platform for alternative black voices often marginalized in mainstream spaces, AFROPUNK has grown into a global phenomenon.

At its core, AFROPUNK is a celebration of diversity, embracing a rich tapestry of cultures, styles, and expressions within the black community. It is a space where artists, musicians, and creatives converge to showcase their talents, blurring the lines between genres and challenging conventional norms. One of AFROPUNK’s defining features is its unapologetic emphasis on self-expression. Attendees revel in the freedom to present themselves authentically, often through bold fashion, vibrant hair, and intricate body art. This ethos extends beyond aesthetics, encouraging a sense of empowerment and individuality that permeates every aspect of the festival.

In addition to its artistic offerings, AFROPUNK is a platform for critical conversations and activism. Workshops, panel discussions, and forums provide spaces for dialogue on pressing social issues, from racial justice to LGBTQ+ rights. Through these discussions, AFROPUNK cultivates a sense of solidarity, empowering attendees to effect positive change both within and beyond the festival grounds.

The music at AFROPUNK is a testament to its commitment to diversity. A carefully curated lineup features an eclectic mix of genres, from punk rock to hip-hop, soul to electronic. This musical mosaic reflects the expansive range of black artistry and ensures that there’s something for everyone, regardless of taste.

AFROPUNK’s impact extends far beyond its festival dates. It has become a catalyst for a global community, sparking conversations and collaborations that reverberate throughout the year. Whether through its online platform, regional events, or cultural initiatives, AFROPUNK continues to inspire, uplift, and challenge the status quo.

In a world where representation and recognition for black creatives can be hard-fought, AFROPUNK stands as a beacon of empowerment and celebration. It reminds us that blackness is not monolithic, but a kaleidoscope of experiences, expressions, and talents that deserve to be seen, heard, and celebrated. As AFROPUNK continues to evolve, it leaves an indelible mark on the cultural landscape, shaping the narratives of black excellence for generations to come. We are really looking forward to next year!

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