AFROPUNK has announced its third edition of AFROPUNK Presents the Carnival of Consciousness, Atlanta for October 13th and 14th. Taking place once again at Atlanta’s 787 Windsor complex, it is as much an arts and ideas festival as a blank space to be communally created. At this Carnival, like-minded people of all varieties come together to exchange innovative ideas, and form a new kind of immersive gathering. Performers for this year’s Carnival will include N.E.R.D, The Internet, Wicked Wisdom, Benjamin Booker, Noname, Little Simz, Serpentwithfeet, Gaika, Yves Tumor and Kari Faux with further announcements coming soon.
The festival that began in Brooklyn in 2005 has since expanded around the world – to Paris and Johannesburg, to London and Atlanta. Beyond the constellation of large-scale live-music events, AFROPUNK is a world-wide community that is the engine of the global black experience, creating space and value for the intersections, embracing the plurality of our stories and individualities across borders and continents. The AFROPUNK festivals are gathering places to experience art and fashion, food and local markets.
In an effort to make sure that everyone who wants to be a part of the AFROPUNK experience can be, the festival will be bringing back it’s earned-ticket program, called AFROPUNK ARMY. The earned-ticket, social-justice advocacy program gives fans the opportunity to join AFROPUNK’s volunteer corps for admittance to the festival. The AFROPUNK Global Initiative, works closely with nonprofit partners to provide volunteer activities and community givebacks in exchange for a ticket to the festival (a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work will earn ONE General Admission ticket). The AP ARMY program will launch for the 2018 festival season later this spring.
Afropunk Atlanta 2018 returns this year is The SpinThrift Market, which showcases the best of the AFROPUNK maker community. DIY craft vendors who sell an array of one-of-a-kind products. First selections for the SpinThrift Market include Afrikans United, Eloexa and QILO, with many more to be added by the fall.
AFROPUNK BROOKLYN will take place on August 25 & 26 at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. The 2018 version of AFROPUNK Brooklyn continues to display one of the most exciting and inclusive lineups in the world. Headlining the fest is Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Miguel and Janelle Monae. Other performers include The Internet, Twin Shadow, Ibeyi, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Lolawolf, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Trash Talk, The Fever 333, Denzel Curry, Smino, Jamila Woods, Jessie Reyes and many more.
AFROPUNK returns to Paris on July 14th and 15th for it’s 3rd annual jaunt to the french capital. Returning to La Villette where last year’s successful festival took place, the full lineup for 2018 includes SZA, D’Angelo, Wizkid, Damian ‘Jr.Gong’ Marley, Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Goldlink, Davido, Nneka, Sandra Nkake, Nahkane, Mahalia and Ecca Vandal, Estere and The NoFace, with DJ performances from Anais B, Cheetah, Queen CI,Manare, Mo Laudi, Pllow and Rokia Bamba