American alternative collective Afropunk come to the UK for the first time for their inaugural Power to the Party, taking place in London's Alexandra Palace on Saturday 24th September 2016.
Afropunk originated from the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, and has gone on to be a platform for the alternative and experimental. At it's core are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. Afropunk first held their music festival in Brooklyn, New York City in 2005. Last year, they united 95,000 people across their festivals, and events in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Paris. Afropunk today is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more.
The London event's line-up includes MIA with her only London date in 2016, the UK debut of SZA, Word Sound Power - a spoken word collaborative project between Akala, Dreadzone and Don Letts, plus Benjamin Booker, Gaika, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, Cakes da Killa, Vodun, Youth Man, Soulection, and NTS Radio. With many more to be announced.
Afropunk state their message is a clear one - Power to the Party. "Afropunk is about education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individuality are key to the Afropunk ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. London’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment."
The twelve hour event will also host a vibrant space filled with artists, creatives, designers, exhibitions and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the Afropunk community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls - it’s about creating an extended family of Afropunk with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extras to be announced in the coming months.
Ticket prices have not yet been announced, and will be on sale this Friday 17th June and eFestivals will have links to buy them then.
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