The Afropunk Festival (commonly referred to as Afropunk or Afropunk Fest ) is an annual arts festival that celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK through music, film, skate, and art.
The annual festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, New York City in 2005, and has since culturally expanded the festival across countries.
Originally co-founded by Mathew Morgan and James Spooner, the festival was inspired by Spooner’s 2003 documentary film Afro-Punk, which spotlighted black punks in America. The festival originally sought to provide black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures.
To attract a wider audience, the festival shifted to include soul music, which expanded its target demographic, attracting headliners including Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr..
Musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African-American culture.
Afrofunk’s recent changes to its diverse cultural showcases, has allowed for the festival to build its masses to 60,000 attendees. Due to festival alterations that deviated from original Afropunk culture, former co-founder, James Spooner made the decision to end his involvement with the festival in 2008. Soon after, Jocelyn Cooper was introduced to the festival as co-organizer, broadening Afropunk Fest to Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg, South Africa And now to BROOKLYN, Commodore Barry Park 2018 Edition on Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26.