Afropunk Festival Brings Music, Dancing and Haute Street Fashion to Brooklyn


Eleven years in, Afropunk Fest, Brooklyn’s weekend-long blowout celebration of the diaspora of black music and culture, is more wide-ranging than ever. It’s now possible to imagine the skate kids and fashion bloggers who populate the scene coming with their parents to catch headliners including Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Gary Clark Jr. Up-and-coming acts like Raury, rap stars (Danny Brown) and punkers (Death Grips) are also on the bill for the festival, with doors opening Saturday at noon at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene; expect food trucks, on-site mural painting, interactive art and a dance-friendly D.J. stage.“People are out there hula-hooping and sweating and having a good old time,” said Jocelyn Cooper, who runs the festival with a co-founder, Matthew Morgan. After years of offering events for free, organizers found that sponsorships could not cover costs and are now charging for tickets ($45 each day; $75 for both). But concertgoers have a chance to earn tickets by volunteering in the community.afropunk-festival-brings-music-dancing-and-haute-street-fashion-to-brooklyn


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