Returning to the UK for its third year, Afropunk festival primes its self for a week-long celebration of diversity and multiculturalism titled AfroPunk  The Takeover: Brixton

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Afropunk (nosa malcolm)

The takeover promises “a plethora of arts, culture and music offerings, plus mind-expanding talks”, with a community focus.

Attendees of previous Afropunk London festivals will be well tuned to its diverse selection of new and established musical acts, fashion and competition with the Battle Of The Bands final.

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All this comes from a now “global institution recognised as a triumph of diversity” alongside a backdrop of protest for inequality.

Three Brixton venues host an array of musical treats over the festival including POP for the final of Battle Of The Bands. Whilst Electric Brixton welcome Garage godfather DJ Spoony, alongside Soul II Soul’s Jazzy B, with local talent BBZ, Born N Bread from NTS radio and party crew Recess

For the finale head to Brixton Academy to see US supergroup August Greene (Robert Glasper, Common, Karriem Riggins), with very special guest Laura Mvula and in true Afropunk style, scholar, poet, activist, cultural commentator & historian, Akala is also set to perform.

Camden boy Bakar, will fuel the night with his energetic and fresh rock and roll sounds, whilst Recess joins again and Brixton’s own Shabba is set to bring the carnival spirit.

Printworks (nosa malcolm)

Afropunk (nosa malcolm)

Underpinning these events will be a week-long art exhibition in the 198 Gallery, explosive poetry from spoken word artists at the Ritzy hosted by Apples and Snakes and a look through the history of Afropunk at the Black Cultural Archives with the Black In The Day exhibition.

And supporting all of this the Department Store will host talks with guest speakers exploring subjects including, what it means to be black, all things LGBTQIA, redefining masculinity and dismantling systematic racial stereotypes.

Saturday 1st September

OPENING EVENT: TBA

Monday 3rd September

Start of art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Talk at Department Store: Radical Self Care

Tuesday 4th September

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Talk at Department Store: Kinks, Colorism and Colonialism

Wednesday 5th September

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Battle of the Bands final at Pop Brixton

Talk at Department Store: BBZ dinner – Power to the Party

Thursday 6th September

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Apples and Snakes – Poetry Slam at The Ritzy

Talk at Department Store: Black in the Day

Friday 7th September

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Black in The Day @ Black Cultural Archives: AFROPUNK archive event

Talk at Department Store:

Art and Commerce: Black to The Future Part One

Art and Commerce: Black to The Future Part Two

CLUB NIGHT AT ELECTRIC BRIXTON

Electric Brixton

DJ SPOONY

JAZZIE B 

BBZ 

BORN N BREAD

RECESS

Saturday 8th September

Art exhibition at 198 Gallery

Talk at Department Store: Redefining Masculinity

AFROPUNK TAKEOVER BRIXTON

O2 Academy Brixton

AUGUST GREENE (Robert Glasper, Common & Karriem Riggins)

w/ SPECIAL GUEST LAURA MVULA & MORE TBA

AKALA

BAKAR

& MORE GUESTS TBA

RECESS

SHABBA

For more info – http://afropunkfest.com/london/

Photography by nosa malcolm,

 

First published 12th August 2018