You may recall 2 years ago I spent a day out at Afropunk for the very first time. And although I’m not a big fan of crowds and can never attend a music festival for more than one day, I had a really good time and had hoped to make it back the following year in 2018. Unfortunately, life’s shenanigans along with my wallet were not as cooperative at that time, so I had to wait another year to cross the threshold at Commodore Barry Park for this singular-style music and cultural event.
Yes, my experience was a bit different than it was 2 years ago, but Afropunk was no less an experience unlike any other. I may not have had a chance to see more of the punk rock acts I would have liked to see (most of them played on Sunday, and I attended on Saturday), I did manage to do a few things I didn’t get a chance to do last time. For instance, I spent more time on Activism Row, visiting the booths committed to fighting for causes that touch our hearts and our lives. And for the first time, I made it over to Spinthrift Market to chat, visit and support the entrepreneurs who had set up shop to entice us with beautiful and culturally connected wares.
I arrived around 1:30pm on Saturday, August 24th, and the park wasn’t as packed as it had been 2 years before at that time. I would learn later that many people had smartly decided to pace themselves and come later in the day because they had planned to attend the After Dark sessions at local clubs and hangouts when the festival ended at 10pm. Not a bad idea at all, but I wasn’t about to miss hip-hop artist Chika take the stage at 2:45pm. She was one of the biggest draws for me this year, and the first music act I had the pleasure to enjoy that day.
Now that I have fully recuperated from the festivities, I can finally share images and videos of my return to Afropunk. I apologize for the delay this time around. I also enjoyed a relaxing vacation following the festival, and then had to play catch-up at work in the post-holiday return to the grind.
But like last time, instead of detailing all the fun via large swathes of text, I’ll show you what happened with photos and vids so you can see the fun with your own eyes.
And as usual, for a closer — and much clearer — view of each image, simply click on the photo and gaze.