AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2023: Celebrating Culture

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2023: Life & Culture

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2023: Celebrating Culture


AFROPUNK has been a safe space for Black alternative culture for almost two decades, encompassing a celebration of life, music, food, culture, and community. This year, the festival returns to its home borough of Brooklyn with a twist: AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2023 takes place at the Greenpoint Terminal Market. The festival kicked off on Saturday, transforming the picturesque waterfront into a “Circus of Soul” with two stages, local vendors, and breathtaking views of the skyline. As always, AFROPUNK brought unbeatable vibes, showcasing the city’s freshest fashion and delivering exceptional performances.

Day One: AFROPUNK Brooklyn was a joyous affair, with a hip-hop heavy lineup celebrating the genre’s 50th birthday. Headliner Flying Lotus closed the night with cosmic jazz hits from his acclaimed Yasuke album, while Vince Staples, the Beatnuts, and Toby Nwigwe (who brought out EARTHGANG’s Olu) all delivered high-energy performances. Acclaimed jazz singer Madison McFerrin and R&B rising star Durand Bernarr also graced the AFROPUNK stage, providing a more soulful and introspective contrast.In addition to the impressive sets, AFROPUNK celebrated the local Black community by serving delicious food at AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘N Beats and supporting local merchants selling handmade projects at the Spinthrift Market. The festival truly encompassed all aspects of Black creativity, creating an atmosphere unlike any other.

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2023

DayTwo: Sunday brought another action-packed day at the festival’s new location at Greenpoint Terminal Market, which was transformed into a haven of acceptance and positivity. Fans showed up in their finest outfits to witness performances by superstars like Teyana Taylor, who delivered a show filled with her biggest hits, including “Google Me,” “Work This Body,” and “We Got Love.” Teyana, who came out of retirement for this special occasion, gave a heartfelt speech before her performance, thanking the fans for their support and expressing her gratitude for being able to share her music with them. Her headlining set, which included appearances by her husband Iman Shumpert and their two daughters, Junie and Rue, was a family affair and a memorable moment for all.

The festival kicked off with a performance by Sudan Archives, who brought her unique blend of violin and electronic music to the stage. Next up was Baby Tate, who delivered a high-energy set that had the crowd dancing. Joey Bada$$ followed with a performance of his classic hip hop tracks, and then Teyana Taylor took the stage.

Teyana’s set was a celebration of Black womanhood, and she brought her all to the performance. She danced, she sang, and she even played the drums. The crowd was on their feet the entire time, and they sang along to every word. Teyana’s speech before her performance was also a highlight of the day. She spoke about the importance of representation and the power of music. She said that she was grateful to be able to share her music with the world and she encouraged the fans to never give up on their dreams. Beyond Teyana, the festival offered an eclectic array of artists to entertain the Brooklyn crowd. Hometown hero Joey Bada$$ delivered a stunning sunset set with the NYC skyline as his backdrop. Before the stars took the stage at night, AFROPUNK showcased incredible performances from Baby Tate, Sudan Archives, Dreamer Isioma, DBN Gogo, and more. Local DJs Mahogany and SNS kept the energy going between sets, playing the hottest tracks.

In addition to the music, AFROPUNK provided a platform for local creatives to showcase their talents. The Spinthrift Market buzzed with activity as fans had the opportunity to purchase handmade goods from local artisans. AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘N Beats offered a variety of delicious eats from Black-owned food trucks and restaurants in NYC, featuring Caribbean, Nigerian, Soul Food, and more. AT&T, Lush Cosmetics, and All Ways Black also hosted their own activations, celebrating the individuality of every attendee and the unity that creates the AFROPUNK family.

AFROPUNK is more than just an event; it is a celebration of life, music, food, and culture within the Black community. AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2023 continues the brand’s legacy as a safe space for Black alternative culture, providing a haven for attendees to express their authentic selves. With a triumphant debut at its new location, the festival continues to inspire the most creative and vibrant individuals in Brooklyn and beyond. AFROPUNK Brooklyn remains the most celebratory and inclusive event of the year, spreading love and positivity as it always does.

Check out the highlight photos from Greenpoint Terminal Market below and stay tuned for more information about upcoming AFROPUNK events and initiatives.


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