This year’s AFROPUNK brought its third edition of Carnival of Consciousness to Atlanta. The festival brings together music, food, art, culture, and fashion from people near and far. The lineup was well thought out and inclusive, there were performances from Benjamin Booker to N.E.R.D. to Kaytranada, The Internet, Sango and much more! The stage a banner had the words NO SEXISM, NO RACISM, NO ABLEISM, NO AGEISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA, NO FATPHOBIA, NO TRANSPHOBIA, NO HATEFULNESS; creating an environment of for all who attended to truly feel free to be just who they are without feeling judged by anyone.

This year was my very first time experiencing AFROPUNK and I have to say the atmosphere was liberating. I learned about many new artists and DJ’s while also enjoying some of my favorites. The creativity of the people that attended was beyond what I could have come up with, but next year, I will be more prepared. The food was amazing, the artwork made me want to stand next to it and take pictures. One of my favorite exhibits was brought by Toyota Green Initiative; I made my own glistening body oil and even brought home my own mint grow kit and rode a bike to charge my phone!

My favorite performances were SANGO, Vanjess, The Internet, N.E.R.D., NONAME and my absolute highlight of them all was KAYTRANADA who closed the show with a big dance party.

So if you’re thinking of attending AFROPUNK in the future, here are a few tips I have:

  1. Creative with your outfit/costume there are no limits
  2. Wear comfortable shoes, go alone and make new friends
  3. Try some new food
  4. Buy things from the vendors in the market.

Check out some of the event photos below:

Photos by @creativelair