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Afro Punk fest on in New York

Friday, August 25, 2017

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AFRO Punk Festival is scheduled to take place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn tomorrow and Sunday.

The annual arts festival, which was recently held in London and Paris, celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of Afro-Punk through music, film, skate, and art.

Headlined by American singer-songwriter Solange, the line-up includes Jorja Smith, Raphael Saadiq, Sampha, Thundercat, and Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals.

“While at the festival, be sure to check out the Ting Tiki Bar and stop into the Spin Thrift Market that showcases and celebrates the best of the Afro Punk maker community. With 100+ DIY-minded craft vendors who sell an array of one-of-a-kind and bespoke jewelry, natural beauty products, apparel, housewares, books, prints, and more. Some of the vendors this year will include Hi Wildflower, Afrodesiac Worldwide and Dopecity. You can also find the Hair Village, a celebration of the culture and history that our hair represents through interactive activations and events: Festivalgoers can also try out a new style at the Macy Gray Braid Bar,” said Matthew Morgan, founder of Afro Punk.

The festival's After Dark list of events include Fancy Dress Ball, Afro Comedy, FAR OUT BLACK: An Evening of Afro-Futurist Short Films, and The Rebel Soul Cypher.

The Tiki Bar will be the ultimate chill spot for patrons to relax, indulge in gaming activities, while enjoying Ting signature mocktails and cocktails. According to Carla Hollingsworth, export marketing manager for Ting, the involvement of the brand in Afro Punk has been nothing short of amazing.

“Afro Punk is a hotbed of creativity, and this year the organisers have raised the bar [by] adding a whole other level of creativity with lots more to come. This is phenomenal and Ting International is indeed happy to be part of the festivities,” said Hollingsworth.

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