A FREE digital festival for us, by us.
Music. Conversation. Art. Shopping. Food. And more. A space for you to celebrate and inspire, cry and shout, and to heal and motivate one another. On October 23-25, 2020 the next evolution of Black creativity takes place online and worldwide for the first time ever.
Planet Afropunk intends to embrace what it means to be Black through Black music, art, conversation and activism from all over the globe. Conversations on politics and social justice will be an especially large focus this year given that the festival ends only nine days before the 2020 US presidential election. One of the goals of the festival is to motivate the Afropunk community to vote.
As people rally across the world for Black liberation, the producers of the annual festival are using technology this year to bring together the largest virtual gathering of the worldwide Black creative community in one, curated online space for the first time in the events 15-year history.
The festival pays homage to the reality that the upheavals we’ve gone through over the course of the year are far from novel; they have been central to the Black experience across space and time, which is recognized in this year’s theme, “Planet Afropunk: Past, Present and Future is Black.” This Black cultural explosion is taking place online at afropunk.com.
This year’s digital destinations
Ideaville, powered by Target, will be one of the most exciting and anticipated destinations at Planet Afropunk. With keynote speakers, solution sessions and luminary interviews, Ideaville will empower connections between people, ideas and solutions. With Afropunk, Target will spotlight Black voices and stories, while creating a safe space for all of Afropunk’s communities, featuring a Black Queer Town Hall and community soap box.
Bites&Beats will return this year presented by Grubhub, which will be offering virtual festival-goers access to exclusive experiences and Perks from restaurants across North America.
Art & Times will create an immersive gallery experience, celebrating hand-picked work from South African artists in collaboration with Esprit, showcasing how unusual and original combinations create something truly unique.
Hair & Beauty Village will explore all of the facets of Black hair through the eyes of creators, innovators, visionaries and artists to manifest conversations, creativity and community. Hair plays a central role in the identity, self-concept and political consciousness of Black people, and Maui Moisture will be powering important conversations on-platform for festival-goers.
Activism Row will generate discussions on prison reform, the failings of the criminal justice system and the systemic racism and segregation plaguing the school system with Ben & Jerry’s, which is leading the social mission to eliminate injustices in Black communities. Non-profit organization AARP will also be celebrating Black roots and activism through a video tribute and encouraging voter registration.
Spinthrift Market will feature a curated selection of black owned vendors from around the world. Guests will discover makers and creators across many different product areas including beauty, fashion, wellness, gifts, services and more.
The festival will be streamed at planetafropunk.com with exclusive content on Facebook Live from October 23 to October 25, 2020. Details on how to register can be found at planetafropunk.com, sign up now so you don’t miss any exclusives!
RSVP for this free online event at www.planetafropunk.com
For more details, go to afropunk.com/2020/09/planet-afropunk-2020-past-present-and-future-is-black
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