Jul 17, 2018 | By Olivia Barnes
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Although I’m no rookie to shooting festival street style (10 years and counting), Afropunk festival was a first for me. In light of the #NoChella movement and a general distaste for copy+paste festivalgoers, the two-day Brooklyn event is a welcome enabler for all expressive persons and personalities.
Now in its 11th year, Afropunk festival remains a sacred and safe spot, not akin to Burning Man, but sharing common ideologies with enormous billboards framing the stage stating “No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fat phobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness”.
You get the message. The result was a visual chaos of playful prints, intricate neon braids, and head-to-toe body adornments, and more importantly, it was the warmest and wholesome crowd I’ve come across in a long time.
Acts on the day included headliners Lauryn Hill and Lenny Kravitz, but my focus was on the fashion and the brilliantly stylish crowd.
The festival has now expanded with more global offerings including one in Paris and 2016 sees the launch of the first London outpost of the event, but some might say the summer Brooklyn event is the original and the best.
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