Afropunk ATL: Bridging Music & Activism through a "Carnival of Consciousness"

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While many may think that Atlanta’s hot summer days are giving way to Autumn’s cool breeze, world-renowned festival Afropunk is bringing the heat back to the city October 13-14 with the third edition of “Carnival of Consciousness”.


For more than a decade, Afropunk has rebelled against societal norms and has fostered a community of music-lovers from all walks of life. This year’s festival is set to take place at 787 Windsor and will include some of the culture’s most unique, influential and talented artists like KAYTRANDA, N.E.R.D and Pusha-T the DJs who will keep the crowd dancing until the wee hours of the morning.


But what may be even more exciting than the lineup is the chance for like-minded people to cultivate, create and foster a budding community. The festival will provide people with the stimulating talks, discussions and the chance to present solutions for the plethora of societal issues that communities on a daily basis.

Saturday will boast co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors along with Black Lives Matter Atlanta as they celebrate the five year anniversary of the social movement. The days are set to shine the spotlight on Atlanta artists and activists along with the launch of WE ARE THE ONES WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR series - BLM: FIVE YEARS OF RESISTANCE. The second installation of WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR series will take place on Sunday, along with a discussion on voter’s rights, community rights and the importance of mid-term elections.


Aside from talking about societal issues, Afropunk Atlanta will also give its attendees the chance to take action in their community through Activism Row, and educational installation that will feature local grassroot organizations like Georgia WAND, Headcount, Sons and Brothers and Atlanta Jobs With Justice. And even though combatting the challenges of society never truly stops, attendees can dance off some stress through the night during the After Dark Trap Heals Experience. A late-night purposeful dance party that is said to go all night long (or at least until 1 AM).

Afropunk’s blaring emphasis on community and unity while celebrating and accepting the uniqueness of every festival-goer that walks in through the gates is what makes Afropunk stand out from the rest and a must-attend event.

Don’t miss out! Purchase your ticket for Afropunk Atlanta today while there’s still time!

Alexandra Offor

When she's not writing about new music, she's discovering it. Aside from delivering music junkies their latest musical fix, you can find her eating her way through the metro Atlanta area, at the gym or binge-listening to podcasts.