Genre-defying, mainstream-disrupting cultural institution AFROPUNK is thrilled to announce this year's virtual initiative "Black Spring." "Black Spring" combines AFROPUNK's legacy of inclusion, activism, and highlights the best new talent in the world with a focus on Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean artists and culture for 2021. Performers include Rico Nasty, Seu Jorge, Seafoam Walls, DAWERXDAMPER, Black Pantera, CHOCQUIBTOWN, Projexx, and JUP, with the entire festival being hosted by Santana Caress.
The festival will be kicked off with a very special AFROPUNK x NPR Tiny Desk collaboration beginning an hour earlier at 3 pm ET. This program includes performances by Chocquitbtown, Calma Carmona, Luedji Luna, and Nenny, and will be hosted by Jorge "Gitoo" Wright." AFROPUNK x NPR Tiny Desk can be seen here. Music fans can experience the complete festival worldwide at planetafropunk.com from 4–7pm.
"Black Spring," like its name, is set to be an experience of revitalization, reclamation, revolution, and renewal. Inspired by the idea of claiming one's freedom, as well as the change in season, the vibrancy of the Afro-Latin musical community, "Black Spring" will be a virtual festival like no other this year. "Black Spring" is AFROPUNK's clarion call to the Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean communities to claim, revel, and celebrate in their Blackness without shame or fear; to be seen without the lens of "Otherness" and to fully, wholly embrace the intersectionality of existence and identity. The festival—produced industry veterans by Anthony Maddox, Tina Farris, and Dominic Pearson—will be an evolving, cultural space from which to inspire and create discourse, and will focus on the tenets of AFROPUNK's ongoing core mission: to propel, support, affirm, and learn from these communities at large.
The work and the focus of AFROPUNK over the last 16 years has been to deconstruct oppressive structures and ideologies that have suppressed expression of Black marginalized communities. AFROPUNK is incredibly proud of the global non-conformist movement that they have created in almost two decades, and continue to convey a vocal message of inclusiveness and ethos of "No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, No Hatefulness."
- Seating is limited in the auditorium (40 people) and RSVP is required.
- Auditorium rows will be skipped and only visitors that are visiting together are to be seated together. There will be six feet in between for all others.
- Visitors that RSVP for this live-stream screening will be guaranteed a seat in the auditorium.
- Visitors without an RSVP will be guided, as capacity allows, to available seats.