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This Brooklyn-Born Music Festival is Making its Debut in Africa This Year

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Updated: 12 July 2017
Those who have heard of AFROPUNK have probably added going to the festival it to their bucket list. The festival has finally added Johannesburg to its list of host cities; it will be coming to South Africa in December 2017 and will include a wide variety of music, art, food, and culture.

The multicultural festival AFROPUNK has been going strong for over 15 years. This year’s Johannesburg festival is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors a day and the weekend-long event will be held at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein.

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Alice Smith @ Afropunk 2014 | ©j-No/Flickr

What It’s All About

The festival was established in Brooklyn, New York, and has spread to Paris, London, Atlanta, and now Johannesburg. AFROPUNK’s roots are inspired by punk music and African culture. Since its inception, it has expanded its music repertoire to hip-hop, jazz, soul, and more. Ultimately it’s about freedom, no pretension, and bridging racial divides.

What to Expect From the Johannesburg Leg of the Festival

The line-up alone is enough to excite, with acts including Solange Knowles, Blk Jks, Urban Village, The Brother Moves On, and many more. Artisan food and craft vendors will showcase some of the best in local design, and visitors will experience all that this vibrant city has to offer in just one weekend.

Festival goers will inevitably work up an appetite from moving and grooving to the amazing musical acts, so grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks or pop-up restaurants that specialise in global cuisine. And for those interested in some retail therapy, the SpinThrift Market sells everything from jewellery and beauty products to books and art.

The fact that the festival is hosted at Constitution Hill attests to its roots as the venue has a strong-historical significance in South Africa’s struggle to democratic freedom. Nelson Mandela was a prisoner in the complex while the South African Constitutional Court, a great symbol of independence, is housed on top of the hill.

Visitors to the festival will no doubt experience a total feeling of wonder when history and music meet on 30 and 31 December in Johannesburg.

Secure a Spot at this Not-To-Be-Missed Festival

Early-bird passes to the festival have already sold out, proving the high-volume of interest surrounding the event.

Main sale tickets are still available and can be purchased online through WebTickets. Weekend passes range from R400 (€26.43; $29.67) to R900 (€59.47; $66.76) while day passes can be bought for R600 (€39.65; $44.51).

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Afro-Punk Festival 2010 | ©Adrian Miles/Flickr