NYC: Afropunk 2017
A Multicultural Festival in Brooklyn
August 26-27, 2017
AFROPUNK Festival, which takes place in Brooklyn, is where diversity comes together. Dubbed ‘the most multicultural festival in the US’ by the New York Times, AFROPUNK has grown and expanded to Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg. Give your ears a proper introduction.
The weekend-long affair at the end of August brings unparalleled talent to the stage. Past years have featured Grace Jones, Janelle Monáe, and more. As you may have noticed by now, 2017 is the year of Solange. Yes, she’ll be headlining AFROPUNK as well. The festival is all killer, no filler–it’s pure talent, with no nonsense or theatrics.
Here is what else you should expect:
The full list of performers is on the website. There will also be plenty of dance floor action, with rising stars and legendary DJs doing what they do best.
AFROPUNK sets the stage for artists to create conversations around the times and politics that affect us today. Where a lot of festivals fall short in being catalysts for cultural growth, this one invites you to join the movement through music, art, and politics.
Tickets are available on their site. The festival takes place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn and is relatively easy to get to by subway or taxi.
Where To Stay
Ever wanted to experience New York differently? You know, staying away from Times Square traffic, taking the less traveled road? There’s a few spots that capture the neighborhood vibe while still being in close proximity of most transit and areas of interest in Lower Manhattan and nearby DUMBO.
New York’s all about experiences. At Aloft, the essentials are more than taken care of so you can spend more time enjoying what the city has to offer–think free & fast wifi, ergonomic work stations, free coffee, snack bar, and rooftop lounge. Not to mention close proximity to the festival and cultural hubs like Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, and Barclays Center.
Snack & Cocktail Bar
Meeting Spaces & Work Stations
Affordable, comfortable, and stylish. Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side is the key to exploring Downtown Manhattan and the closeby areas of Brooklyn with all they got to offer: shopping, museums, parks, bars and dining. But easy access isn’t the only appear at Indigo, as you’ll find on-site restaurants and cafe, a seasonal pool, and top notch service.
Stylish, laid back, and incredibly accommodating. NU Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn aims to provide the comforts of home while away from home. Think free wifi, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary bikes to get around the neighborhood, and a fitness center (in case you’re looking to squeeze a workout in). The hotel features 15 artist-curated rooms, each uniquely envisioned to represent the culture of Brooklyn’s eclectic creative community.
Fitness Center & Classes
It’s no secret that Soho is a stylish neighborhood, but the arrival of 11 Howard brings conscious hospitality to the shopping neighborhood. Think simplicity but quality, with gorgeous interiors, convenient workspaces, and philanthropic collaborations with non-profits that leave a mark throughout the hotel–from murals to mini-bar. Surely folks at 11 Howard see eye to eye with the stylish and educated Afropunk crowds.
Tribeca is tucked away and seems easy to miss if you don’t look closely, but what’s inside is a secret worth keeping. Interiors are made of clean lines, soothing neutrals, and everything you need to wash off the city grit at the end of the day. Plus, dining options, plenty of light in your rooms, and easy access to Downtown Brooklyn and a handful of subway lines.
Newly Redesigned Rooms