Afropunk Festival returned to a Brooklyn over the weekend (8/27-8/28), moving to a new location, Greenpoint Terminal Market, from its longtime home of Commodore Barry Park. Speaking to Gothamist, head of Afropunk Worldwide Allen T. Lamb said, “Without talking about Commodore Barry specifically, I can note New York City and Brooklyn have developed ways of thinking about their parks. So I don’t believe you’ll see major festivals landing inside of these spaces for the foreseeable future. So in helping to support the city and its decision makers, we wanted to find a space that would be supportive of the brand, supportive of its artists, and its audience. As we came upon the Greenpoint Terminal Market, the skyline that we will see was a part of the draw. As well as just making sure it’s accessible. It is accessible by a ferry, by car and subway.” Lamb also noted to Gothamist that the location would hold significantly fewer than in past years, making for “the most intimate Afropunk that we’ve ever curated for the audience.”
The festival’s 2023 edition had the theme of “Circus of Soul,” and Saturday’s lineup featured Flying Lotus, Vince Staples, Tobe Nwigwe, Durand Bernarr, Amindi, Iniko, Moises, Proper., Winter Wolf, DJ Bembona, Cleo Reed, Madison McFerrin, and more. Along with its musical lineup, Afropunk is known for being a hotbed of attendees showcasing their wild personal style, and this year was no different. See pictures from the whole day by Luis Ruiz (@larufoto) below.