AFROPUNK 2015 returns to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park (City Park), for “a weekend of live music, vibrant art and good vibes” on August 22-23. As the AFROPUNK site explains: “Described by the New York Times as ‘the most multicultural festival in the US,’ the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open­-minded, non­conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.” This year, the headliners are Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, and Lenny Kravitz. The festival will be preceded by the first annual AfroPunk Fancy Dress Ball, on August 21. AXS writes:

Aside from the headliners, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies and Thundercat are also scheduled to perform at the festival.

This year will mark the arrival of the first annual AfroPunk Fancy Dress Ball, which will serve as a pre-festival mixer on August 21 with performers such as Grace Jones and Mike Q in attendance. The goal of the ball is to raise money for the AfroPunk Global Initiative, which is an “alliance dedicated to moving the needle of progress closer to a holistic, democratic and enlightened representation of people of color within all facets of society with the goal to create unique programming that encourages diversity in media,” according to the statement released by festival organizers.

AfroPunk NYC will also incorporate a paid and earned ticket program for this year’s festival. Aside from the usual paid entry to the concert, many fans will have the opportunity to volunteer their services within the community in order to earn a ticket.

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