What We're Up To This Weekend! — AFROPUNK London 2017

Four days to go until AFROPUNK's second return to London on July 22nd to the 23rd. The US-born music festival celebrates the influence and contribution of black people from various backgrounds — races, gender and beliefs to alternative cultures and lifestyles. Taking place at Printworks in Surrey Quays, this year's festival as usual includes a lineup of incredible live performing artists and activities such as the Spinthrift marketplace; Bites & Beats (food) and Art & Time (artistic murals and exhibitions).

(L2R): Little Sims; Saul Williams; Corrine Bailey Ray; Jazzie B; Kojey Radical; Nadia Rose; Petite Noir; Cosmo Pyke

(L2R): Little Sims; Saul Williams; Corrine Bailey Ray; Jazzie B; Kojey Radical; Nadia Rose; Petite Noir; Cosmo Pyke

Much to our delight this year's line up features both established and groundbreaking incredible talents, such as Corinne Bailey Ray, Saul Williams, Willow Smith, Kojey Radical, Lianne La Havas, Little Simz, Sate, Nadia Rose and Nao.  Keeping the vibe going between performances over the festival weekend will be popular collective gal-dem; Hannah Faith; Jamz Supernova, Clara Amfo and Born n Bread on the decks.

(L2R): The Internet; Lianne La Havas; Nao; JME; Thundercat; Danny Brown; Willow Smith; The Heavy.

(L2R): The Internet; Lianne La Havas; Nao; JME; Thundercat; Danny Brown; Willow Smith; The Heavy.

(L2R): Liam Bailey; The Bots; Mahalia; Sate; Connie Constance; Kiah Victoria; The OBGMS; Black Orchid.

(L2R): Liam Bailey; The Bots; Mahalia; Sate; Connie Constance; Kiah Victoria; The OBGMS; Black Orchid.

In addition to looking forward to the live acts, we are excited to explore the SPINTHRIFT Market to meet and shop from the overwhelming exhibitors and vendors of bespoke African-inspired art, textiles, jewellery, homeware, beauty, style and more. Such as: 

AFRODESIAC Worldwide.

AFRODESIAC Worldwide is a US-based online fashion retailer specialising in women's clothing and accessories using ankara, with an amazing collection of jumpsuits, wrap dresses and tops.

ASO Global.

ASO Global is an artistic clothing brand whose t-shirt, t-dresses and hoodies are ethically produced. Printed on either black or white, the designs featured on the clothing are mainly of West African (Nigerian) masks or vintage stamps. Some of its designs are as a result of a collaboration between artists of African descent, globally.

Sunu Kër.

Sunu Kër is beauty brand inspired by African beauty practices. Meaning 'Our Home' in Wolof (Senegalese dialect), the brand's products are homemade and are a blend of plants and raw ingredients from Africa. Their selection of products include: body butter; hair moisturiser and mask; lip and heel balm, as well as beauty and style accessories: ankara drawstring bag, makeup bag, earrings, hand-carved afro pick and head wraps.

Dorcas Creates.

Dorcas Creates a beautiful, bright and bold illustrated art in the form of pins, cards, tote bags, frames and more. Self-taught, Dorcas' art uplifts black women because if offers us a visually diverse representation of ourselves in our varied styles, personalities and states.

Le Ekhaya.

Le Ekhaya meaning 'back home' in Ndebele (Zimbabwe) is a bold and daring handmade jewellery brand, only using locally sourced materials. Inspired by the Ndebele tribe in South Africa, known for their distinctive aztec-like patterns and colour aesthetics, the brand uses vibrant colours to create intricate and innovative designs, with each piece creating a bold and unique statement for the woman wearing it.

Further Reading: AFROPUNK Tickets