Having gone to Afropunk last year in Paris and going again this year, my experiences were a bit different!
Last year I was super excited AfroPunk made its debut in Europe and Paris happened to be the city of choice. Since AP originally started in the Brooklyn and having witnessed the energy and vibes of AP back in the states, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would be perceived in a different setting.
In the end, it was a blast, the ambience was intimate at Le Trianon, the music line up was great and it really brought a since of community among locals and foreigners which isn’t something you get to see every day in Paris.
This year’s festival I had a little more of an idea of what to expect. However, things ending up being a bit different. I felt like the atmosphere was even more interactive and animated this time around, and you could really see AfroPunk’s growth in Paris! Compared to a 2 day festival last year, AP took place over 3 days, there were tons of events leading up to the event to spark conversation and discussions, there was an outdoor market, and people came from all over the place, UK, U.S. Brazil , Germany you name it! I found people to be super friendly, acknowledging everyone’s beauty and sparking up conversations with new friends.
If I had to sum up AfroPunk Paris 2016 I would say people seemed to be the center of AfroPunk this year. Although AP is a music festival it seemed as though the music was the background noise and people were the center stage.
Here are some of my captures of AfroPunk Paris 2016.