Carnival is done for the year, which basically means summer is over. However, there is no reason to feel dejected because this is London, and there’s always a motive to be found.

And we have a few reasons to smile at the start of September. Afropunk Brixton Takeover begins; for 6 nights Afropunk will bringing the vibes to the culturally rich Brixton. Afropunk will be taking over key venues to provide Londoners with entertaining and enriching experiences between the 1st – 8th September 2018.

From art installations, talks, live music, DJ sets, workshops, film screenings plus much more… There is no other place to be in London for the next 6 nights. So if you want to hear the sounds of Akala and August Greene (Robert Glasper, Common, Karriem Riggins) or be invigorated by talks led by Gal-Dem & BBZ or catch a vibe with Jazzie B and Born n Bred.

Take a look below to see what is in-store…

Monday 3rd September

TALK SERIES: RADICAL SELF CARE | AFROPUNK @ THE DEPARTMENT STORE
In order to be creative, successful and liberated, you have to get your mind right. Mental wellness, wholeness and focus takes time, hard work and energy. We discuss the issues around mental illness in the Black community, the stigma around mental health, and how we can heal ourselves and our community. A dialogue with mental health professionals, activist and advocates.

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Tuesday 4th September

TALK SERIES: KINKS, COLORISM AND COLONIALISM | AFROPUNK @ THE DEPARTMENT STORE
A conversation about Blackness, beauty and being British. The dialogue will explore Black women and identity, colourism, identity, racism, feminism and colonization through the lens of beauty and hair.

AFROPUNK PRESENTS RACE MUSIC IN LONDON: GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI

Electrifying concert performances and intimate, personal footage showcase the life and talent of singer and actress Grace Jones.

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Wednesday 5th September

AFROPUNK PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS

AFROPUNK’s Battle of the Bands is the first expression of mentorship, support and encouragement in our creative community. Yes, it is a competition in which new artists play for the chance to perform at AFROPUNK events and on its festival stages. But it’s more than that. It’s an opportunity to show the people what you got, to be recognized by your audience and by your peers, since they’re the ones picking the winners. Some victors sign record-label deals and become famous for a while, others play a couple of big shows and fade away. Yet, you know, you know it, in this Battle of the Bands moment, that you need a bigger platform. What are you going to do – but whatever you do, the AFROPUNK community is there for you.
TALK SERIES: BBZ, POWER TO THE PARTY | AFROPUNK @ THE DEPARTMENT STORE
Join BBZ and host Kuchenga in this powerful conversation, welcome to the new club culture.

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Thursday 6th September

AFROPUNK & APPLES AND SNAKES PRESENTS POETRY NIGHT

AFROPUNK and Apples and Snakes presents some of the best Black British poets and spoken word artists on the scene. Join us for a night of explosive poetry and spoken word, great music and even better vibes – ending with a DJ set and a rave.

TALK SERIES: BUILDING A NEW BLACK BRITIAN
Black In The Day explores the past as we create a new Black Future in a three part intergenerational dialogue among culture creators, community builders, and change agents. How can we use inspiration, creativity and history to help create a road map for the cultural transformation.

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Friday 7th September

TALK SERIES: BLACK TO THE FUTURE PART ONE & PART TWO | AFROPUNK @ THE DEPARTMENT STORE
ART AND COMMERCE: BLACK TO THE FUTURE PART ONE
A conversation with Black British creative entrepreneurs, influencers and visionaries about creating businesses that represent our culture and community. What are the opportunities, challenges and possibilities to build and reimagine a Black future?

ART AND COMMERCE: BLACK TO THE FUTURE PART TWO
What does building a 21st Century Black media empire look like? How do we create it? How do we build it? How do we sustain it? A conversation with Black British media professionals, journalist, digital entrepreneurs, marketing execs and creatives. What does the future look like through a Black lens?

AFROPUNK @ ELECTRIC BRIXTON
DJ SPOONY*JAZZIE B*BBZ*BORN N BREAD*RECESS
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Saturday 8th September

TALK SERIES: POLITICS & THE POLITICIAN / REDEFINING MASCULINITY | AFROPUNK @ THE DEPARTMENT STORE
An exploration of modern Black masculinity. While Black men are under attack — battling social injustice, and facing higher risks of incarceration, health disparities, and early death, there is also a renaissance of Black male visibility, power and presence on the global stage. How do we reimagine male identity and dismantle systemic racial stereotypes to empower our communities?

AFROPUNK PRESENTS @ BRIXTON ACADEMY
AUGUST GREENE (ROBERT GLASPER, COMMON & KARRIEM RIGGINS) * LAURA MVULA * AKALA * BAKAR

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