The balmy summer air pulsated with the sound of music as crowds streamed into Brooklyn’s Afropunk Fest this past weekend.
Since it first launched in 2005, the two-day musical event has become known as much for its culturally diverse lineups as for the vibrant, free-spirited energy of the festival-goers. The festival has since expanded beyond Brooklyn, with events in Atlanta, Paris, London and Johannesburg.
If you didn’t have a ticket to this years sold-out event, you were out of luck and had to be content with catching the sounds flowing out of the screened-in Commodore Barry Park. Enterprising food vendors, artists and activists with petitions for signing set up on the streets surrounding the park while camera crews and photographers waited to capture the statement-making fashion of the attendees heading towards the entrances.
The thousands inside the park had perfect weather for soaking in the music, art, food and fashion celebrating alternative black culture.
After sorting through hundreds of images looking for photos that encapsulated the spirit of the weekend, here are our top 10 picks.