PLANET AFROPUNK was hands down one of the most important virtual festivals of 2020. The AFROPUNK festival is always one to remember, offering a stage to usually marginalized communities, but this year the festival used the virtual aspect of the show to go even further—and just 10 days prior to Election Day.
And you still have a month to catch it yourself.
AFROPUNK’s site reads that this year’s virtual festival “paid homage to the reality that the upheavals experienced over the course of the year are far from novel; they have been central to the Black experience across space and time, which is recognized in this year’s theme, ‘PLANET AFROPUNK: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IS BLACK.’”
The festival included musicians like Rebelmatic, Songhoy Blues, Big Freedia, Blac Rabbit, Tobe Nwigwe, and Sampa The Great, just to name a few to get excited about. Along with the musicians, they also provided breakout rooms, keynote speakers, and more to give viewers a chance to educate themselves. They have an entire section called “Activism Row” that presents speakers from non-profits, media organizations, as well as musicians all discussing how to take action against global injustices.
This was the first run for PLANET AFROPUNK, taking place of the yearly festival that couldn’t be put on in person this year. The site says that almost 50 percent of its viewers came from South America and Africa and that this year’s festival was “designed to encourage the continued live interaction, activism, and debate on racial justice normally associated with its physical festival.” It managed to be educational and entertaining while charitable, too—viewers had the option to donate to organizations like Black Futures Lab, Color of Change, and Movement for Black Lives, among many others.
If you missed PLANET AFROPUNK live, don’t fret. You can now stream it live on their website here. Make your way through the interactive globe to pick your digital destination and watch live performances. In an uncertain year of upended traditions, PLANET AFROPUNK could provide some great virtual family fun for this year’s Thanksgiving.