Afropunk kicks into gear in Jozi
The Afropunk festival was started by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper in 2005 in New York, to respond directly to the needs identified in the documentary
Afro-Punk is the title of a 2003 documentary directed by James Spooner, which traces the lives of black people in the white punk subculture. The Afropunk festival was started by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, to respond directly to the needs identified in the documentary. The festival has since expanded to Atlanta, London and Paris under a nonprofit arm of the organisation known as Afropunk Global Initiative. Its intention is to work alongside traditionally underserved communities, support local creative businesses and invest in the creative economy. "We love the music, the style and the culture in SA and wanted to showcase the talented community that is here to the rest of our community around the world," says Cooper. On its second visit to SA, the initiative met with Dawn Robertson, CEO of the Constitution Hill Development Company. Constitution Hill is an icon of inclusion, multiculturalism and equality for people and is positioning itself as a ga...