New partnership between Afropunk Festival and Borough Hall will give more people a chance to get free fest tickets

Ice-ice-baby: Ice Cube headlined the 2016 Afro Punk festival.
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It’s the Afropunk Army.

Broke music lovers who want to attend the annual festival of black alternative bands and artists next year can get free tickets from Borough Presidents — if they volunteer some of their time.

The tickets, which cost $45–$75 dollars at this year’s festival in Commodore Barry Park, will be given to those donating eight hours of their time doing things such as distributing flyers for Borough President Adams’s upcoming town hall meeting with the chair of the New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye and Councilman Ritchie Torres (D–Bronx) and promoting awareness about programs that already exist but people might not otherwise know about.

“We think even more so there will be folks that are already keen on going to the festival that are looking at this as a possible opportunity for public service,” said Stefan Ringel, a Borough Hall spokesman.

Afropunk — which has expanded from Brooklyn to three other locations around the world — offered free tickets in years past, but added a price tag for the first time in 2015, creating the free-tickets-for-volunteer program to keep the show available to all Brooklynites.

And Ringel said adding to those volunteer opportunities was a no-brainer for the Beep’s office.

“Afropunk has an incredible culture surrounding it, of social activism merging with popular culture or in some ways counter-culture to raise consciousness on a variety of issues already,” he said. “It’s about activating the festival with a year round movements that’s really plugged into public service.”

Details of next year’s festival aren’t available yet, but the two-day fest typically takes place in late August at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Part performers have included Bad Brains, Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Suicidal Tendencies, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, and Kelis.

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Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Darlene armstead says:
Thank you for sharing and all your doing for Brooklyn great job. Eric Adams
Oct. 28, 2016, 11:40 am
Bart says:
So Mr. Adams is using this as an oppurtunity to get free labor, and use public money to give gifts to his homeboys. Great.
Oct. 28, 2016, 1:22 pm
HONEY from Williamsburg says:
What would a BALD man know about AFRO culture? This is the story of frizzy hair people. Eric Adams is just doing CULTURAL APPROPRIATION of people with hair! He wouldn't know anything about having messy, rough hair that you have to afro.
Oct. 29, 2016, 3:37 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Stupid and racist mothers are out in force today.

The first few AfroPunk festivals were amazing, like the one in 2009 at the parking lot (since gone) by BAM between Ashland & Flatbush. There was a real DIY spirit and it all seemed so real and spontaneous, something that got lost as the festival moved to Commodore Barry Park, became a 'thing' and began charging money. I remember the exhilaration of the early, small AfroPunk Festivals and being able to be up close to see Saul Williams and Janelle Monae. As a retiree on a fixed income, I haven't been able to afford attending the last couple of years, and I salute our borough president for trying to help out those who can't afford tickets.

And boo to the racists who post their horrible comments here.
Oct. 31, 2016, 1:35 pm
Samir Kabir from Downtown says:
Article does not say the date of the Afro Punk fest for this year.. It does say how much tickets cost. First things first, I guess. The article also fails to say where the Afro Punk fest will be held. Inconsequential information, I guess.
Nov. 1, 2016, 6:58 am

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