The contribution of people of colour to punk music and culture has been consistently and grievously ignored by history, and punx of colour continue to be undervalued to this day.
This is why a collective of musicians, artists and creatives have come together to organise the first ever Decolonise Fest, which will be held in London from 2nd – 4th June 2017. As the festival will be entirely DIY and advertisement-free, the group have been organising a series of fundraising gigs in the lead up to it.
Their next show will take place this Saturday 18th March at The Victoria in Dalston. The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454562391266865/
Post-punks and BBC Radio 6 favourites Shopping (pictured) will headline, supported by punk’s ultimate girl gang The Tuts and the multi-lingual surf-punk trio As Ondas. Advance tickets are only £6, as the festival takes a stance at keeping all their events as financially accessible as possible. Tickets are on sale here: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org/events/2955-decolonise-fest-fundraiser-shopping-the-tuts-as-ondas
The collective behind Decolonise Fest, known as the DIY Diaspora Punx, have outlined the concept for the festival:
“Decolonise Fest will celebrate all the brilliant Diaspora Punx, who we define as people who are descended (through one or both parents) from the original inhabitants of Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Australasia, North America, and the islands of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.
We want to celebrate the punx of colour that are creating right now, acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, while also making room for more punx of colour to take centre stage and make noise.”
For more information on the festival itself head to https://www.facebook.com/decolonisefest/