2020 has certainly been one hell of a rollercoaster of emotions so far. From the disappointments felt by many at the cancellation of both their own events & those of super great bands that they were due to see, to the mass dismay felt worldwide as we witnessed the cold hearted murder of George Floyd by relentlessly unaccountable & corrupt white police officers in Minneapolis.
The vexation felt the world over was possibly the most tangible feat of the year – leading to mass unrest, global protest & the long, long, long, long, long overdue amplification of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bringing us to this present day & one of the most important events of the year which has been underpinned by all of the above.
Before punk music was taken over by whiny white people complaining that boomers have all the money & they can’t get anyone to fancy them (myself included & both fairly worthwhile endeavours), the birth of punk was sprung from a spirit of activism, community care, supporting one another & taking down the ruling elite (in most cases the white, middle aged, bourgeois ‘man’).
Throughout the pandemic we’ve all become more tied to nature, to our families (chosen or otherwise), & have re-evaluated the importance of understanding our heritage. It is high time that the punk scene in itself also took on that 2020 reconsideration mantle & returned to its roots.
& with that we have our first online festival returning to help us do exactly that! The fantastic folk at Decolonise Fest have a weeks worth of SLAMMING events for us lined up supporting us to nurture ourselves, our communities, rebuild the world & hear from some of the best of the best of the best punx of colour 🤙
& all that for a donation based event!! Get tickets here asap: https://dice.fm/festival/decolonise-fest?_branch_match_id=712370987282818617
Press Release & Schedule:
Decolonise Fest moves online for a week-long series of events dedicated to punx of colour
1-6 September 2020
A weeklong series of online events dedicated to the creativity of punx of colour, brought to you by the team behind Decolonise Fest
Like many festivals, we were forced to cancel our event this year, given the current circumstances. As a collective, Decolonise Fest is dedicated to creating a space for our community in the punk scene so we decided to hold a Covid-friendly version of our festival.
On 1st – 6th September we will hold Decolonise Fest Online, a week-long series of workshops, panel events and performances. We’ll play host to online workshops including a Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club workshop involving tantric breathwork, self-care and martial arts, as well as a workshop on Black and Brown queer world building led by Screaming Toenail vocalist and celebrated artist Jacob V Joyce. We will also host a panel on Global Punx of Colour featuring punks from around the world talking about their local scenes and communities.
The series includes two days of exclusive performances from New Orleans no wave glam punks Special Interest, anti-colonial Kenyan punk band Crystal Axis, “South Asian” “American” “Punks” (est. 2006) The Kominas, London-based alt-americana act DeLila Black, electronic synth punk artist PRNCSS and post-punk Netherlands-based act Lifeless Past.
Tickets are free, though we encourage donations if possible. For more information about tickets and the series click here: https://dice.fm/festival/decolonise-fest
Decolonise Fest online is supported using funding from Arts Council England.
Decolonise Fest Online schedule:
Tuesday 1st September 19:00 BST
Clem leads us through a journey of Tantric breathwork, bringing us into contact with the Goddess of Revolution, our Divine Mother, Kali. Monique will then teach a few simple martial arts techniques that will allow us to physically embody the principles of power, protection and pleasure.
Wednesday 2nd September 19:00 BST
Join Jacob V Joyce for a workshop mapping the future through collaborative poetry and writing exercises. This workshop draws on speculative fiction writing techniques to facilitate collaborative envisioning of a queer decolonial future.
Thursday 3rd September 19:00 BST
Join us for sessions from:
Crystal Axis: Anti-colonial Kenyan punk band https://crystalaxis.bandcamp.com/
The Kominas: “South Asian” “American” “Punks” (est. 2006) https://kominas.bandcamp.com/
DeLila Black: London-based alt-americana act https://delilablack.bandcamp.com/
Friday 4th September 19:00 BST
Join us for sessions from:
Special Interest: New Orleans no wave glam punks https://specialinterestno.bandcamp.com/
Lifeless Past: Post-punk Netherlands-based act https://lifelesspast.bandcamp.com/
PRNCSS: Electronic synth punk artist based in London https://soundcloud.com/kandlebadazz
Sunday 6th September 15:00 BST
Join Decolonise Fest for a panel event with punx of colour around the world discussing their local scenes, how punk relates to their identity, how BLM has affected their activism and scene and how to create a global punx of colour community.
About the founders:
Decolonise fest is an annual London-based, volunteer-run, non-profit DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour. Our collective is comprised of activists, militant community organisers, musicians, and artists that came together to hold our first festival in 2017.
Decolonise Fest centres the experiences of punx of colour, who we define this 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, and of Romany Gypsy or Traveller heritage.
Decolonise Fest is a space that allows us to advocate for emerging artists of colour, foster a community of like-minded people, connect punx of colour to global struggles against the legacy of colonialism and indulge in our love of punk together.
We celebrate the many punx of colour creating right now, acknowledge the legacy of our elders and the doors they opened for us and make room for more DIY punx of colour to take centre stage and make some noise.