August 23 - 27, 2018
The Runaway and AFROPUNK teamed up to bring you an exclusive festival weekend that will immerse you in Brooklyn's dynamic creative spaces. Join us this summer as we celebrate music, art, and culture.
The Experience

Join us in Brooklyn, where the world renowned AFROPUNK music festival began. Over a decade later, the festival continues to showcase the most exciting and inclusive lineups in the world, with this year's headliners: Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Miguel and Janelle Monae. Our 5 day, 4 night experience will grant you VIP passes for an elevated AFROPUNK experience, boutique accommodations just a short walk from the festival, plus a curated Brooklyn itinerary.
Over the course of the long weekend, we'll celebrate Black art, fashion, and food with local Brooklyn writers, designers, and restaurateurs. Each morning will start with yoga to stretch our bodies and center our minds before hitting the city streets and the crowds of the festival. In addition to VIP tickets to both Saturday and Sunday, each guest will receive an exclusive kit of festival essentials and perks, plus a digital guide to explore Brooklyn during free time.
AFROPUNK BROOKYN
The New York Times hails AFROPUNK as "the most multicultural festival in the US." Two full days of live performances by ground breaking icons and emerging talents and much more, including:
The SpinThrift Market: a curated marketplace that showcases the best of NYC's maker community. Unique jewelry, natural beauty products, apparel, housewares, books, prints, and more.
Activism Row: an interactive installation that gives a platform to grassroots and non-profit organizations who solve urgent community problems and an opportunity for festival-goers to get involved.
The Bites & Beats Food Festival: an event within the event, combining tastes from around the world with 25+ food trucks and pop-up restaurants.
BROOKLYN CULTURE
Connect with artists, chefs, curators, and business owners who contribute to the force that is Brooklyn:
Sheryl Roberts
Owner, IndigoStyle Vintage
After years in the entertainment industry, Sheryl turned her passion for vintage and second-hand shopping into a retail concept that showcases eclectic, recycled, and chic clothes and accessories. Her years of runway, showroom, and print modeling laid the foundation for her talent in sourcing stylish apparel at accessible prices.
Chris Scott
Chef/Owner, Butterfunk Kitchen
Chris spent years running restaurants and cooking for elite dignitaries like Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. Now, he and his wife own Butterfunk Kitchen, a soul food/juke joint restaurant that is heritage cooking at its finest. Chris competed in this year's season of Bravo TV's Top Chef and made it to the final four.
Jessica Lynne
Writer and Art Critic
Jessica is an art critic, writer, and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. She is a board member of Black Art Futures Fund and The Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and an Artist in Residence at Ace Hotel New York, as part of Taeyoon Choi's Distributed Web of Care. (photo: John Edmonds)
Debbie Hardy
Designer/Owner, Martine's Dream
Using color and sunshine to inspire her, the Jamaican-born stylist-turned-designer creates colorful statement pieces that reflect her travels around the world. After years of selling her designs at NYC festivals and markets, Debbie opened her own boutique shop, which carries her dresses, jewelry, accessories, and more.
Marquita Levy
Sommelier, Chef's Club
Retired dancer and former teacher, Marquita received her sommelier certificate in 2004. Now, as a wine expert, she sells and shows extraordinary wines to Brooklyn and works as the sommelier at Chef's Club, a one-of-a-kind restaurant where the world's best chefs take residency to offer diners a unique culinary experience.
Ivy N. Jones
Owner/Art Dealer, Welancora Gallery
The name of the gallery, founded in 2002, is an amalgam of the names of Ivy's parents and older brother. Located in a 19th century townhouse, the purpose of the gallery is to represent artists from around the world by holding exhibitions, publishing scholarly catalogues and placing their work with collectors and museums.
Stephanie Baptist
Owner and Curator, Medium Tings
Stephanie is a cultural producer, editor, and founder of Medium Tings, an independent apartment gallery and project space. The gallery operates as a conceptual art incubator for emerging contemporary artists and seeks to expand creative engagement through programming, publications and collaborations. (photo: Anna Wolf)
Richard Beavers
Owner/Art Dealer, Richard Beavers Gallery
Since opening 10 years ago, Richard's contemporary fine art gallery has focused on highlighting artwork inspired by life in urban environments and the social and political issues of our time. He aims to educate, inspire and stir consciousness - whether visitors are seasoned collectors or have a new interest in art.
BROOKLYN CULTURE
Connect with artists, chefs, curators, and business owners who contribute to the force that is Brooklyn:
Sheryl Roberts
Owner, IndigoStyle Vintage
Chris Scott
Chef/Owner, Butterfunk Kitchen
Jessica Lynne
Writer and Art Critic
Debbie Hardy
Designer/Owner, Martine's Dream
Lamine Diagne & Nilea Alexander
Owners, Café Rue Dix and Marché
Ivy N. Jones
Owner/Art Dealer, Welancora Gallery
Stephanie Baptist
Owner and Curator, Medium Tings
Richard Beavers
Owner/Art Dealer, Richard Beavers Gallery
Trip Details

This isn't a typical festival weekend. This is a travel experience for the culturally curious looking to be immersed in Brooklyn's creative spaces. View the details below to learn more. Once you've reviewed the details, click "Book now" to secure your spot. Spaces are limited.
Activities
Get Ready To:

Enjoy VIP passes for both days of the AFROPUNK music festival--Saturday and Sunday--plus an exclusive kit of festival essentials, and access to other festival experiences.

Shop local designers and Brooklyn boutiques as well as countless vendors at the festival market.

Taste foods rich in history prepared by celebrity chefs and longstanding Brooklyn entrepreneurs.

Explore Brooklyn's art scene, guided by a local expert, and must-visit locations via our digital guide.
Lodging
Our home for the long weekend will be a modern boutique hotel just minutes from AFROPUNK Brooklyn's location and perfectly situated among downtown Brooklyn attractions.

Each room is equipped with high-tech amenities, like interactive Smart TVs, work tables with built-in USB ports and free WiFi, plus Frette linens, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, city views and more.

Free WiFi / Fitness Center / Cafe / Whiskey Bar & Deck / Room Service / 24hr Front Desk
Inclusions
Package includes:

VIP AFROPUNK Tickets. VIP tickets for both Saturday and Sunday's music festival.

Lodging. 4 nights stay in our handpicked boutique hotel. Wifi is included.

Food.
All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 lunch. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless otherwise noted.

Activities.
Curated itinerary that includes connecting with local Brooklyn designers, artists, and restauranteurs.

Transportation. Ground transportation for itinerary activities. Flights (or other transportation) to and from Brooklyn are not included.

Photographer. Capturing all the highlights of the weekend.
Is this trip for me?
IT IS IF:
You're a fan of AFROPUNK and are familiar with festival culture
You love meeting and hanging out with new people
You enjoy group trips but are comfortable exploring on your own
You seek off the beaten path activities and have a "go with the flow" attitude
You enjoy walking, eating, and trying new things

IT'S NOT IF:
You're weary of large crowds, loud music, and / or outdoor events
You consider yourself a conservative
You prefer a trip that is fully scheduled--we've included free time to explore on your own
You find walking difficult, as much of our activities will be done on foot
You don't enjoy stepping outside your comfort zone