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Afrofuturism

Starts February 2022

Take a journey to the world of Afrofuturism—an ever-expansive aesthetic and practice—where music, visual arts, science fiction, and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures. Immerse yourself in Afrofuturism, Carnegie Hall’s 2022 citywide festival.

Afrofuturism’s boundless sonic essence is celebrated with jazz, funk, R&B, Afrobeat, hip-hop, electronic music, and more. In education and social impact programs created by the Hall’s Weill Music Institute, young musicians, teachers, and people of all ages explore the infinite possibilities of Afrofuturism.

Across New York City, leading cultural organizations present multidisciplinary programming that touches African and African diasporic philosophies, speculative fiction, mythology, comics, quantum physics, cosmology, technology, and more. A diverse range of online offerings also includes film screenings, exhibitions, and talks with some of the leading thinkers and creatives in this multitiered experience.

An introduction for some and a continued quest for others, this trek across space and time will enrich and revitalize our relationship to new futures and futures past. Whether you know Afrofuturism through Alice Coltrane, the literary genius of Octavia E. Butler, the glowing world of comics, or the mythos of Sun Ra and P-Funk, epiphanies will abound in this experiential saga through the realm of Astro-Blackness.

A detailed schedule of Afrofuturism festival events will be announced in fall 2021.

All 2021–2022 Events

AstroSankofa, original artwork by Quentin VerCetty, 2021 (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

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Afrofuturism

Meet the Afrofuturism Curatorial Council

Learn about the five leading Afrofuturism experts Carnegie Hall brought together to create this visionary festival.
Quentin VerCetty

Afrofuturism: Meet Artist Quentin VerCetty

Learn about the first-ever visual artist commissioned by Carnegie Hall to create a signature work for a festival.

Festival Partners

The Africa Center
Apollo Theater
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Blacktronika / Department of Music, University of California San Diego
Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Brooklyn Museum
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
China Institute
Cinema Tropical
Dramatists Guild of America
Flushing Town Hall
Harlem Stage
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
Jazzmobile
Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project

The Joyce Theater
The Juilliard School
Keyes Art Projects
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Black Theatre
National Queer Theater
New York Live Arts
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Society of Illustrators
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Women in Comics Collective International

(List of festival partner organizations as of June 7, 2021.)

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