Last year, the BLK MRKT crew took over Charlotte and the internet, as Du Rag Festival made a splash in cultural news. Based on the symbol of the black experience The mixture of art, fashion, music and culture dominated media outlets for days after the event took place.
Most people don’t think too much when they see someone in a durag, let alone understand the purpose and hype of a festival celebrating it, which is totally understandable— I mean, it’s just a scarf, right? Let me tell you, it’s much, much deeper than that. In the black community, durags are used to preserve our natural hair— they keep our braids from getting frizzy, they keep our locs looking freshly twisted and ensure that our waves are always on swim. Our hair is so thick that it takes literally hours to get it done, we have to set aside entire days just for washing it so protecting our hair by wrapping it before laying down on it is VITAL. Somehow, this simple protective fabric became the epitome of negative stereotypes but it is now being redefined and celebrated as a symbolism of culture and an opportunity to highlight the rich black history that can be overlooked in Charlotte.
Durag Festival is back tomorrow for the second year. Here’s everything you need to know:
General Admission: $20
Ride or Die (GA for 2): $35
Brunch & GA Admission (for 1): $35
VIP Tickets: $30
Brunch & VIP: $45
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Here’s what you need to know:
#1 – Fashion – The event that stole the show last year featuring DJ Fannie Mae’s mile long red DuRag (this is a complete exaggeration). This year they are partnering with Forever 21 for the planned event starting at 6:30 however, guests are invited to participate in the show.
#2- Barbershop by Explicit Salon – all good gossip and funny stories happen. You can grab a fresh cut and join in a classic part of the black experience.
#3 – VIP Lounge by Dupp & Swat – enjoy craft cocktails by SuperYosh, snacks and a special DJ spinning new and calssic hits
#4 – The event is open to everyone regardless of your race or ethnicity. It’s about enjoying and it’s family friendly so bring your crew and head to Camp North End