Although the music may have died down in Indio, Calif. with the conclusion of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend, Angelenos needn’t hang up their headdresses and Cinco de Mayo sombreros yet.
The first weekend of May, nearly 100,000 people are expected to pour into the Offenchella festival, which will be held in an abandoned mall in West Los Angeles built on top of an Indian burial site and hosted by Iggy Azalea.
The festival will not feature any musical performances, but instead focus on the cultural appropriation element of Coachella that so many festival goers find endearing.
“I honestly don’t like music, but I have been forced to go to Coachella for several years because I haven’t been able to find any other socially acceptable setting to wear my bindi and yell ‘twerk’ at people,” said Crystal Douglas, who identifies as white but said she enjoys participating in minority culture as long as she does not have to deal with the discrimination that comes along with it.
Activities at Offenchella will include a DIY blackface booth, a she-male drag performance, and the so-called “ching-chong, ding-dong” contest, in which attendees will hilariously face-off against each other by imitating the accents of immigrants “from the Orient.”
“Finally, a festival where minorities can feel comfortable being just who they are: caricatures,” Azalea said.♦