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Detroit’s African World Festival is Back!

I’m excited Detroit’s African World Festival (AWF) is back this summer! Do you plan on going to the event?

It’s the 38th year of the AWF and it will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from Friday, August 20th to Sunday, August 22nd.

  • WHAT: 38th Annual African World Festival
  • WHEN: Friday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Aug. 22
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • WHERE: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • ADMISSION: Free
Detroit African World Festival will be held on August 20 - 22, 2021 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Photo courtesy the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL

  • Rock the Runway Fashion Show
  • Watoto Village– a space designated for families and youth. There will be special music, storytellers, and a book giveaway
  • African drummers and dancers
  • African marketplace featuring more than 150 vendors selling Afro-centric souvenirs, visual arts, hand crafts, clothing
  • Food vendors
  • Special musical performances by Sunshine Anderson, Angelique Kidjo, and Tim Bowman, Jr.
The 38th Annual African World Festival will feature of 150 vendors, special music, dancing, food, and more!
Photo from the African World Festival 2016 (Good Life Detroit)
Drummers play during an African dance set at the African World Festival in Detroit, Michigan.
Drummers playing during an African dance set at the AWF 2016. (Good Life Detroit)
The 38th Annual African World Festival in Detroit, Michigan returns to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History!
There will be music, dancing, shopping, and more at the African World Festival!

AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL MUSIC LINEUP

Friday, Aug. 20: Sunshine Anderson

Saturday, Aug. 21: Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo

Sunday, Aug. 22: Tim Bowman, Jr.

Make sure to follow The Wright on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates on the African World Festival’s program scheduling.

Special musical guests Sunshine Anderson, Tim Bowman, Jr. and Angelique Kidjo will perform at the 38th Annual African World Festival in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo courtesy the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

READ: “DETROIT’S AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CULTURE AND HERITAGE”


The museum will also be open and feature extended hours if you’d like to visit during the festival. Go to thewright.org to schedule your timed visit.

If you have a membership to the museum, then the exhibitions are free for you to attend. This includes the new exhibit Enshrined: Presence + Preservation by Mario Moore, The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, and The Wright’s permanent exhibit And Still We Rise.

Hope you have fun at the festival!


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