African World Festival

African World Festival

Third weekend in August
The African World Festival is a cultural festival held annually on the third weekend of August in Detroit, Mich. With more than one million visitors each year, it is one of the largest ethnic festivals in the United States. Sponsored by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, the festival has been in existence since 1983.
The African World Festival is held at Hart Plaza overlooking the Detroit River and includes entertainment, arts, education, and cultural exhibits. Festival events take place over a three-day weekend, operating from Friday through Sunday. Traditional African dancers and drummers perform, and musicians entertain audiences in the plaza's amphitheater with various styles of African-influenced music, including such genres as reggae, blues, gospel, and jazz. An annual Greek step show features sorority and fraternity dance teams. African and world goods are available from more than 150 vendors in the marketplace, and the Taste of the Diaspora food court offers cuisine ranging from African specialties to all-American favorites. The African Family Village offers arts, crafts, games, spoken word performances, and music for families with children.
CONTACTS:
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren
Detroit, MI 48201
313-494-5800; fax: 313-494-5855
www.maah-detroit.org
SOURCES:
AAH -2007, p. 36
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