The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Proudly Presents the 40th African World Festival

DETROIT, MI — The Charles H. Wright Museum’s African World Festival turns 40 this year, and the 3-day event at Hart Plaza will deliver an eclectic blend of artists and genres, ranging from local vocalists of note to nationally acclaimed performers.

Legendary funk music innovators Parliament and Funkadelic, featuring George Clinton will headline the July 14-16 festival, which will include jazz, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and of course, food, music, and dance from the Motherland.

“George Clinton's music has been projecting us into an AfroFuture since long before that phrase was even coined. It is fitting that this innovator, and the funk music he pioneered, be the rhythm to headline our 40th anniversary celebration,” said Njia Kai, the festival director. “Their strong fan base spans across many walks of life – from hip hop to rock to global music lovers and musicians of all genres. His early innovations with Parliament and Funkadelic will call all ages to the dance floor."

In addition to the artists’ performances, 125 vendors will be on hand for the festival, which will feature events from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Activities will include a history walking tour, storytelling, spinning by local deejays, food, and health and wellness activities.

“This is a fantastic way to experience African culture and honor our legacy,” said Wright Museum President and CEO Neil Barclay. “We’re proud to celebrate 40 years of hosting this experience in Detroit, and we want everyone to join us in the anniversary celebration.”

The festival is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors over the three days.

Attendance at the festival is free all weekend for The Wright Museum members. The day pass for non-members is $15 for ages 13 and above, $10 for college students and seniors, and free for those younger than 13.

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