The Wright's 39th African World Festival—Join Us July 15-17!

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The Wright's 39th African World Festival

The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History

The Wright's 39th African World Festival

Detroit's largest celebration of the African diaspora returns to Hart Plaza from July 15th through 17th.

Join us for the Wright's 39th African World Festival

Hart Plaza

The Wright's African World Festival returns to Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.

What: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s signature summer festival, African World Festival, is Detroit’s largest celebration of the African diaspora.

The Wright’s mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. With local and international performers, food and art vendors, special programming for children and families, and information booths on vital community resources, The Wright’s African World Festival offers an opportunity to experience the diversity and richness of global Black culture.

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When: Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th

Where: Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit 

Ticket Information

African World Festival single-day tickets are:

  • $15 for Adult (ages 13 and above)
  • $10 for Youth (ages 4 – 12)
  • Admission is free for children 3 and under 

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Attendance is free all weekend for Wright Museum members. Individual level members save $10 off buying daily single tickets and Family level members can save as much as $145 off buying daily single tickets for two adults and up to four children. In addition to AWF admission, ALL members get free admission to The Wright for one year.

Already a member or want to become a member? Use the Members Log in on the ticketing page to enter your current membership details or select a new membership from the drop down list to add to your shopping cart. The Members' discount will be applied to your African World Festival tickets at checkout.

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About The Wright

Founded in 1965, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s (The Wright) mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.

The Wright advances the humanities by serving as a resource and catalyst for new understandings of African American life. With an encyclopedic collection, exhibitions grounded in current scholarship, and educational and public programs that inspire and challenge, The Wright is driven by a founding vision of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire ALL people toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity.

Acknowledging its significant impact on the nation’s cultural landscape, despite historically limited resources, the Ford Foundation named The Wright as one of its America’s Cultural Treasures (ACT) grantees. 

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Performance Schedule

2022 Headliners

  • Mama Sol
  • Lizz Wright
  • The Legendary Wailers
  • Seun Kuti
  • We Are Scorpio feat. jessica Care moore + Steffanie Christi'an
Friday, July 15

FORD MAIN STAGE            
11:00 a.m. — Libations        
4:00–5:00 p.m. — Official Opening Ceremony        

  • Drum Call/AWF Drummers
  • Libations        
  • Song: "Black National Anthem" performed by Cam Anthony
  • Welcome Introduction by Neil A. Barclay, Pres. & CEO of The Wright Museum
  • Brief Remarks by Special Guests
  • Official Festival Opening Declaration by Neil A. Barclay
  • AWF Drummers

7:15–8:00 p.m. — Cam Anthony
8:30–10:30 p.m. — Fashion Extravaganza — Detroit Rocks the Runway! feat. Mama Sol

PYRAMID ARTS STAGE
6:30–7:30 p.m. — Lady Champagne, Blues vocalist
9:30–10:30 p.m. — Cha Wa, New Orleans contemporary/traditional

HERITAGE WORKS CULTURAL VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. — African Drum & Dance Performances, Master Classes & Audience Participation

WATERFRONT LOUNGE
11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. — Live DJ sets, food & drink featured at the scenic riverfront

WATOTO VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. — Arts & Crafts, Games & Fun for youth and families!
5:00 p.m. — Debra Orr, Puppeteer
6:00 p.m. — Al-Nur Dance Company

Saturday, July 16

FORD MAIN STAGE            
11:00 a.m. — Libations
5:00–5:15 p.m. — Tamerrian Institute of African Martial Arts
5:15–5:30 p.m. — Libations        
5:30–6:15 p.m. — Nanou Djiapo
6:45–8:00 p.m. —  Lizz Wright
9:00–10:30 p.m. — The Legendary Wailers

PYRAMID ARTS STAGE
3:00-4:00 p.m. — Justin Robinson, Violinist
6:30–7:15 p.m. — Deekah Rox
8:00–9:15 p.m. — Motor City Music Cartel: Marshall Allen, Stubbs Girls & The Funk Brothers Tribute Band

HERITAGE WORKS CULTURAL VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. — African Drum & Dance Performances, Master Classes & Audience Participation

WATERFRONT LOUNGE
11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.— Live DJ sets, food & drink featured at the scenic riverfront

WATOTO VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.— Arts & Crafts, Games & Fun for youth and families!
3:00 p.m — Al-Nur Dance Company
5:00 p.m. — Debra Orr, Puppeteer

Sunday, July 17

FORD MAIN STAGE            
11:00 a.m. — Libations 
2:00-3:00 p.m. — Praise & Worship Dance Hour
3:00–4:00 p.m. — To be announced
6:00–7:00 p.m. — Presentation: Honoring Our Elders & Ancestors
7:30–9:00 p.m. — Seun Kuti
9:30–10:30 — We Are Scorpio feat. jessica Care moore + Steffanie Christi'an

PYRAMID ARTS STAGE
12:00–12:45 p.m. — Ahya Simone, Harpist
4:30-5:30 p.m. — M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio
6:30–8:00 p.m. — Haleem Stringz /Hip Hop & Ronald Ford Jr. /Detroit Jit
8:30–9:30 p.m. — Thornetta Davis

HERITAGE WORKS CULTURAL VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. — African Drum & Dance Performances, Master Classes & Audience Participation

WATERFRONT LOUNGE
11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.— Live DJ sets, food & drink featured at the scenic riverfront

WATOTO VILLAGE
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.— Arts & Crafts, Games & Fun for youth and families!
11:00–12:00 p.m. — Ballet Folklorico
3:00 p.m — Al-Nur Dance Company
5:00 p.m. — Debra Orr, Puppeteer

COVID Protocols

  • MDHHS strongly recommends that individuals continue to wear face masks while in crowded spaces outdoors, especially individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals, including employees, should conduct self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before attending an outdoor event.
  • Individuals, including employees, should not attend any types of gatherings while symptomatic (even with a negative COVID-19 test or fully-vaccinated against COVID-19).
  • Hand Sanitizers provided throughout festival grounds
  • All shared supplies utilized for interactive activities will be sanitized following each use.

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