Bask, revel and educate the family in African world culture Aug. 14-16, 2015, when metro Detroiters return to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit for the 33rd annual African World Festival featuring a diaspora of African performers, artists, vendors and ethnic dishes to enjoy.
At one of the big annual Charles H. Wright Museum events, feel the beat and move your feet to artists’ music heard around the world – including the South African Soweto Street Beat, The Clark Sisters’ African-American gospel and Julian Marley’s Jamaican Reggae.
The Detroit Rocks the Runway Fashion Show struts its stuff on the main stage 9 p.m. Saturday. Get cultured in the latest trendy clothing, natural hairstyles and up-and-coming designers.
Poets enrapture audiences with passionate performances and stories. You, too, can perform by putting on your dancing shoes!
Dance until you drop and your stomach rumbles, because once you get a whiff of what local African, Caribbean and African-American restaurants featured at the event are cooking up, you’ll salivate until you get a bite! Eateries representing the diaspora include Royal Restaurant’s African and Caribbean dishes, Bert’s and Big Daddy’s the Traveling Chef’s cuisine for a taste of “down-home” fare, or step into Baker’s Keyboard Lounge anytime for live jazz music and soul food.
Hang with the Watoto Children’s Village, which provides arts, crafts and games for children all weekend. Check out influential authors, illustrators and more at the Fantastically Fun Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, running 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Each child can grab a free book to take home.
Check out more than 100 vendors and merchandise booths – including Jawara African Art, Detroit X’s T-shirts and apparel, Arab American National Museum’s jewelry and accessories, Loves Hangover’s fitness and weight management and tips and many other art, jewelry, perfume and book sellers.
Attend the Parade of Nations in Peck Park Saturday at noon, the Ancestors and Elders Tribute on Sunday at 3 p.m. and various inspired workshops throughout the weekend.
Come to The Wright and pay homage to metro Detroit’s cultural diversity and immerse in performances from all over the African diaspora at “Detroit’s largest ethnic festival,” and event press release notes.
The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. all three days.