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Charles H. Wright
Museum of African American History

Please submit performance material to:

315 E. Warren
Attn:  AWF 2006
Detroit, MI 48201

24th African World Festival 
August  18, 19, 20, 200


African World Festival is Detroit's largest ethnic festival, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually.  The festival is held on Detroit's Riverfront at the beautiful Philip Hart Plaza.

Attractions include the Taste of Africa Pavilion, international acclaimed entertainment lineup, strolling plaza performances, African Family Village and the Diaspora Marketplace.


Festivals have been an integral part of global communities since antiquity. According to Compton's Encyclopedia, in the beginning, festivals involved offerings to the ancestors.  Later, people began to commemorate social, cultural, historical and religious occasions with food, drink and entertainment.  Usually devoted to merrymaking, festivals also serve as educational vehicles.

Philip Hart Plaza (Hart Plaza), a multi-use civic facility located on the riverfront in Downtown Detroit, is the gathering place for many Detroit festivals.  As such, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be presenting its 24th Annual African World Festival (AWF) at Hart Plaza beginning Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 20th 2006.  This weekend event will celebrate the cultural contributions of the global Black community through educational programs, music, art and cuisine.  Furthermore, AWF is the museum's most comprehensive cultural and educational community outreach event (attendance usually exceeds over one million visitor.)

Festival Highlights will include: Family Village (interactive programming for children), Cafe Diaspora (classroom and theater-style programming for adults; a "Step Show" by local African American fraternities & sororities, and live entertainment by some of today's hottest groups, locally and internationally.



Philip Hart Plaza
Friday, August 18 thru 
Sunday August 20

Festival Hours:

Friday, Aug. 18
6:00 pm - Midnight

Saturday, Aug. 19
Noon - Midnight

Sunday, Aug. 20
Noon - Midnight

For more information call: 313-494-5800 or 

Applications and Important information is available for download.  You must have Acrobat Reader to view and print.

You MUST download all three files: 
1.) AWF & Plaza Rules, 
2.) Food Vendor or Marketplace Vendor
3.) Plaza Map

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