African World Festival

37th Annual African World Festival

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 2019

11 AM - 11 PM Daily

The 37th annual African World Festival is bringing over 150,000 attendees to the grounds of The Wright Museum. With performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, authentic foods of the diaspora and more, this FREE 3-day festival is for the entire familyThis year's event is made possible by generous contributions from presenting sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund, Wayne State University, Go RVing and a host of others. 




Food & Shopping
AWF 2019 will feature over 125 vendors of authentic African, African American and Caribbean food, apparel and accessories, health products and more. These vendors represent 8 African countries and 15 U.S. states, providing a unique shopping experience! Vendor booths will be situated on Brush and Farnsworth streets.


Festivities will officially commence on Friday afternoon with a welcome by The Wright Museum President and CEO Neil A. Barclay. Headlining AWF 2019 is R&B crooner Freddie Jackson, who will perform on the Main Stage on Friday night. Other notable performers include Grammy Award-winning gospel music legends and Detroit natives, The Clark Sisters on Saturday and the exciting Afrobeat ensemble Kalakuta on Sunday.


More entertainment includes, but is not limited to:

- Detroit Rocks The Runway Fashion Show coordinated by renowned local creative and fashion photographer Piper Carter and featuring musical headliner Danni Cassette
- Children’s activities including craft making, stage performances and a book fair
- Live drum and dance performances coordinated by Heritage Works





As an institution focused on learning, visitors can participate in this year's college fair featuring local colleges and universities, as well as prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 


Inside the Museum
Inside of the 120,000 square-foot facility, all exhibitions on display - traveling exhibition The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles, permanent exhibition And Still We Rise, and others - will be open. The Museum store will also be open, which features Museum merchandise, Detroit specific brands, memberships and other unique finds that won’t be outside. Inside the General Motors Theater, African World Film Festival will host an exclusive screening of the smash documentary Horror Noire directed by Xavier Burgin, followed by live Q&A with Burgin.

Buy tickets to African World Film Festival here. 

The Opening Ceremony for African World Festival 2019 begins at 4 PM on Friday, August 16. This weekend-long event is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, Heritage Works, Wayne State University, Domino’s Pizza, Knight Foundation, and Go RVing.


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Potential artists, volunteers, and vendors for #AWF2019

can download applications here:

VENDOR APPLICATION: Vendor application

VENDOR LICENSE (required to sell at your booth): City of Detroit Temporary Business License application

COMMUNITY INFORMATION TENT APPLICATION: Community Information Tent application

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION APPLICATION: Volunteer Coordinator application


DEMONSTRATING ARTISTS APPLICATION: Kuumba Artist Village Vendor application

PROGRAM BROCHURE AD LETTER & FORM: Program Brochure Advertisement form

 CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AUTHORIZATION: Program Brochure Ad credit card authorization