Heritage Works Village Circle’s Summer Schedule of Events

Join Heritage Works for three Days of West African dance, drum and culture!

African World Festival is Back this weekend
Heritage Works to hosts family friendly events

July 15-17, Heritage Works will host a series of community-focused events and educational experiences during the African World Festival.

Photo Courtesy of Heritage Works

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer fun and want to make sure to include Heritage Works Village Circle of summer events. From the African World Festival‘s day of food and dance to the special partnership with DPSCD and Special Olympics, Heritage Works Village Circle has you covered. With sensory-friendly activities accessible for all children and their families, these events are inclusive of everyone.

Truly committed to nurturing the talents of Detroiters, Heritage Works is a nonprofit with the mission to promote youth, family and community development through cultural events, arts and educationally programs. Utilizing the expansive reach of The African World Festival and the thousands of residents that participate, Heritage Works invites you and your family to join in the summer fun.

Held at Hart Plaza, Heritage Works Events at the 2022 African World Festival on July 15 -17, 2022 from 11 AM – 8 PM 

Photos Courtesy of Heritage Works

Friday, July 15 


10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   Sensory Friendly Activity Hour

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sensory Stations

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.   African Xchange Cafe (Youth) 

1:15 – 1:55 p.m.   Intro Djembe Drum Class with Assane MBaye (Youth) 

2 p.m.  Djembe Dance Workshop with Lohren Nzoma 

4 p.m.   Opening Ceremony with Make a Joyful Noise Drum Call & Closing (AWF Main Stage)  

5 p.m.   Dunham Dance Workshop with Celia Benvenutti 

6:30 p.m.   Artist’s Choice (Sabar) Dance Workshop with Marie Basse Wiles 

Saturday, July 16 

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sensory Stations

11 a.m.   Yoga with Kimberli Boyd

12 p.m.   Detroit Hustle with Dana Thompson 

1 p.m.   ASA! Fitness with Zawadi Dismuke 

2:30 PM   Jola (Kutiro) Dance Workshop with Idy Ciss 

4 p.m.   Liberian Dance Workshop with Naomi Johnson Diouf

6:30 p.m.   Artist’s Choice (Djembe) Dance Hour with Assane Konte 

Sunday, July 17 

11 a.m. Praise and Worship Dance Workshop with Rev. Eyesha Marable 

12:30 p.m. Liberian Dance Workshop Naomi Diouf 

2 p.m. Afro Cuban Dance Workshop with Lisa McCall 

2 p.m. Praise and Worship Dance (AWF Main Stage) 

3:30 p.m. Kutiro Dance with Assane Konte 

5 p.m. Malinke (Djembe) Dance Workshop with Marie Basse Wiles 

6:30 p.m. Artist’s Choice (Sabar) Dance Workshop with Idy Ciss  

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