Celebrate Southwest!



Celebrate Southwest!

The Celebrate Southwest! concert series and initiative celebrates the arts, culture and community of southwest Detroit, which is recognized as the most diverse neighborhood in the state.


Celebrate Southwest! music and cultural celebrations are held in the summer months at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center (FREC) at 2826 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. The FREC is also known as the Mexicantown Mercado.

Celebrate Southwest! builds on and promotes the rich multicultural heritage in southwest Detroit. Events feature local cultural performances, emphasize the neighborhood’s cultural and social resources, showcase positive recreation and nutrition, and accentuate how specific groups are contributing to the building of community.

The events promote the FREC as a valuable neighborhood asset and nexus to strengthen community relationships. An advisory committee of residents and artists (including youth) helps plan and organize the events. Local organizations and businesses are invited to provide activities, resource information, crafts, and food.

Celebrate Southwest! is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Ford Resource & Engagement Center, and Southwest Solutions.

Schedule 2016

June 11 (Saturday): African American cultural celebration

July 23 (Saturday): Youth celebration

August 27 (Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.): Arab American cultural celebration

September 17 (Saturday (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.): Latino/Hispanic cultural celebration

  • Papo Vázquez and the DJF All-Stars presents: “A Latin Jazz Experience”
  • Mauro Cruz y Los Invitados
  • Ballet Folklorico de Detroit
  • Descarga-Ranga
  • Los Primos
  • Special guest M.C. Cándida the Poet

**There will be food available for purchase from “Mangonadas del Barrio”



Performances by world-class artists!

Celebrate Southwest! concerts feature acclaimed musicians, dancers, and other artists and a wide variety of genres

Events draw hundreds of attendees representing and celebrating the diversity of southwest Detroit and beyond


For more information about Celebrate Southwest!, contact Ozzie Rivera at 313-481-3107 or email.


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