The Concert of Colors music festival, Detroit’s annual world music festival, returns to stages across Detroit this year, July 16-24, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival. The Concert of Colors festival also celebrates a return to in-person performances, from international bands across the world, after having to pivot virtual programming in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahead of the festival’s return to in-person this year, Detroit Public TV‘s Mariellen Chynoweth and Producer Jessie Fidler sit down with Concert of Colors Founder Ismael Ahmed and Deputy Director Ralph Valdez for a conversation about how and why the Concert of Colors began, as well as how the festival continued to succeed virtually in 2020 and 2021.

Plus, Blue Note Records President and renowned producer and artist Don Was and Richard Parris, a singer for Universal Xpression, talk about the power of music as a universal vessel to share different cultures across communities, and to begin to understand the similarities we share as humans.

Want to learn more about Concert of Color’s 30-year history?

Tune in to Detroit Public TV on Monday, July 25 at 9p ET to watch “Unity in Diversity,” an hour-long documentary, directed by WDET-FM’s Martina Guzman, detailing the start of the Concert of Colors in 1993 and the success it continues to see today.

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