Celebrate the History of Detroit’s Electronic Music Festivals with This Event

The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting a set from DJ Stacey “Hatwaxx” Hale, a panel moderated by WDET’s Chris Campbell, and a film screening next week
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The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting events related to its photography exhibit about Detroit’s electronic music festivals. // Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Historical Museum

Since the very first Detroit Electronic Music Festival — also known as DEMF — in 2000, people from across the globe have made their way to Hart Plaza every May to enjoy all things techno. Over the years, the festival has welcomed more artists to its stages, changed names and organizers — event company Paxahau started producing Movement in 2006 — and even gone virtual due to the pandemic last year, but one thing remains: Memorial Day weekend is a time for Detroit to celebrate its contribution to the electronic music scene.

To honor this history and the important weekend in the city, the Detroit Historical Museum is hosting an event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 30 tied to its exhibit 2000/2020: Celebrating the 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit.

The event include music by DJ Stacey “Hatwaxx” Hale and a panel on the more than 20-year history of electronic festivals in the city. The panel will be moderated by WDET host Chris Campbell, aka “DJ Cambeau,” and feature Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, photographer Doug Coombe, filmmaker Tim Aten, and Sam Fotias, who serves as the director of operations for Paxahau, which is hosting Movement this year as micro-festival with “extremely limited-capacity” shows at TV Lounge, Magic Stick Alley Deck, and Spot Lite. Attendees can also catch a screening of The Drive Home, a documentary about the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

Along with these activities, guests will have the opportunity to chat with 2000/2020’s curators, Rita Sayegh and Tim Price, and see the exhibit in person. The exhibit, which opened on Sept. 26 of last year and runs through June 27, highlights each year of the Detroit festival through framed photographs and a “live wall” of images from fans.

Tickets are $15 for Detroit Historical Society members and $25 for general admission. Entry to 2000/2020 is included with your ticket, which can be purchased online.

For more information, visit detroithistorical.org.  

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