Detroit Historical Museum hosted Techno Music Exhibit closing celebration
After two long years of postponing because of the pandemic, the Techno Music Exhibit closing event finally happened this year. At the end of May, The Detroit Historical Museum hosted an event that was specifically designed to celebrate Detroit's electronic music, its people, and its history.
Two decades of techno festivals in Detroit
The exhibit "2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit!", curated by Tim Price and Rita Sayegh, was held at the museum in Midtown which closed last month. It displayed photos and memorabilia showcasing two decades of techno festivals in Detroit.
However, the closing celebration event took place almost a month earlier - on the weekend- the Movement electronic music festival is typically held in Hart Plaza. The event featured entertainment, a discussion, and film screening in a safe environment.
A panel discussion about the festival and its 20-year milestone
A panel discussion moderated by WDET personality Chis Campbell, known as "DJ Cambeau," followed DJ Stacy "Hotwaxx" Hale's performance. Detroit Techno legends Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig, together with photographer Doug Coombe, filmmaker Tim Aten and Paxahau's Sam Fotias, as well as the special guest, Juan Atkins, reviewed the festival and its 20-year milestone.
Unfortunately, the Detroit Techno legend Derrick May decided not to attend.
"Derrick stepped back when it appeared that his presence would distract from the spirit of the celebration," said Tracy Irwin, Chief Exhibitions and Enrichment Officer. "This project and our exhibit, 2000/2020: Celebrating the 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, has been about the history of the festivals and the vibrant community that grew around them. We all agree that this history is bigger than one person, and by stepping aside, Derrick ensures that the closing celebration will reflect that history and remain as vibrant and joyful as the festivals themselves."
"The drive Home" film screening
The big night ended with a screening of "The Drive Home," a film about the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Produced by Pilot Pictures and Hogpath Productions, "The Drive Home" captures the historic nature of the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The 3-day electronic music festival held on Detroit's Hart Plaza is the main reason why Detroit is known as the Techno's capital today. The film offers 50 artist interviews, live performance footage, and historical footage and uniquely tells the story of the people who made the event possible.