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Detroit may be home to Motown, but it is also nationally renown for other music genres through several annual Detroit music festivals.
Movement Detroit started with a bang in 2000 as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
The City of Detroit, under the leadership of Mayor Dennis Archer, originally fronted the money for the free festival, which attracted a quoted one million fans and brought the techno music from Detroit's dance clubs outside and into the world spotlight.
Note: Despite techno music originating in Detroit, fans in Europe took to it first.
Since its inaugural year, the DEMF (as it is otherwise known) has brought DJs, musical artists and fans to Detroit from around the world.
Over 100 artists will perform on five outdoor stages, including Moby, Masters at Work, Richie Hawtin, Big Gigantic, John Digweed, Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson, Stacy Pullen, Terrence Parker, Ben Sims, The Bug, Matador, Alton Miller, Nicole Moudaber, Carl Craig, Dennis Ferrer, Ellen Allien and Dave Clarke.
In addition to music, live and otherwise, the festival has a market area and merchandise stalls, as well as an area devoted to social-action organizations.
Additionally, the parties planned at local venues around Detroit, both before and after the festival, are almost as renowned as the festival itself.
The City of Detroit continued to front the money the first few years, but by 2005, behind-the-scene squabbles, limited term contracts and city finances resulted in festival producers charging an admission price of .
Despite the token amount, ticket admission changed the flavor and size of the crowd.
These days, the festival is known for its technology-rich stages, has several sponsors including Red Bull, and has a solid commercial base that should see it into the future.
It has also earned several international accolades, including Best Niche Festival by The festival is scheduled for May 25th through the 27th (Memorial Day Weekend) in 2013.