Now in its 43rd year, the Arab and Chaldean Festival comes to Hart Plaza this weekend. The celebration of Arab and Chaldean culture and heritage runs from noon to midnight on both Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3. The festival is a showcase filled with special cultural exhibits, folklore and customs.
This year marks the 43rd edition of the event, the largest celebration of Arab and Chaldean culture in North America. The festival offers Arab and Chaldean foods, an ethnic cultural gallery, and an impressive entertainment program includes live music, dance, and lots for the whole family to do and enjoy. Festival tradition includes the Children’s Fair on Saturday and the fashion show on Sunday.
The Arab World festival was established as a non–profit community organization in 1972 and is now known as Arab & Chaldean Festival. It is the largest Arab-Chaldean-American cultural event in North America. Last year, more than 50,000 people attend the festival.
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The image above is a detail of a photograph of Hussam Al-Rassam performing in Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit during the 2012 Arab and Chaldean Festival