Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Blog

This Saturday, Paterson, New Jersey will be introduced to a new side of its Arab American community. April is Arab Heritage Month in New Jersey, and on April 28th, the first Annual South Paterson Arab Cultural Street Festival will take over Michigan Avenue with music, food, and dancing from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Organized by the newly-formed United Arab American Coalition, the New Jersey Arab Heritage Commission, and the South Paterson Small Business Association, the festival will feature Arab Folklore Dancing, Arab American singers, Middle Eastern art and calligraphy, and food from more than 20 vendors. There will be workshops on henna and debka, as well as activities for children.

Fahim Abedrabbo, chairman of the United Arab American Coalition, said that the groups intend for the festival to become an annual event, and a way to show the culture and history of a vital part of Paterson’s diverse community.

“It’s time for a new generation of young professionals to step up and be the voice of the community,” Abedrabbo said, “everyone is very excited.”

View the full event flyer here.


Annual South Paterson Cultural Street Festival

Saturday, April 28th

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

South Paterson

Michigan Ave. between Main St. and Getty Ave.

Free and open to all

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