Since 2005, this multicultural performance series – a sister to the annual summer Concert of Colors world music festival – has offered high-quality presentations for fans of traditional and modern global performing arts and those with adventurous cultural appetites.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 AANM Members and $15 general public and performances take place in The Aliya Hassan Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum. Performances typically begin at 8 p.m.; related pre-show events may be featured with some performances.

Global Fridays is made possible in part by Comerica Bank and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as media sponsors Downtown Monitor and CJAM 99.1 FM

Friday, Sept. 8

8 p.m.
Grateful Crane Ensemble - The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories (musical theater) 


6 p.m.
9/11 Anniversary Town Hall: Executive Orders - Japanese Internment & The Muslim Ban

FREE with RSVP HERE; $5 suggested donation

The Grateful Crane Ensemble is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to honoring its Japanese American elders by telling their stories and singing their favorite songs. In its musical revue, The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories, Grateful Crane will go back to the high school dance days of young Japanese Americans held behind barbed wire fences in internment camps during WWII. 

Prior to the show at 6 p.m. will be a town hall meeting entitled Executive Orders: Japanese Internment & the Muslim Ban, featuring leaders from the Japanese, Arab and Muslim American communities.  

Presented in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, ACLU, CAIR, MuslimARC, ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, Bank Suey, Wayne State University's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and its Detroit Equity Action Lab.

Friday, Oct. 20

8 p.m.
Hello Psychaleppo

This concert will be standing room only (disabled seating available) and will take place in The Annex @ AANM.


6:30 p.m.
Artist talk 

Samer Saem Eldahr is a music producer and visual artist from Syria. He’s the brain behind Hello Psychaleppo, a music project popular in the Middle East and rapidly gaining international recognition. He is credited for creating a new genre called electro-tarab, a combination of dubstep, drum & bass, electro, trap, hip hop and trip hop, fused with Arabic samples, melodies and arrangements. His new album Toyour (Birds) combines his skills in music and visual arts to create an Arabic/electronic live set paired with a live visual performance. 

Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m. Eldahr will give an artist talk on Arab Artists & the Diaspora. 

Friday, Nov. 17

8 p.m.
The Films of 
Mohamed Bayoumi: Film screening featuring world premiere of live score by the National Arab Orchestra

+ Discussion with scholar Mohannad Ghawanmeh 

This event will take place in the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts - 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit


A $5 suggested donation per registrant is appreciated.

AANM’s Global Fridays series and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friday Night Live will unite for the first time with the National Arab Orchestra (NAO) for the world premiere of an original score written by NAO founder/director Michael Ibrahim. Taking place at the DIA, this performance by the NAO Takht Ensemble will be paired live with screenings of rarely-seen silent films from the 1920s and 1930s by pioneering Egyptian director Mohamed Bayoumi. This FREE event will include a discussion by Egyptian history and film scholar Mohannad Ghawanmeh.

A National Performance Network (NPN)* Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by AANM, the City of Chicago and NPN, in partnership with the National Arab Orchestra, with additional support from Detroit Institute of Arts.

Friday, Dec. 8

8 p.m.
Noor Theatre - Dead Are My People
A staged reading by Ismail Khalidi, accompanied by music by Hadi Eldebek


6:30 p.m.
Gallery stroll of THEM exhibition with reception 

Dead Are My People, a new work created by Ismail Khalidi with music by Hadi Eldebek, follows Nicola, who flees the famine-stricken mountains of Lebanon for the U.S. during WWI. Once there, he hopes to track down his uncle Tanios who emigrated years before. Finding few traces of Tanios, besides his peddler cart, and conflicting information of townspeople, Nicola must ultimately navigate the treacherous terrain of the Jim Crow South. Audience talkback will follow this staged reading. 

Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., AANM offers guests an opportunity to stroll through its new exhibition, THEM: Objects of Separation, Hate and Violence, a project created by the Jim Crow Museum to highlight hurtful stereotypes.

Ismail Khalidi is a panelist at this related event:
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Panel discussion: White Supremacy: Arab and African American Experience in the Jim Crow South @ Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Made possible in part by the National Performance Network* and MAP Fund. 

* AANM is a partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit

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