Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dîner en Blanc in the Motor City - Detroit on the comeback!

This was supposed to be a post about Diner en Blanc. I had already posted a few youtubes featuring Costa Rica, Washington DC and Paris for their 2015 events over on my travel blog. I was looking for the San Francisco event and while searching came upon some information on the event held in Detroit. I was curious, (and surprised) as Detroit is where my family calls home, so I decided to watch the video.

What I discovered was so heart warming that I wanted to share it here on the blog.
As you probably already know, the city of Detroit has in recent years gone from a bustling economy to a city in decay.

Many of the area homes now sit abandoned in deserted neighborhoods. A very sad thing to witness for a girl who calls this city her home.

Then...along came the Heidelberg Project Heidelberg which is only a short distance from where I grew up. (our old house is now an empty lot in a nearly empty neighborhood)

It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 29th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.

What is community?

This year, community in collaboration with....

Diner en Blanc started 25 years ago, when Francois Pasquier's father, decided to hold a dinner party in the Bois de Bologne, a large public square in Paris. Since some guests were bringing along friends, he asked everyone to wear white so they would be able to spot each other easily.

Today the event has become a tradition, taking in more than 50 cities and 20 countries and has been embraced by more than 100,000 gourmets around the world. 

The guests eat in splendor at a location they learn about only minutes before they arrive. They are told to wear comfortable shoes and meet up with their team leader who says,"follow me," They have no idea where they are going.

At the event thousands of attendees wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.

Check out the amazing results in Detroit
You may have watch this on the youtube site as some may not be able to view from my blog
(Give it a try and see -- if not please click over to youtube)

if you are not familiar with Diner en Blanc
here is the Paris event
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