Archive: HCX Collaboration | 1st Annual Afro-Latino Fest

afro-lat fest 13On Saturday, June 29, HCX participated in the First Afro-Latino Festival of NYC.  Inspired by a desire to showcase the unity of African descendants throughout Latin America, the festival was produced by Garifuna-American community member Tania Molina and Mai-Elka Prado Gil, an Afro-Panamanian journalist, singer and performer.

Organized in conjunction with the Brooklyn Arts and Culture Fest, spearheaded by Atim Annette Oton of Calabar Imports, the festival showcased the talents of the Afro-Latino community and included several vendors selling clothing, books, and jewelry.  The festival also included a face painting activity for children and body paintings of traditional West African symbols.  Several community organizations were present, including Proyecto Afrolatin@, Black Latina Movement, and Yemaya Caribe.

Festival attendees were able to enjoy the dance and music of Hijos de Agueybana, Chief Joseph Chatoyer’s Garifuna Folkloric Ballet, Negros Americanos, DJ Sabine, Orisha Dances, and Nedelka Prescod.  Food vendors provided Afro-Panamanian and Dominican cuisine for the over 300 Festival attendees.  Haiti Cultural Exchange presented a spoken word and drumming performance by poet Jennifer Celestin, drummers Atibon Nazaire and Zilibo, and dancer Sita Frederick.

For a video of the performance presented by HCX, click here.

For more photos of the First Afro-Latino Festival of NYC, visit this link.

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