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HCX Collaborations | Haïti en Folie

10.25.16

By Nathalie Jolivert, HCX Communications and Outreach Coordinator

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This past Sunday, October 23, 2016, Haiti Cultural Exchange collaborated with Festival Haiti en Folie and hosted a conference and book signing for authors Michel Soukar and Rodney Saint-Eloi at Brooklyn College. Fabienne Colas, founder of Haiti en Folie and Carèl Pèdre, radio host of Chokarella in Haiti gave a warm welcome to the attendees after which, the writer and poet Michèle Marcelin Voltaire moderated the conversation between the two guest speakers.

Michel Soukar, historian and journalist based in Port-au-Prince spoke about his career and how his exile from Haiti allowed him to take a step back, as an activist, to focus on the history of the country. Learning about the complex history of Haiti encouraged him to communicate political and societal change in compelling storytelling. Soukar’s bibliography includes “Cora Geffrard, which recounts the life and death of president Fabre Geffrard’s daughter who was killed at a young age and “La Prison des Jours, which follows his main character, Antoine Pierre Paul’s insurgence against the US army during the American occupation of Haiti. In December, Soukar will be part of a conference in Haiti highlighting this military occupation, as a difficult period with an ongoing impact.

Rodney Saint-Eloi, writer and editor based in Montreal spoke about the importance of memory for the Haitian people. In the presentation of his newly published novel “Passion Haiti”, he mentions that memory is important to preserve for it is by knowing our past that we can move forward with lessons learned. As an example, he mentioned that his recent novel gave hope to a reader who felt hopeless for the Southern cities of Haiti post-hurricane Matthew. By reading about the author’s native city of Cavaillon, the reader understood that this city would prevail, for there was a lot of history that could not be erased by a hurricane.

As editors and great promoters of Haitian literature, Michel Soukar and Rodney Saint-Eloi also took the time to pay homage to classic Haitian writers like René Dépestre, Marie-Vieux Chauvet and Jacques Roumain. They also highlighted the works of a growing number of women writers, as well as that of poets who publish in Creole.

The attendance was multi-generational and the questions covered many aspects of the literary scene of Haiti from budding writers trying to make a mark through their participation in fairs and literary events, to scholars who are concerned about the future of literature in Haiti and the access to published work by a wider Haitian audience, via education. The event ended with a long line of guests eager to have their questions answered as they got their newly purchased books signed by the authors.

Haiti Cultural Exchange was pleased to partner with Fabienne Colas and Haiti En Folie and look forward to continuing to partner with likeminded organizations to bring Haitian culture to the forefront of New York’s rich cultural landscape.

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Ann Pale | Café Conversation with Lakou NOU Artists

10.06.16

by Nathalie Jolivert, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at HCX.

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Lakou NOU is Haiti Cultural Exchange’s newest Artist in Residency program providing opportunities for artists to work in Brooklyn communities that are home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. The first four artists to participate in this program are true community activists who will be working in the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Canarsie. Their projects deal with urbanism, place-making, community-building, public health, and empowerment at a time in US history when the Afro-Caribbean people of Brooklyn need it most. HCX hosted its signature Ann Pale Café Conversation panel with the first cohort of Lakou NOU residents: Sabine Blaizin, Veroneque Ignace, & Okai Fleurimont. (Sherley Davilmar was unable to be present).

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Sabine Blaizin, a New York based DJ who spins Afro-Soul, combines sounds of the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora. In her project based in Crown Heights, Blaizin will create a soundscape with stories she will collect from Haitian members in the community affected by gentrification. To collect those stories, Blaizin is very proactive in connecting with Crown Heights community leaders and attending neighborhood meetings relevant to her subject. On October 26th, she will be holding interviews at our office in Crown Heights with volunteer residents. Their stories will be recorded by StoryCorps and archived in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

Blaizin has performed with DJs in various cities in the US, Canada, Dakar, Mexico, Cuba and Haiti. In answering how it feels like to travel to different countries and coming back to the US with new material, she explains that she reaches a different level of connection with her crowd. Listening to her music mixing conversations, deep reflections and words of wisdom, one can already imagine how inspiring and challenging it may be for Blaizin to piece together sounds of grief, displacement, nostalgia and disappointment in Crown Heights. The feelings that are attached with the “Haitian flight” in Crown Heights can be assimilated to all the forced migrations people of black heritage experience. Gentrification is an ongoing occurrence in Crown Heights. It is bittersweet to foresee that the residents’ experience is ready to be archived for the memory of future generations. Blaizin’s project also brings an opportunity for those residents to reflect on their situation with an approach that might reveal new depths in their understanding of what gentrification means in their lives.

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Véronèque Ignace is a dancer and public-health professional who wants to heal through the power of dance. This has been an important goal for her since working on her thesis at Williams College. In a powerful video introduction of her thesis, she explains that the experience of Black students studying in predominantly white institutions can be traumatic and should be taken into account in their academic performance. The result is a dissertation and choreography in which her dancers interact with the audience and make them face this issue with movement.

How does her experience as a dancer and academician at Williams differ from her role as a healer in East Flatbush? “In East Flatbush my work is not a show” she responds. In East Flatbush, Ignace creates a platform and outlet for the youth to deal with emotions that are not always addressed. It is an opportunity for her to truly practice skills of dance therapy and respond to the youth’s reaction to violence in their neighborhood. “Some of them are afraid to leave their house” Ignace explains.

The title to Veroneque’s project is “#Trending” and she encourages the young Haitian-Americans of East Flatbush to express their feelings about the trending deaths in the Black community – Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more recently Keith Scott… unfortunately, the list goes on. How not to feel overwhelmed? Dealing with the growing numbers is a challenge that Ignace is willing to tackle as the youth of East Flatbush grapple with the violence they witness in their community.

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Rodney ‘Okai’ Fleurimont, is a percussionist and MC who is interested in the importance and benefits of a healthy diet in a musician’s life. In recent experiences traveling with his music band, he realized that, beyond the fatigue of traveling through different time-zones, the meals his colleagues consumed had a direct correlation with their performances. Okai has previously taught at PS 189 in Brownsville Brooklyn as a Ti Atis teacher via HCX and his experiences leading workshops and various other initiatives, made him realize that there is a pressing need for the youth in the Black community to think about their diet. Issues of diabetes and obesity are prominent within the youth of the Black Community.

With his project in Canarsie, Okai will partner with various drummers, masters of Afro-Caribbean and West-African techniques, to teach students how to play the drums. Each session will begin with a class on exercise and diet. Okai’s goal is to inspire the Haitian-American youth to keep their passion for music alive by understanding that they need the physical strength to carry their musical instruments around and also to play for hours without collapsing. There are many other benefits in participating in Okai’s workshops. Discipline and team-work are the qualities he sees his students acquire as they learn how to play the drums. They understand that it takes great team-work and perfect coordination to carry out a nice melody.

Sherley Davilmar, who will be working in the community of Flatbush was unable to make it to the Ann Pale Café Conversation. However, she shared with us the workshops that she will be hosting in the upcoming weeks for her project. They will all take place at the Brooklyn Public Library on Linden Boulevard and will cover themes of “Health Beauty and Wellness”, “Gentrification” and “Black Bodies”. From Davilmar’s energetic performances during HCX’s Selebrasyon events, one can already expect that her work will be charged with great information for future performances.

The Ann Pale Café Conversation with the Lakou NOU artists was a great opportunity for us to learn about the progress of their work. Speaking to the audience was also initial research material for the artists in their projects. As interactive as their work is, it will be inspiring to see how their projects evolve in the upcoming months.

Check out the Facebook Album HERE.

Take a look at the calendar of upcoming programs HERE.

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Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl 2016

10.03.16

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For the 6th edition of our annual literary event “Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl” we were pleased to host the legendary musician Boulo Valcourt and poets Jeanie Bogart and James Noël. Boulo Valcourt holds an important place in the Haitian music scene and culture. He participated in various music bands, including Ibo Combo and Caribbean Sextet, and is well known for his contribution to Haiti’s “twoubadou” music genre. Jeanie Bogart grew up in the Southern Haitian city of Les Cayes before moving to New York. As a Creole and French court interpreter, Bogart witnesses difficult court trials, yet her poetry is full of passion and love. James Noël, who joined us from Port-au-Prince, is a prolific poet whose career is widely celebrated. He is very active in the literary scene of Haiti and often participates in international literary events.

The evening started with an open-mic for poets in the audience, which was a fitting tone for this evening filled with impromptu performances, street dancing, and community residents from our Crown Heights neighborhood. They were followed by Boulo Valcourt whose lovely guitar set the mood for James Noël and Jeanie Bogart. Noël’s touching tribute to the late Haitian drummer Léonord Fortuné ‘Azor’ and Bogart’s passionate love lyrics motivated our guests to rush and buy copies of their anthologies after the show. It felt like the perfect end-of-summer event. In the final moments, Boulo Valcourt’s nostalgic sounds for the famous song “La Pèsonn O” had the crowd chanting together with the musician as they wished farewell to the warm season.

Please enjoy pictures of the performance below by Paul Corbanese:
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Event covered by Adolf Azuphar on Rhythm Passport: http://www.rhythmpassport.com/articles-and-reviews/event-review/review-boulo-valcourt-five-myles-gallery-brooklyn-27th-august-2016/

Event covered by Tequila Minsky on Caribbean Life: http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2016/9/2016-09-02-tm-haitian-sidewalk-soiree-cl.html?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=misclinks&utm_source=newsbar&utm_content=intra

James Noël’s books :
Anthologie de la Poésie Haïtienne
Intranqu’îllités
Le Pyromane Adolescent
Un jour… tes pantoufles

Jeanie Bogart’s books :
Sa m pral kite dèyè
Dènye rèl- DVD

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May 1 – June 30, 2016 Selebrasyon! | Libète/Freedom

04.01.16

New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture

Haiti Cultural Exchange is proud to announce our Second Biennial Selebrasyon! a festival of Haitian art and culture, showcasing the diversity, beauty and vitality of Haiti and its Diaspora – from the traditional to the modern.

Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. HCX launched this biennial celebration in 2014 toward increasing engagement with Haitian Arts & Culture in one of the largest Haitian Diaspora communities in the world. The second installment of the festival will be presented as a part of HCX’s Spring & Summer 2016 Season centering on the theme of Libète/Freedom. Through exhibits, conversations, film screenings, and performances, Selebrasyon! will explore artistic movements of the 30 years subsequent to the fall of the Duvalier regime in Haiti.

Click here to read about Selebrasyon! 2014.

Check out the season line-up below!
Click here to see pictures from our last event!

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Selebrasyon! Kick Off Event | Click here to see pictures from this event!
Sunday, May 1st | 2-8pm

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Join Haiti Cultural Exchange for the kick-off of our Second Biennial Selebrasyon! featuring a DJ, live music, family arts activities, and a pop-up art exhibit of works on paper.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 1st | 2-8pm
LOCATION: Affirmation Arts Gallery | MAP
523 West 37th Street | New York, NY 10018
ADMISSION: $25 in Advance | $30 at Door
$15 for Students/Seniors (Tickets Available Only at the Door. Must Have Valid ID.)
Children Under 12 FREE
Click here to purchase tickets!

Lakou Mizik! | Click Here to see pictures from this event!
Friday, May 6th | 8pm

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In partnership with 651 Arts & BRIC, Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Lakou Mizik, a collective of Haitian musicians who are bringing new life to Haitian roots music with legends like master drummer Sanba Zao, and young stars like Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis.

DATE/TIME: Friday, May 6th | 8pm
LOCATION: BRIC House Ballroom |MAP
647 Fulton St | Brooklyn, NY 11217
ADMISSION: $20 in Advance | $23 at Door

The Haitian Creatives Series
Wednesday, May 11th | 6-8pm

Join us for a film screening by Richard Louissaint in collaboration with Weeksville Heritage Center, featuring the Haitian Creatives Series, an ongoing video and photo documentary project.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 11th | 6-8pm
LOCATION: Weeksville Heritage Center | MAP
158 Buffalo Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: $10
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Exhibit at FiveMyles PLUS Space | Click Here to see pictures from this event!
Thursday, May 12th – Saturday, June 4th

FiveMylesJoin us as we journey through a visual art exhibit featuring Nathalie Jolivert & Mahalia Stines at the FiveMyles PLUS Space. This is an ongoing exhibit with an opening night reception on Thursday, May 12th at 6pm.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 12th – Saturday, June 4th
OPENING: Thursday, May 12th | 6pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery | MAP
558 St. John’s Place | Brooklyn, NY 11238
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation

Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! | Click Here to see pictures from this event!
Wednesday, May 18th | 6 – 10pm

Flag Day 2016

Come celebrate Haitian Flag Day with HCX at Shapeshifter Lab, featuring Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble, Anie Alerte, and Baz Twoubadou. Presented in collaboration with Councilmembers Jumaane Williams & Brad Lander.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 18th | 6-10pm
LOCATION: Shapeshifter Lab | MAP
18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, NY 11215
ADMISSION: FREE

Tribute to Vivianne Gauthier featuring
Jean Appolon Dance Expressions
& Kanu Dance Theater
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Saturday, May 21st | 7pm
Sunday, May 22nd | 2pm

Angaje3In collaboration with the Harlem School of the Arts, Haiti Cultural Exchange presents the New York Premiere of Angaje featuring Jean Appolon Dance Expressions and Kanu Dance Theater.

DATE/TIME: May 21st at 7pm | May 22nd at 2pm
LOCATION: Harlem School of the Arts | MAP
645 St Nicholas Ave | New York, NY 10030
ADMISSION: $20 in Advance | $25 at Door

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Exclusive Screening of Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin in Collaboration with CaFA | Click Here to see pictures from this event!
Wednesday, June 1st | 7:30pm

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In collaboration with the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), join Haiti Cultural Exchange for an exclusive screening of the film, Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin. Q & A with Director, Actors, & Special Guests to follow screening.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 1st | 7:30pm
LOCATION: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Buliding | MAP
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs 
Saturday, June 18th | 2pm

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In Partnership with Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust (BQLT), join us for Haitian folktales and songs, connecting children and families to the rich oral traditions of Haiti.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 18th | 2pm
LOCATION: East 43rd Street Block Association Community Garden | MAP
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Salon d’Haiti featuring Yanick Lahens & Gessica Généus
Sunday, June 19th | 2pm

Queens MuseumHaiti Culture Exchange’s signature literary event inviting authors of Haitian descent to talk about new work. This event will include readings, conversations with authors, and a book signing/sale. This program will be in French and Creole only.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 19th | 2pm
LOCATION: Queens Museum | MAP
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation

Lakou NOU + Mizik Ayiti!
Thursday, June 23rd | 7-10pm

Pioneer Works squareMeet the artists of Lakou NOU at Mizik Ayiti! an evening of Haitian music and dance in Red Hook’s premiere arts space. Presented in collaboration with Pioneer Works, Clocktower Radio, & Radyo Shak.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 23rd | 7-10pm
LOCATION: Pioneer Works | MAP
159 Pioneer Street | Brooklyn, NY 11231
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation

An n’ Pale| Café Conversation with Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges
Click here to see pictures from this event!
Sunday, June 26th | 3:30pm

Bowery SquareOur classic An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Danielle Legros Georges. A Poet Laureate of the City of Boston and a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University, her poems have been widely anthologized.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 26th | 3:30pm
LOCATION: Bowery Poetry Club | MAP
308 Bowery | New York, NY 10012
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation

Selebrasyon! Closing Night Haitian Flavor X Brooklyn Flow | Click here to see picutres from this event!
Thursday, June 30th | 6-11pm

Closing night

 

Join us for the closing night of Selebrasyon! featuring live music, a tasting of Haitian cuisine by renowned chefs and DJ.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 30th | 6-11pm
LOCATION: Berg’n | MAP
899 Bergen St. | Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee

Vania Andre · Makini Armand · Caron Atlas · Petrushka Bazin · Alicia Boone
Carolle Charles · Stephanie Cunningham · Edwidge Danticat · Jodine Dorce
Stephan Durand · Nadege Fleurimond · Fuljens Henry · Felicity Hogan · Carine Jocelyn
Wynnie Lamour · Daphne Leroy · Patricia Lespinasse · Farah Louis · Romola Lucas
Paola Mathe · Emeline Michel · Anthonine Pierre · Rose Pierre-Louis · Elsie Saint-Louis
Dina Simon · Gina Ulysse · Meredith Walters

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Selebrasyon! SponsorsSelebrasyon Credits

nysca_60px This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

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