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Selebrasyon! | Lakou NOU + Mizik Ayiti : Thursday, June 23rd

05.14.16

Mizik Ayiti at Pioneer Works

Meet 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.

On the night of Mizik Ayiti, Clocktower Radio releases a cassette mixtape of archived Radyo Shak recordings from their pirate radio station during the Ghetto Biennale of Port-au-Prince. The recordings are in both English and Kreyol, and include snippets of slam poetry, traditional Haitian recipes, historical tales, interviews with biennale artists, Rara street festivals, twoubadou crooners, and all vinyl DJ sets.

In rural Haiti, the Lakou communal living system embodies the intersection of land, family, and spirituality. Lakou members develop reciprocal patterns of resource sharing and jointly work the land. Lakou NOU (“Our Yard: in Haitian Creole), HCX’s newest program, will provide four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four traditionally under-served Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.

After receiving over 25 applications, the Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee chose the following four Lakou NOU Residents based on their demonstrated commitment to the Haitian community and their proven artistic excellence:

Lakou Nou bio picClick here to view the Selebrasyon! 2016 calendar of events!

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

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Selebrasyon! | Salon d’ Haiti : Sunday, June 19th

05.13.16

Salon d' Haiti
Haiti Culture Exchange’s signature literary event inviting authors of Haitian descent to talk about new work. The program will include readings, a book signing/sale, and a discussion with authors Yanick Lahens and Géssica Généus; moderated by Jasmine Narcisse.

This program will be conducted in Haitian Creole and French.

Yanick Lahens

yanick lahensYanick Lahens is a Haitian writer, novelist, teacher, and lecturer. Lahens attended high school and university in France before returning to Haiti where she taught until 1995 at the University of Haiti. She served in the office of the Minister of Culture. Her first novel, Dans la maison du père, was published in 2000. In 2014, she received the Prix Femina for Bain de Lune. Lahens plays an active role in the development of Haiti’s cultural assets.

Gessica Généus

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 2.42.03 PMGessica Généus is a Haitian born actress who made her acting debut at the age of 17 in Barikad, one of the most popular films in Haitian cinema. Staring in a number of acclaimed Haitian films, Gessica founded a production company named Ayizan Productions, and started writing and directing several projects of documentary and fiction. Vizaj Nou, one of her main projects, is a series of short documentaries/portraits of personalities that have impacted the Haitian society and that are still living in the country. Her first book Yon Ti Koze ak Sèm (Conversations With My Sister in Haitian Creole), is dedicated to young women in Haiti.

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

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

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Selebrasyon! | Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs : Saturday, June 18th

05.13.16

Krik- Krak!

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 with Goussy Célestin.

Goussy Célestin

Goussy CelestinGoussy’s personal mission is to stir up all her musical influences into a moving experience, incorporating Jazz elements, and dance influences. She has studied/performed music and dance for the last two decades and performs throughout the NYC Tri-State area as a musician and dancer. With the hats of a pianist, composer, arranger, vocalist, and dancer interchangeably worn, Goussy has received favorable reviews in the New York Times, where she was called a “renaissance woman’. In addition to wearing the many hats of a performing artist, Goussy teaches music and dance in various programs in NYC.

Check out our past events with Goussy at Bann Konte and Krik? Krak! at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 18th | 2pm
LOCATION: East 43rd Street Block Association Community Garden | MAP
1087 E 43rd Street | Brooklyn, NY
ADMISSION: Free

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Selebrasyon! | Film Screening : Wednesday, June 1st

05.04.16

Ayiti Mon Amour 4

Join us for an exclusive screening of the critically acclaimed film Ayiti Mon Amour. Presented in collaboration with the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, and BAM Cinematek.

In a small fishing hamlet forgotten by the rest of the world, the sea is gaining ground and although the memories of the great disaster still lingers, life and love must prosper and survive in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Several characters try to make sense of their own existence, including a teenager studying Japanese who is bullied for being light-skinned, a writer and his muse who are grappling with their identities, an old fisherman caring for his ailing wife. With demonstrations against corruption becoming as commonplace as fisherman fighting for their livelihood, the hopes and fears of the Haitian people collide at a critical moment in their history.

Written & Directed by award-winning Haitian-American filmmaker Guetty Felin.

Q & A with the Director, Actors, and Special Guests to follow the screening. 

“AYITI MON AMOUR,” was a Yellow Robin Award nominee at the 2016 Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it made its World Premiere. Its U.S. Premiere was at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. 

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 1st | 7:30pm
LOCATION: BAM Rose Cinemas | MAP
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Admission: $14
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