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Lakou NOU 2018 Collaborative Performance & Youth Activities for Selebrasyon!

05.14.18

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Lakou NOU 2018 Collaborative Performance & Youth Activities

Lakou NOU 2018 artists Madjeen Isaac, Richard Louissaint, Stefani Saintonge, and Sirene Dantor Sainvil will be merging their artistic talents together to present a collaborative work featuring a youth activities center at the East 43rd Street Community garden, a 501 c(3) non profit organization. Join us for an eventful evening of Haitian drumming, singing, painting, and community youth banner writing about “What does your Lakou and garden mean to you?”

Date/Time: Saturday, June 16th | 4 – 6pm
Location: East 43rd Street Community Garden | 1087 E 43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210

A Note From Our Community Partner:

The East 43rd Street Community garden a 501 c(3) non profit organization located at 1087 East 43 street, between Ave I and J, in Brooklyn. It is a 4000 square feet garden featuring a dozen raised beds and a children’s section. The garden is recruiting young people, adults, and senior adults to work with us in maintaining a place where the community to grow food and relationships.

For more information:

Email: e43scommunitygarden@yahoo.com

Website: e43rdcommunitygarden.org

Instagram: @engagedresidents

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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. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.

This year, HCX is pleased to announce that six Haiti-based artists will be participating in Selebrasyon! programming. This is all thanks to the support we have received for our HaitiXNY initiative, which aims to bring more artists from Haiti to present their work.

Download the Selebrasyon! Event List.

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Selebrasyon! 2018 & the Cultural Kaleidoscope Festival

05.01.18

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During Selebrasyon! 2018, Haiti Cultural Exchange will be participating in the Hudson Guild’s Cultural Kaleidoscope Festival taking place from June 1st to June 20th in the heart of Chelsea.

The goal of the festival is to widen the vision for the Guild’s arts programs and locate new and passionate sources of creativity. Through the exchange between new audiences and performers of a wide variety of cultural expressions, the festival will celebrate the rich and diverse heritages of the many individuals and families who are part of the Hudson Guild community.

Through a collaboration with Sans Limites Dance, HCX will present six dance concerts that feature choreographic works exploring themes of immigration and diasporic experiences. Each of these performances will feature one choreographer of Haitian descent, along with additional companies representing cultures from around the globe.  Featured groups include Dance Caribbean Collective, Kriyol Dance! Collective, and Renegade Performance Group. A seventh dance performance will be an evening-length work by Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin, a Haiti-based dance group that brings the richness of cultural expression and dances in Haiti to the world.

HCX is also partnering with the Caribbean Film Academy to present five film screenings that present diverse narratives and unique cinematic perspectives from Haiti and additional Caribbean nations. HCX will facilitate discussions around themes and topics explored at each screening and provide opportunities for audience members to share their points of view. The Hudson Guild is providing the theater-space at no cost and will be supplementing this work with outreach efforts within the local community. 

To find our more visit haiticulturalx.org/selebrasyon or visit our Facebook events here.

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About the author:

Veroneque Ignace is a Brooklyn-based Haitian American community arts advocate and public health practitioner. She is the creator of Kriyol Dance! Collective and centers her work on community and individual wellness. Veroneque is an alum of Suny Downstate Medical Center: School of Public Health.

For more of her work: www.veronequeignace.com | instagram.com/_kriyoldance_

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Announcing Selebrasyon! 2018 Official Community Partners

04.19.18

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It has been shown time and time again that you need a team to make the vision of a better and richer community possible. Men anpil chay pa lou!

HCX is teaming up with a cohort of community and media partners who take the meaning of socially engaged art seriously. Special thanks to the following community partners for helping to promote New York’s 3rd Biennial celebration of Haitian Arts & Culture:

651 Arts

AfroCROWD

Afro Latino Festival

Akoustik Productions

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust

Caribbean Film Academy

Children Museum of Arts NYC

East 43rd Street Community Garden

FiveMyles Gallery

Fondasyon Konésans ak Libèté (FOKAL)

Greene Garden

Haitian American Caucus

Haitian Creole Language Institute

Hudson Guild Theater

Kiskeacity

Little Haiti BK

Luminal Theater

Q Gardens Community Farm

Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Garden

Sans Limites Dance

The Haitian Roundtable

Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation

Trendy Tripping

Westbrook Memorial Garden

Woy Magazine

Find out more about Selebrasyon! here.

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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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