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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
 | Click Here to see pictures from this event!
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
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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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HCX Collaborations | Creative Aging Program at the Brooklyn Public Library

02.10.16

Riva PrecilHaiti Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library for community members over 50 years of age, Creative Aging. Teaching artist, Riva Precil, will lead participants on a visual exploration of Haitian arts and culture through painting, collage, mask-making and beading. The program will run for 10-weeks at the Canarsie Library.  To register, please call: 718.257.6547.

Canarsie Library
1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11236
718.257.6547

Born in Brooklyn, Riva grew up in Haiti where she studied music, folkloric and modern dance, art, and theatre under some of the most important teachers of their genre.  She obtained a degree in Music Therapy at Loyola University in New Orleans and completed a Music Therapy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She has had the opportunity to teach music, art, and movement to a wide variety of populations in diverse settings, such as day care centers, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. As a musician, Riva has performed at numerous venues including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Atlantic Antic and Make Music New York festivals.

Click here to learn more about this program!

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A Screening of Cristo Rey & Purgatorio – by Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

12.22.15

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BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp building was filled with a diverse crowd on Thursday, December 3rd for the screening of Leticia Tonos Paniagua’s Cristo Rey. Co-Presented by the Caribbean Film Academy and BAMcinematek, the main feature was preceded by a poignant short film, Pugatorio, by Haitian director Martine Jean.

Beautifully shot with deep vibrant colors and contrasts, the 12-minute movie revolves around Rosa Jean Louis and her daughter Soledad as they are questioned in a Dominican immigration office about their nationality and the authenticity of their papers despite being born in Dajabon. After being humiliated and degraded based on her Haitian sounding name and separated from her daughter, the film ends with her deportation and her crossing the border towards Haiti, a state that she knows nothing of.

While the latter film presents this almost inhumane facet of deportation in the strained Haitian-Dominican relations, Cristo Rey approaches this delicate subject in a different way.

Taking place in the slum of Cristo Rey, the story begins with Janvier, a first generation Haitian-Dominican (his mother is Haitian and father Dominican). The town is stricken by poverty, as well as an intense divide between Haitian immigrants and Dominicans, and is ruled by the drug lord El Baca.

The feature really explores and examines various aspects of what tarnishes the relationship between the people of Hispaniola: racism, prejudice, poverty, and most importantly misunderstanding.

The screening was followed by a discussion led by filmmaker Michèle Stephenson and Cristo Rey’s Director Leticia Tonos Paniagua. The most common comment was on the authenticity of the depections and Paniagua’s beautiful eye. HCX thanks all of those that came out to the screening! Special thanks to CAFA, and BAMCinématek.

Take a look at some photos here.

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Mesye, Dam, la Sosyete, Krik? Krak! – By Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

11.11.15

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The transmission of customs and beliefs is vital to the sustainability of a culture. Cultural activist Allenby Augustin, of Haiti based cultural organization Akoustik Prod, joined us for a week-long arts residency where he engaged a number of artists of the Haitian Diaspora and kids of our afterschool youth arts engagement program at PS 189 in the mission of his organization: the preservation and promotion of Haitian traditional arts. The workshops led to our exhilarating event, Bann Konte: a Rara Storytelling Procession.

On a beautiful fall afternoon, the Crown Heights community gathered to celebrate the Haitian tradition of oral storytelling, songs and games. The program began at FiveMyles Gallery with Djarara, the low rumbling of drums, and the calling of the Konè. The storytellers followed with chanting “Legba nan Bayè a”, accompanied by the musicians and a very enthusiastic crowd.

A woman in a bright red dress took center stage: “Mesye, dam, la sosyete, Krik? Krak! My name is Michèle and I have come here to tell you a little story.” After Michèle Voltaire Marcelin’s wonderful tale of Who Will be King in the Republic of Port-au-Prince (spoiler: Haiti Remained without a King), the festive atmosphere of Rara was only accentuated by the demonstration of traditional games including “Wòch Mache” (walking rock) and chants of “Ewa! Ewa!” The procession then left the HCX home base, parading down Eastern Parkway in the mists of joyful dancing and invigorating melodies towards the Brooklyn Public Library.

The crowd was led to the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza by an animated Gede-like figure dressed from head to toe in a purple outfit: Goussy Celestin, our second storyteller. She captivated us in her rendition of Mimi Barthelemy’s Ti Fou and the 7 Horn Monster. Allenby Augustin then led participants in a game of “Kash Kash Liben”, a hide and seek type of game where one person stealthily hides a rock amongst the players, while a designated player tries to figures out who has the object.

The last part of the procession headed to Berg’n where Schneider Laurent, Guy Guyt and Lovely Kermonde gave an expressive and intense performance reflecting on Haiti’s political, cultural and social situation, leaving us to ponder as Djarara swayed us with their last performance of the night.

Thank you to Allenby Augustin, Goussy Celestin, Schneider Laurent, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, our funders! Tradition was the focus with HCX’s Bann Konte and we thank all who attended, came to support and helped take the streets of Crown Heights on Sunday, November 1st with traditional games, folktales and rara music.

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