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Save the Date | PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince Closing Night

10.24.18

Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 9.57.28 PMClosing night of PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince will celebrate the final viewing of this dynamic exhibition with a DJ set by Haiti-based rara tech DJ Gardy Girault, performances by Sheila Anozier, Tiga Jean-Baptiste
and other special guests.

Stay tuned for more details!
 
PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince brings together the work of over 25 artists working in the Haitian capital. Co-curated by Haitian-American artist and curator Edouard Duval-Carrié and British artist and curator Leah Gordon.

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Strings N Skins at BQLT 7th Annual Bike & Walking Tour | Recap

09.16.18

Photo Credit: Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust

Photo Credit: Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust

On September 15, 2018 at the People’s Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn, HCX joined the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust at the final stop of the BQLT Annual Bike & Walking Tour.

Brooklyn-based Strings N Skins, brought the rhythm under the J line as gardeners, community members and families viewed outdoor sculptures and enjoyed a delicious community barbecue, dancing and the last rays of a long summer day.

Strings N Skins celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African  heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of the violin and the djembe. The band was  founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 by vocalist and percussionist Okai and Latin Grammy Award Winner violinist Luisa Bastidas.

View more pictures here!

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Nubian Nene’s Crown Heights Creatives | Lakou NOU Recap

01.08.18

Happy New Year! We’re starting 2018 by reflecting on artist-in-residence Nadine “Nubian Nene” Sylvestre’s presentation of her project “Crown Heights Creatives.” The event concluded the Lakou NOU 2017 presentation series on December 22nd and sent us off into the holiday season motivated to breathe, move, and meditate on the impact we have on our neighborhoods.

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Nene’s residency and culminating project was based on her belief that basic human services are things a city should provide its residents. In “Crown Heights Creatives”, Nene documents the personal perspective of residents on environmental justice and access to healthy public spaces. She assesses the Crown Heights community needs, raises awareness about the presence of local street farms, gardens and the availability of healthy foods, and engages the creatives of that community to share their skills, expertise and teachings towards collective action.

The event included live drumming and original music by Lakou NOU 2016 residents Okai Fleurimont & DJ Sabine Blaizin, a dance class taught by Nene herself, live painting by Haitian-American visual artist Madjeen Isaac, and a multi-media video and performance installation conceptualized by Nene for this residency. Photographer and videographer Richard Louissant helped to create the video installation, accentuating the way Nene’s movement reflected on space-based relationships and inheritance.

In her new performance piece created for the Lakou NOU residency, Nubian Nene pulls from her Haitian heritage, connecting the dots between Crown Heights, its residents, and herself – a Haitian-Canadian woman living in Brooklyn.  She danced in honor and in portrayal of Kouzen Zaka, the agriculture/harvest/hard worker lwa of Haitian Vodou. By doing this she further enforced the idea of community collective action and relationship to space.

NUBIAN NENE Lakou Nou Performance – Friday, December 22, 2017 from Richard Louissaint on Vimeo.

Find more photos from Nene’s event on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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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Lakou NOU 2017: Canarsie’s Konpa Celebration

10.17.17

Glenda Lezeau, Lakou (1)

Glenda Lezeau (Canarsie) is a lover of all things Konpa from the keyboard solos to the dance moves. She is a piano player determined to shed a different light on Haiti by sharing the sounds of Haitian music along with its beautiful culture. Her passion for music strengthens and intensifies as she advances a movement of positive, inspirational music that is powerful enough to impact others. With over 20 years of training as a pianist and violist, Glenda has performed at many high profile venues, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Plaza Hotel and New York’s City Hall. She holds a diploma in Instrumental Music from Fiorella H. Laguardia High School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Canarsie’s Konpa Celebration is designed to celebrate the beautiful sounds of Konpa and Haitian Culture in a community that is historically Haitian and that lacks convening spaces so integral to building and sustaining communities. With a community dance fitness session, Konpa dance showcase, and special musical performance by the artist herself, Glenda Lezeau builds a celebration that uplifts Haitian music and dance while allowing people to come together as one. The event will feature Konpa music all throughout, catering by Fleurimond Catering, and special giveaways!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 4pm – 8pm
LOCATION: Happy Seniors Adult Social Daycare | MAP
611 East 76th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11236
ADMISSION: Free Entry

Click here for the Facebook event page!

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