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Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl – by Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

09.09.15

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The Kreyòl language has the imagination of a child: limitless. It paints everything vividly, musically and is full of emotion. It holds nothing back.

For our fifth annual Pwezi ak Mizik anba Tonèl, we paid homage to the poets that showed us the limitlessness of our mother tongue: Jòj Castra, Lionèl Trouyo, Jean Pierre Richard Narcisse…

After a great introduction by Wynnie Lamour, Director of the Haitian Creole Language Institute, the evening of inspired music and poetry  began with Andeyò: Drums & Chants from Rural Haiti with master drummers Jean Raymond “Sanba KebyesouGiglio, Zilibo, Markus Schwartz, and vocalist Geralda Dalestin.  A fitting and educational drumming set that took the HCX community back in time, to a period where Kreyòl was being brought to existence by the different African tribes transported to the island. Introducing each song with its historical background, the group taught us about the various rhythms so prominent in traditional Haitian music: Rada, Nago, Kongo and Banda.

The poets took the stage next. Delianov and Melissa Beauvery shook us with their readings of “M’ Gen Yon Kanmarad, Loray Kale” and some of their own writing. Schneider Laurent, with his own mash up of Franketienne, Georges Castera, Felix Morisseau Leroy, and many more, had us at the edge of our seats with a breathtaking theatrical performance.

The emotional intensity only escalated from there as pioneer of Kreyòl writing, poetry and literature, Jean Pierre Richard Narcisse came to the stage. He read a series of texts from the great Haitian poets and some of his own that extensively and intimately explored the various forms of basic emotions of human nature: anger, sadness, happiness… He then invited his wife and her endearing voice, Jasmine Narcisse, on stage to sing “Nan Katye Moren in accompaniment before ending his set in a powerful reading of an excerpt of his collection Recho etajè : Pa mande m’ poukisa m’bèt. The latter had our hearts in our throats and holding back tears.

The night ended on a melodious note with Pauline Jean and her band taking on beautiful, jazzy renditions of some of Haiti’s iconic tunes. Leaving the Shapeshifter Lab was a struggle, as we didn’t want her set to end.

Thank you to all that made this event as wonderful as it was and we can’t wait to bring you another event filled with what, in our opinion, runs through the veins of the world: art, rhythm and culture.

Thank you to our funders: ConEd, National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For photos click here.

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Remembering 2010 | Film Screening with Associated Press Photojournalist Chery Dieu Nalio – by Keylah Mellon, Communications and Outreach Intern

07.08.15

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In partnership with 651 Arts, Haitian AP Photojournalist, Chery Dieu Nalio shared his craft with the HCX community Tuesday, June 30th. The program commemorated the 2010 earthquake, as Nalio presented his culminating project, Remembering 2010, from his Magnum Fellowship.

Every year the Magnum Foundation offers, in conjunction with NYU, scholarships to a six-week intensive fellowship program to explore strategies for creating effective visual stories with the aim of advancing Human Rights in their home countries. Nalio, now a Magnum Human rights fellow, was chosen amongst a myriad of applicants along with 6 other candidates hailing from Ukraine, Palestine, China, Syria, South Africa and the Philippines.

The evening started with a screening of Michèle Stephenson’s Haiti: One Day, One Destiny, a 20-minute feature on the emotional impact of the quake and the poignant stories of rebuilding efforts from the perspective of Haitians. A slide show of Nalio’s eye catching and carefully composed photography was then presented, followed by Remembering 2010. The 3-minute multi-media feature focused on Stéphanie Joseph, a thriving survivor of the earthquake. Narrated by Joseph, the piece recounts her experience during the disaster, the loss of her mother and her arrival in the United States through Nalio’s amazing eye. Culminating in pictures of Joseph’s graduation from Baruch College, the video ended on an inspiring note and Stephanie’s future plans to return to Haiti to assist with the positive transformation of the country. This opened up the floor for a great Q&A with both Michèle Stephenson and Chery Dieu Nalio. Interesting discussions among the program participants and artists revolved around power & empowerment and its relationship to Vodou, the situation between Haiti & the Dominican Republic, the presence of NGOs in the country, empowering the Haitian people, and the role of community to mention a few. Both films were conversation inducing as great art always is. HCX was very pleased to present Nalio’s work as we strive to give our community significant and inspiring art.

 

 

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Sunday, May 17th | Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!

04.09.15

Flag Day Banner

HCX invites you to Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!

May 18th is the day Haitians dedicate to celebrating the creation of the flag, sewn by Catherine Flon in 1803.  Communities in Haiti and throughout the Diaspora come together in prideful celebration!

On Sunday, May 17th HCX invites you to join us for our second annual Haitian Flag Day  Selebrasyon!  In partnership with the Arts & Culture Fest, this all day outdoor festival will take place at Parkside Plaza on Parkside and Ocean Avenues in Brooklyn.  Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and support local artists at our marketplace featuring Haitian and Afro-Diaspora artisans and local businesses.  With free outdoor activities including a DJ, live drumming, musical performances, food, dance workshops and FREE face painting and arts & crafts for kids.  Located at one of Brooklyn’s most travelled crossroads, we expect to attract over 1,000 people.  Confirmed participants include DJ Sabine Blaizin, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, and Council Member Jumaane Williams.

Click here if you are interested in becoming a
Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! vendor.

 

Click here to become an official
Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! volunteer.

 

Our 2015 Flag Day Selebrasyon! is supported by Diaspora Community Services, Council Member Jumaane Williams, and by Public Funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last year’s Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! was a blast!  Jocelyne Dorismé and Nadïne LaFond got the crowd moving and children from the P.S. 189 Dance Ensemble showed off their new dance moves!

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Take a look at last year’s event by clicking here!

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 17th | 12pm-6pm
LOCATION: Parkside Plaza | Ocean Ave & Parkside Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11225 Map
Take the Q train to Parkside Ave

DCA This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

 

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March 27th: The Promise of Haiti II | The Renaissance of Gingerbread Houses: Art & Architecture

02.17.15

Promise of Haiti logoJoin Friends of FOKAL for a special cocktail reception in support of FOKAL’s 20 year commitment to Haiti.  A Keynote address will be presented by H. E. Michèle Pierre-Louis, President of FOKAL and former Prime Minister of Haiti.

Friends of FOKAL will also showcase Gingerbread Paintings created by Eric Girault, Master Impressionist, and hold a silent auction.

Date/Time: Friday, March 27, 2015 | 6-8:30pm
Location: Medici Group | 215 Park Ave South
Corner of 18th St, Suite 1901 | New York NY, 10003
Take the L, N, Q, R, 4, 5 or 6 to 14th St Union Sq | Map
Admission: $100
Click here to purchase tickets!
**Business Attire

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