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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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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

kirk? 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.

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

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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Haitians reflect on the Duvalier years – by Tequila Minsky, for Caribbean Life News

03.02.16

2016-02-12-tm-duvalier-cl01_zSunday, Feb. 7 marked the 30-year anniversary since Baby Doc, Jean-Claude Duvalier, exited Haiti in ignominy ending almost 30 years of the Duvalier dictatorship.

Haiti Cultural Exchange chose this date to engage the community through film, performances, reflections, personal testimonies and conversations around the impact of the Duvalier rule. The day at Shapeshifter Lab culminated HCX’s year of Revolisyon / Revolution programming.

Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-nominated film “The Agronomist,” which explores political repression and remembrance, served as an anchor of the afternoon.

The documentary about the Haitian radio personality Jean Dominique covers many eras of Haitian history as it highlights Dominique’s fight for democracy.

In many moments while watching the archival footage, the viewer recognizes how history is repeating itself. (For example, after Aristide’s departure in 2004, a two-year interim government acted as a caretaker government as Haiti readies currently for an interim government.)

In the early 60s, Dominique, who had studied agronomy, bought Radio Haiti (later, renaming it Haiti-Inter) and turned it from entertainment into a vehicle for information. He broadcast in the language of all Haitians — Kreyòl, one of the earliest stations to do so.

Speaking out against successive dictatorships, he fled the country twice: from Duvalier in 1980 and from the Cedras de facto government in 1991. He returned in 1994 continuing to use his microphone to speak out against vested interests. Dominique was assassinated in 2000.

… Read the rest of the article at Caribbean Life News.

To view pictures from this event, click here.

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Resist & Restore. Lavi Miyò, A Work in Progress – by Jessica Tong, Programs and Outreach Coordinator

02.19.16

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This An n’ Pale took place on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at FiveMyles Gallery and was moderated by Jessica St. Vil & Shalomisrael Diggs of Kanu Dance Theater.

Section I. Birth/Naissance
“Everything has a beginning.  Everything must begin somewhere.  In vodou, life begins anew when a person engages in serious self-reflection ultimately leading them to devoting themselves to others, to prayer, to charity, to community, and to defending all of those things”

Section II. Life/Vie
“Everyday we face the trials and tribulations and through movement we each tell our individual stories.  The beauty is that there are commonalities in our struggle and the processes through which we achieve potential success.  That is the definition of community resistance.”

Section III. Death/Mort
“Although afro-traditions provide us with many beautiful things, they too are affected by the institutions that target the lives of black people daily.  Resistance and Resilience are not synonymous for being at PEACE.”

Section IV. Life-After/Au-delà
“Despite the things that exist to knock us down, we will live as long as living is possible.  Afro-traditions will remain relevant as long as there is a god, people to keep faith, and something to be liberated from.”

Click here to view photos from the event!

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False Prophets, a poem – by Olivier Joseph

False prophets you are a paradox:
Preach harmonies but sing chaos
Promote peace but bring catastrophe

You, false prophets, make it so damn hard to be black in America.
But to carry Haiti’s story is no simple task but a privilege we gladly accept

You, false prophets, make it so damn hard to be black in America.
But to carry Haiti’s story is no simple task but a privilege we gladly accept

Things are changing.
Haiti is alive and fighting.

Fighting to open doors to reconnect with the broken history we left in 1804.
Because as beautiful as life is it is not without flaw.
So resist and restore to make our presence known, even if the world thinks us gone

Its fighting because we are the new generation of life reborn (here) to right your wrong.

Performers include:
Naomi Faith Fields
Olivier Joseph
Laurel O’Conner
Marla Robertson
Lenl Russel

Photo’s taken by:
Richard Louissaint
Keylah Mellon
Tequila Minsky
Claire J. Saintil-Van Goodman

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