Selebrasyon! :: Discussions & Workshops

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23rd, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.


Konpa Nite

Enjoy a discussion on the evolution of Konpa with your favorite musicians followed by an evening of dancing and the hottest Konpa tunes. Special invited guests include: Fanfan Tibot of Tabou Combo, Edy Brisseaux & Steve Desrosier.

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 6th, 2014 / 6pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Brasserie Creole, 22702 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11411 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.


Atis Angaje Forum

Artists of the “Atis Angaje” movement will discuss their experiences and political work during the Duvalier regime as well as the impact of art as a political tool in the Diaspora. With panelists Daniel Huttinot and Georges Vilson and video presentation by Lionel Legros. Co-presented with NYU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Daniel Huttinot is one of the founding members of Troupe Kouidor, a leftist performance art ensemble that utilized their craft to raise awareness of political issues under the Duvalier regime. Huttinot was also a political analyst on “L’Heure Haïtienne” from 1973 to 2000.

Lionel Legros is a Haitian journalist and directed the radio show “L’Heure Haïtienne” for over 20 years. His work documenting the experience of refugees from all over the world stands as a contribution to the voice of the displaced.

Georges Vilson is an archivist & musician who has worked to document Haitian folk and traditional music. His experience singing with well-known artist Manno Charlemagne links him to the early stages of a prolific movement of artists working to acknowledge and fortify Haiti’s cultural link to activism.

DATE / TIME: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 / 6 – 9pm
LOCATION: King Juan Carlos the I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10003 Map
ADMISSION: FREE. $10 suggested donation.


Community Curated Project: Istwa Djakout Mwen (The History of My Djakout)

graciepassportLed by artist Gracie Xavier in honor of Haitian Heritage Month, Istwa Djakout Mwen and Collage Workshop will utilize found objects and collage to help participants share stories of their voyage to the United States.

Gracie Xavier is a Haitian visual artist from New York. She is currently receiving her MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Learn more about Xavier’s work here.

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 1 – 3:30pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. Workshop will accommodate 20 people, please arrive early to ensure your seat. First come first serve.


Evolution | Revolution : A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Haitian Dance

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsPresented in collaboration with CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, join HCX for a panel discussion with dancers Julio Jean & Goussy Célestin on the evolution of traditional & contemporary dance in Haiti and the Diaspora. Discussion will be followed by a participatory dance demonstration.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 5 – 6:30pm
LOCATION: CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map

 Lakay Se Lakay :: Home is Home :  Haitian Electronic Artist conversation Series

LakayA panel of Haitian & Haitian-American DJs share insight on their style and the role of Haitian traditional sounds in their mixes. Panelists are Val Jeanty, Richard Laurent (Earthman), Justin Hyppolite (Dj Deepjust Aquabeat), Marjory Smarth, and Gardy Girault.

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 27th, 2014 /  6:30 – 9pm
LOCATION: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map

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