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Flag Day Selebrasyon! | Recap



On Saturday May 15, 2021 at BKLYN Commons, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted their annual  Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!  for Haitian Heritage Month;  honoring several community organizations for their extraordinary work on the frontlines during the pandemic. 

Community organizations along with their executive directors and leaders that were acknowledged included: Betty Aristide-Augustin of Ede Youth, Natacha Chloe of ANS Association,  Kelynne  J. Edmond of Haitian American Nurses Association, Carine Jocelyn of Diaspora Community Services, Nathalie Michel of Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization, Andre Peck of Haitian Community Coalition, Elsie Saint-Louis of Haitian Americans United for Progress and Jeffery Joseph of Radio Pa Nou. 


The event featured an evening-long live performance by Haitian Jazz band, Mozayik, and guest performances from Sherlee Skai and Clints Pavelus. Haitian bites were catered by GRANDCHAMPS restaurant; and raffle prizes were presented from the HCX Boutik, Boukman Rhum, Bonbon  Lakay, and Bazile Sauce. 

This celebratory event was made possible through partnership with Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, Council Member Farah N. Louis, and Little Haiti BK. Despite the uncertainties of the pandemic, their leadership, and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! affirmed the growing support and perseverance New York City’s Haitian community continues to withhold for immigrants and first generations in the Diaspora. 

Madjeen  Isaac is a Brooklyn-based Haitian American artist whose work investigates and commemorates Caribbean Diasporic culture and stories in the communities she occupies. She is an alum of The Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 

Please find more photos from this event on our Facebook page Flag Day Selebrasyon Photo Album



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Rasin Lakay features Sabine Blaizin


Haiti Cuba Project

What is the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and artistic connection between Cuba and Haiti? Discover Cuba’s and Haiti’s past, present, and future through the lens of a group of contemporary Cuban/Haitian artists.

The HCX community experienced their stories via an immersive audiovisual interpretation which included interviews, traditional dance, drum, and electronic music. These shared stories demystified the stereotypes of Haitians and Cubans. They redefined for themselves the concept of home and identity through a creative arts lens and have actively made a new history.

Click on any of the images below to watch the Haiti Cuba Project on HCX Facebook Live:

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Sabine Blaizin‘s work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca, Cumbancha, and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, DJ Sabine’s mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of “Grassroots Dance Culture”. Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. She was also the resident DJ for Subrosa’s signature monthly party Cumbancha featuring African inspired rhythms of House, Soul, Latin music and more. In 2018 Sabine was a resident DJ for Fania Records’ Fania Collective. Today, she curates a party at Le Bain NYC called Rekolte: A Night of Haitian Roots & House. She is also a resident DJ for House of Yes NYC and Onda Mundial Mexico.

Find out more about DJ Sabine’s work by following her channels: Instagram | Website


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Harvest Homecoming | Recap


On October 20th, 2019 Haiti Cultural Exchange joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their annual Harvest Festival! Mahalia Stines presented a workshop on Zaka, the loa of harvest and agriculture and Fanmi Asòtò gave a stellar performance featuring traditional Haitian tunes emphasizing the harvest theme.

Mahalia Stines is a Brooklyn based Fiber Artist and Culture Conservationist. Although formally trained as a Costume Designer at the French Fashion Academy with the Great Carole H. Beule, Mahalia has always had a strong interest in Fiber and its infinite possibilities and applications, an interest that grew from watching the Russian-Haitian Artist Tamara Baussan at work.

In recent years her practice has evolved into the production of Large scale Art Quilts, small mixed media collages and wall sculptures, incorporating the various fiber processes and skills she’s acquired over the years, from weaving, felting, embroidery, quilting to beadwork and exploring themes as varied as Mother Nature’s chaos to History.

Cultural elements from her Native Haiti often feature prominently in her work, she firmly believes that Culture is our greatest natural resource, therefore sharing the vibrant culture of Haiti is becoming a Mission. She continues to design costumes, for the last four years for Durham based Gaspard & Dancers and Brooklyn Based Fanmi Asòtò.

Fanmi Asòtò is a Haitian cultural organization whose drum performance, community workshops, and herbal teachings are rooted in Vodou. Paying homage to the asòtò drum, the mother of all African descended drums, their mission is to encourage identity building for all Haitians but particularly for Haitian American youth who are the next generation of Haitian culture and Vodou. Created in 2014 by Sirene Dantor Sainvil, with the support of her husband and master drummer Jean Guy “Fanfan” Rene, Fanmi Asòtò seeks to develop a sense of pride within the Haitian community in a way that people of all backgrounds can be attracted to.

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Chile Pepper Festival | Recap


In collaboration with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Haiti Cultural Exchange presented several bands and vendors at their annual Chile Pepper Festival. This year’s theme was ‘N’awlins Flavored’ and given the close connection Haiti has to New Orleans it was only right that we add our own special spices to the mix!

Performances by Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band fusing jazz with traditional Haitian tunes and was followed by Plezi Rara, a Haitian band on foot who closed out the show.

Vendors included: Myabèl, Bazile Sauce, and Pierre’s Spicy Nut butter.




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