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Haitian Heritage Month Selebrasyon!

In celebration of Haitian Heritage month, Haiti Cultural Exchange is presenting a series of programs during the month of May. We invite you to join us!

Saturday, May 8, from 2-3 pm

Riva Precil featuring Monvelyno Alexis & Markus Schwartz perform a fusion of Haitian Rasin/Roots, Jazz, and African rhythms.

Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!
Saturday, May 15, from 4-7 pm

Featuring Music by Mozayik, New York’s premiere Haitian jazz ensemble.

Haitian Heritage Month
Friday, May 21, from 7-8 pm

Vocalist/bandleader Pauline Jean and saxophonist/
composer Godwin Louis bring a unique Caribbean island-inspired perspective to a jazz concert celebrating Haiti’s indigenous sounds and powerful grooves.

Advance tickets are required.

FANM Spring Garden Performances

Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Haiti | DIASPORA NOW at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Join us for exciting events this Spring:

Sunday, April 17 at 2pm
Jonathan Michel celebrates Haitian women composers with special guest Talie Cerin

Sunday, April 25 at 2pm
Traditional Haitian folksongs and drumming featuring Mia and Okai

Saturday, May 8 at 2pm
Riva Precil featuring Monvelyno Alexis and Markus Schwartz perform a fusion of Haitian Rasin/Roots, Jazz & African rhythms

Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 pm
Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present Haitian folkloric dance

Advance tickets are required.
Limited FREE community tickets available here.

An n Pale | Let’s Talk
Conversation featuring HCX RASIN LAKAY 2020 grantees

Join Haiti Cultural Exchange Communications & Engagement Coordinator, Riva Precil, as she moderates a conversation between the HCX RASIN LAKAY 2020 grantees: Sabine Blaizin, Darnelle Champagne, André Eugene, Leah Gordon, Wynnie Lamour, and Rejin Leys on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Click here to register for the Zoom event.
Meeting link | Meeting ID 932 1946 8503 | Passcode: annpale

RASIN Lakay Artists

Our OPEN CALL opportunity #HCXRASINLAKAY launched this April 2020 in response to COVID-19, provides grants of $500 for a total of 15 artists of Haitian descent in NYC and Haiti to create and present new work to be shared via the HCX online platforms. Click here to find out more.

View the #HCXRASINLAKAY artist portfolios by clicking on the names below:
Steven Baboun
Fritz Bernardin
Daniel “Dadi” Beaubrun
Sabine Blaizin
Darnelle Champagne and Wynnie Lamour (Jaden Timoun)
Andre Eugène
Okai Fleurimont
Rejin Leys
Glenda Lezeau
Richard Louissant
Coralie Noisette
Joanne Petit-Frère
Jeff Pierre
Pierre-Richard Raphael (Pyelila)
Youry Vixamar

Pa Bliye | Toto Bissainthe

Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Pa Bliye | Toto Bissainthe, a multi-media exhibition and concert benefiting Haiti Cultural Exchange, in partnership with Fondation Haiti Jazz. February 7th 2020 at ShapeShifter Lab, the event included an incredible exhibition “An n’ Ale”, recounting the 40-year artistic career of trailblazer Toto Bissainthe. Performances by Riva Précil, grammy-nominated Nathalie Joachim, and Talie performed in tribute to the artist.

With special guests Milena Sandler, exhibition curator and daughter of Toto Bissainthe, and musician Jöel Widmaier. Houseband: Monvelyno Alexis (guitar), Markus Schwartz (tanbou/haitian drum), Bobby Raymond (bass), Frederic Lasfargeas (piano), Hiroyuki Matsuura (percussion).

“Migration” by Madjeen Isaac

Announcing the unveiling of “Migration” a community mural by Haitian American artist Madjeen Isaac. The design visualizes the journey of immigrant residents to the Flatbush neighborhood and the ways in which they carry the legacy of their ancestors.

This beautiful mural was commissioned by Haiti Cultural Exchange with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Council Member Farah Louis, and in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art).


Haiti Cultural Exchange’s programs are made possible in part through funding support from Brooklyn Community Foundation, Con Edison, Ford Foundation, Humanities New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, Nonprofit Finance Fund, The Office of Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, The Office of Council Member Farah Louis and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and generous individual donors.

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to view our latest photo album. Click here to read about past HCX events.


About Our Programs

Our programs and services seek to support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues.

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