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Ayiti Experimental | Recap


Ayiti eXperimental

On Thursday, June 6th at Dumbo Loft, HCX and our gorgeous supporters launched our 10-year anniversary celebration with a supper club & afterparty. The event was hosted by Riva Précil with live performances by Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Melanie Charles and Haiti-based guitarist/singer BIC Tizon Difè. Award-winning author Ibi Zoboi offered reflections on the significance of this historic landmark for the organization. DJ Jephté Guillaume played Haitian Afro Tech that kept us on our feet late into the evening evening’s afterparty.

Special thanks to our caterers, the iconic GrandChamps and bar sponsor Clairin The Spirit Of Haiti, who brought some delicious rhum cocktails and tastings from their collection.

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Kafou Mizik

On Saturday, June 8th at Shapeshifter Lab, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted an evening of live musical performances spanning generations and genres followed by a conversation with these renowned artists. Performers included Talie, BIC Tizon Difè, & Wooly Saint Louis Jean with a discussion curated by Lakou Nou artist Jonathan Michel.

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Banm On Ti Limyé

On Sunday, June 9th at Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden Haiti Cultural Exchange presented Haiti-based artist Wooly Saint Louis Jean who joined us for a special posthumous tribute to Manno Charlemagne, a Haitian political folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Guests artists included Haiti based singer/songwriter BIC Tizon Dife, Talie, and Bohio Music.

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Bat Tanbou

On Saturday, June 15th at 3pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted Bat Tanbou, a Drumming Circle & Performance at Hillel Plaza. Passersby joined for an afternoon of traditional Haitian drumming in the heart of Little Haiti BK featuring Okai Fleurimont and friends!

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On Thursday, June 13th at FiveMyles Gallery, at 4pm Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted an Open Gallery Conversations & Libations with visual artist, Pascale Monnin.  Monnin took over the HCX space to create FLASH, an installation of paintings, sculptures and curiosities. Works were available for sale, a portion of proceeds benefiting HCX.

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On Sunday, June 16th  the installation of works by Pascale Monnin, FLASH, continued at FiveMyles Gallery, which featured a discussion led by vidual artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier.

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Haiti Film Fest Pop Up

On Sunday, June 23rd at Westbrook Memorial Garden at 6pm Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Haiti Film Fest Pop Up featuring Film Screenings & Ann Pale. The event was held in partnership with Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, featuring experimental shorts & a feature length film. Attendees enjoyed film screenings in the garden, popcorn and beer!

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Pop up Shop

On Thursday, June 20th & Friday, June 21st at Byas & Leon at 6pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Boutik and Pop Up Shop . Shoppers enjoyed small bites prepared by Lakou NOU artist Chef Day while they shopped ethical and sustainable apparel from Byas & Leon, candles made from all natural Haitian vetiver from Vetiver Les Cayes, and home décor items crafted by Haitian artisans from Bien Abyé.

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1804 Dance Performance

On Friday, June 28th at FiveMyles Galleryat 6pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted “1804,” a Dance Performance & Ann Pale featuring Haitian dancer and choreographer Jean-Aurel Maurice.Mauriceperformed the world premiere of his work 1804 exploring the events leading up to Haiti’s independence and held a discussion about the creation of this piece, and his work in Haiti, with Riva Précil.

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Master Class

On Saturday, June 29th at Gibney Dance at 1pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Master Haitian Contemporary Dance Class taught by Jean-Aurel Maurice with live drumming accompaniment. Participants learned various traditional rhythms and dances as well as accompanying songs.

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Ayiti eXperimental Dance Performance & Ann Pale curated by André Zachery

On Sunday, June 30th at Westbrook Memorial Garden at 3pm, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted a Dance Performance & Ann Pale curated by André Zachery featuring André Zachery, Tara Nicolas, Nubian Nene, & Jean Sebastien with live soundscape by Val Jeanty.

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The Ayiti eXperimenal Closing Night party was held at Westbrook Memorial Garden on Sunday, June 30that 5pm featuring Val Jeanty & Brother High Rara Band. Guests enjoyed an array of seasonal fruits curated by Lakou Nou artist Chef Day along with cocktails made with Clairin The Spirit Of Haiti.

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