Haiti Cultural Exchange Announces “Selebrasyon!”

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Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX), a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, has announced “Selebrasyon!”—a large-scale festival of Haitian arts and culture. The festival will take place from May 18 to June 30, 2014.  

Selebrasyon! will kick off on Haitian Flag Day, as part of Haitian Heritage Month, at Parkside and Ocean Avenues with a free outdoor celebration of Haitian culture with live music, crafts, food, and dance workshops. The kick-off event will be followed by six weeks of programming showcasing Haitian arts in the diaspora and from Haiti.  Highlights of the festival include open studio tours, a commissioned installation by visual artist Engels at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights, a performance by Grammy-nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, and the U.S. Premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire and Nitze Mathelier followed by a tribute performance to renowned vocalists Toto Bissainthe, Martha Jean-Claude and Lumane Casimir.

Selebrasyon! Calendar of Events (still in subject to additions)

Selebrasyon! Opening Night—Saturday, May 17, FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Place | Brooklyn, New York; Join us for a special evening of support for Selebrasyon! featuring performances by Brown Rice Family and poet Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, an art installation unveiling by Engels, a culinary demonstration and hors d’oeuvres, a special kick off toast, exclusive raffle prizes, and more…

Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!—Sunday, May 18, Parkside Plaza | Ocean Ave & Parkside Ave on Prospect Park | Brooklyn, New York; A free outdoor celebration of Haitian culture with live music, crafts, food, and dance workshops. Music by DJ Sabine Blaizin with co-hosts poet Mr Jeff Dess, Elsie Saint-Louis of HAUP, and Carine Jocelyn of Diaspora Community Services.

‘An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Haiti-based singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun—Friday, May 23, FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Place | Brooklyn, New York; Join 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.

Lacaye HCX @ BAM | DanceAfrica—Saturday, May 24, Lacaye Restaurant | 35 Lafayette Avenue | Brooklyn, New York; HCX and Lacaye Restaurant team up at DanceAfrica for a special day of community fun with live music, Phoenix Refined (NYC’s 1st Haitian masquerade camp), and drink specials!

La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere, Panel Discussion & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir—Saturday, May 31, ShapeShifter Lab | 18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, New York; The premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

Creativity Unleashed | Adult Workshop—Saturday, June 7, FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Place | Brooklyn, New York; Creativity Unleashed will offer individuals hands-on workshops led by Haitian and Haitian-American artists. Using both traditional and artist-developed techniques, participants will create original works and gain first-hand knowledge from artists about their craft.

Lirik Ayiti: Rasin/Chimen—Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes, Sunday, June 8, Bowery Poetry Club | 308 Bowery | New York, New York; Join us for a night of spoken word where writers, poets, and artists come together to share Haitian stories and poems about their New York Haitian-American experiences.

Atis Angaje Forum—Wednesday, June 11, Brecht Forum | 388 Atlantic Avenue | Brooklyn, New York; Artists of the “Atis Angaje” movement will discuss their experiences and political work during the Duvalier regime.

Mutation X062 | Installation & performance by Haiti-based artist Maksaens Denis—Friday, June 20, FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Place | Brooklyn, New York; Experimental digital and performance artist, Maksaens Denis will perform Mutation X0, and discuss his career while sharing his digital media technique.

HCX | Open Studios Tour—Sundays from May 25 – June 22, Various Locations; View new works and pieces by visiting the creative studios of Haitian and Haitian-American artists for an intimate opportunity to discuss their career, style, and inspiration.

Krik? Krak! Storytelling & Songs—This free family program is sure to entertain kids as well as their parents with classic Haitian tales. Storytelling will be led by Haitian authors, performers and musicians whose dramatic retellings will incite a love of Haitian myth and color children’s dreams with wonder.

For more information on Selebrasyon! and sponsorship opportunities please visit http://haiticulturalx.org/selebrasyon or contact Régine M. Roumain, Executive Director, Haiti Cultural Exchange at 347-565-4429 or via email at regine@haiticulturalx.org.

 

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