Join Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) in kicking off its 2nd Biennial Selebrasyon!—New York City’s only festival dedicated to promoting Haitian arts and culture—on Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 2:00 until 8:00pm, at Affirmation Arts Gallery (located at 523 West 37th Street, New York, New York). [Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at door.] Here are some of the events:
Pop-Up Art Sale—2:00-6:00pm
Support Haiti Cultural Exchange by purchasing new and unique art created by Haitian and Haitian-American artists. All work has been donated and proceeds will benefit Haiti Cultural Exchange. Featuring the following artists: Amanacer (Emily Bauman), Patricia Brintle, Marlie Decopain, Denise Felix, Eric Girault, Shakespeare Guirand, Nathalie Jolivert, Rejin Leys, Tessa Mars, Valerie Noisette, Nadine Renazile, Gina Samson, and Didier William.
DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry Spinning—2:00-6:00pm
Born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Canada, and New Jersey, DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry, is a 30+ year veteran making it happen all over the clubs, mix tapes, internet, and television. Currently residing in Brooklyn, DJ Hard Hittin Harry entertains his audience blending unique styles of the latest and classic Hiphop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soca, Afrobeat, Haitian Kompas, Zouk, Kwaito, House, Techno, and much more.
Featured Performance: Jakobo & Akbadja Zile—6:00pm
Singer, percussionist, and bandleader Jean Dorce, known as “Jakobo” by friends and fans, founded his group, Akbadja Zile in 2012. The band brings World Beat to new vibrational levels by presenting fusion music based firmly in the spiritual traditions of rural Haiti to new audiences. Akbadja Zile’s emphasis on traditional Haitian rhythms such as Dahomey, Nago, Congo, and rara, is a wake-up call to Haitians both at home and in the diaspora, as well as to World Beat fans around the world.
Haitian Bites & Beverages—6:00-7:30pm
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Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.