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Upcoming Events

May 2022

Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Children’s Alley
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

CREATE! KIDS ART-MAKING STUDIO

There will be ART! Visit the KIDS ART-MAKING STUDIO all day for hands-on arts and craft activities with GO GO MOAD and renowned Haitian artist Asser Saint-Val. Born in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Asser Saint-Val is a South Florida-based multi-disciplinary artist, painter, sculptor, installation artist, graphic designer and musician. He has had several solo and group shows throughout South Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee as well as in cities such as New York, Washington, DC, Fort Myers, Boca Raton. Internationally, Saint-Val has exhibited in Argentina and throughout the Caribbean including Haiti;…

Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Courtyard
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Haitian music with DJ Nicky Mix

All day / Haitian music with DJ Nicky Mix, one of the most famous Haitian DJs of the diaspora; DJ Nicky Mix was the host for Radio Carnivale, the first Haitian Radio Station in the United States, and a TV host for HTN, also the first Haitian TV Station in the United States.…

Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

MADAN SARA: A FILM SCREENING

In Haiti, The women known as Madan Sara work tirelessly to buy, distribute, and sell food and other essentials in markets throughout the country. Despite the obstacles faced by the women working in a sector that lacks investment, infrastructure and state assistance, the Madan Sara continue to be one of the most critical parts of the Haitian economy, and of who we are as a country. The Madan Sara are on the forefront of the battle for a more robust and inclusive economy in Haiti. …

Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Dance Studio
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

MEDITATION AND YOGA FOR KIDS

Kids can join Alexandra Jeanty-Leclerc, Mindful Art educator and author of Mindful Pokie, for a meaningful meditation and yoga session. Alexandra has brought Mindful Kids Miami (MKM) to Little Haiti because she feels that it provides a set of tools all teachers everywhere should acquire. She has completed MTTP and MBSR classes with MKM a few years ago and has supported the organization as a volunteer. She implements mindfulness in her classrooms and has developed Mindful-Art classes in Little Haiti where all children who participate learn about living the now,…

Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Courtyard
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Dance Performance with Tradisyon Lakou Lakay

Dance Performance with Tradisyon Lakou Lakay, a community organization dedicated to helping children discover their hidden talents through arts-based educational programs including instruction in dance, drumming, creative writing, computer literacy, performance, Haitian Creole, and more. Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Yanui borrows from the Caribbean, African and Spanish Folkloric dances that influence Haitian dance. Get ready to flow through the soulful sounds of drums, prose, and rhythmic footsteps!…

Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Children’s Alley
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

EDWIDGE DANTICAT AND M.J. FIEVRE PRESENT MAMA LOVE

Edwidge Danticat’s My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn’t feeling well. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat’s rich and lyrical text envelops the reader in the security of a mother’s love, while debut illustrator Shannon Wright’s vibrant art infuses the story with even more warmth. With M.J. Fievre’s The Ocean Lives There, our little ones experience the adventures of a young girl who discovers her mama’s Haitian culture through a magical red-blue door.…

Sunday, May 1 @ 1:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Courtyard
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Storytelling with Liliane Nerette Louis

Storytelling with Liliane Nerette Louis, a Haitian folk artist specializing in storytelling, cooking, and traditional medicine. She grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where her mother told her stories in Haitian Creole. As she grew older, Liliane shared these stories with her younger siblings and later with her own children. After settling in Miami in 1977, she began a long career of storytelling presentations and cooking demonstrations at festivals, schools, and other events.…

Sunday, May 1 @ 1:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Children’s Alley
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

LEARN! CHILDREN’S RHYTHM & DRUMS WITH YANUI

The founder and choreographer of Tradisyon Lakou Lakay, Yanui borrows from the Caribbean, African and Spanish Folkloric dances that influence Haitian dance. Children will explore traditional Haitian customs in a fun and interactive way, flowing through the soulful sounds of drums, prose, and rhythmic footsteps!…

Sunday, May 1 @ 1:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Auditorium
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

VODOU AT THE CROSSROADS OF KNOWLEDGE

This presentation by Dr. Jerry M. Gilles aims to explain how Vodou songs and dances were used by Africans in the “West Indies” as a tool to educate their children about their homeland on the West Coast of Africa. The songs also documented their aspirations in the Americas, composed in the context of how they viewed the universe and their role in it. It will be vital to explain certain African traditional concepts before we can interpret key songs. This approach will allow us to appreciate numerous Haitian proverbs,…

Sunday, May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Courtyard
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Dance Performance with NSL Dance Ensemble

Dance Performance with NSL Dance Ensemble, a performance collective founded by Nancy St Leger and dedicated to the preservation of authentic Haitian folkloric dance. NSL dancers perform a wide variety of dances originating from Haiti’s long history of independence, pride, and cultural wealth. The dancers’ bright, beautiful costumes combined with their bold, energetic dance movements transform any room into a stage. …

Sunday, May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Children’s Alley
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

MARLEINE BASTIEN PRESENTS THE ADVENTURES OF ANGELINA

The Adventures of Angelina is the story of a Haitian family who arrives on the “land of the free” in a DPM-Kantè. The book celebrates Haitian art, history, and culture, and introduces the values that contribute to a peaceful and harmonious society. In Angelina in the Land of the Free, the main character models resilience, determination, and the ability to face challenges (including bullying) with tenacity. Marleine Bastien offers some powerful lessons, which are tremendously important in today’s world. …

Sunday, May 1 @ 2:30 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Children’s Alley
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

PARTICIPATE! KRIK? KRAK! STORIES OF HAITI

Liliane Nérette Louis is a Haitian folk artist specializing in storytelling, cooking, and traditional medicine. She grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where her mother told her stories in Haitian Creole. As she grew older, Liliane shared these stories with her younger siblings and later with her own children. After settling in Miami in 1977, she began a long career of storytelling presentations and cooking demonstrations at festivals, schools, and other events. Liliane is a former master artist in the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program,…

Sunday, May 1 @ 4:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Courtyard
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Roots music with Rara Lakay

Roots music with Rara Lakay — Enjoy a live percussion-based performance by Rara Lakay as you embrace Haitian life and culture. …

Sunday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed

A Celebration of the 100th birthday of two Haitian literary masters: Jacques Stephen Alexis and Émile Célestin Mégie with Arnold Antonin, Marc Exavier, Angelucci Manigat, and Lyonel Trouillot

This year, we celebrate in memoriam the 100th birthday of two Haitian literary masters: Jacques Stephen Alexis and Émile Célestin Mégie. More than just a brilliant intellectual, Alexis was also an active participant in the social and political debates of his time; born in April 1922, he’s believed to have been killed by the regime of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier. Born in October 1922,  Mégie (also known as “Togiram”) was a journalist, writer, poet, and novelist. A defender of the Haitian Creole language since the 1940s,…

Sunday, May 15 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed

The Sounds of Joy and Pain: A New Understanding of Traditional Haitian Music, Konpa, and Rap Kreyòl with M. Mushy Widmaier, Georgio Léon-Émile, and Ed Rainer Sainvil

For a long time, the term “Haitian music” mostly referred to several styles, including roots music and konpa. In the past few years, however, rap kreyòl and reggae have gained in popularity, with artists using these genres to denounce the injustices that exist in the country. This panel answers the question: With so many influences from other countries, what is the future of Haitian music? With Haitian jazz musician, composer and arranger Mushy Widmaier; musicologist and author of Tambours Frappés,

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Past Events

November 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Afro-Caribbean Men: Stories of Triumph & Empowerment Part I

In his memoir Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming, Antonio Michael Downing (Trinidad) traces the arc, through loss and displacement, of his search for identity, from a boy in a tiny village in the tropical forests of Trinidad raised by his religious grandmother, to becoming a “Saga Boy” – a West Indian playboy archetype – living in Canada. As a 14-year-old, Marlon Peterson (Trinidad) suffered terrible violence. At 19 he was involved in a violent crime himself and served seven years in prison as a result.…

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Afro-Caribbean Men: Stories of Triumph & Empowerment Part II

First published in French in 1996, later published in English, revised and augmented in 1999, Patrick Lemoine’s (Haiti) Fort-Dimanche, Fort-La-Mort/Fort Dimanche, Dungeon of Death is a poignant testimony of his years spent in the jails of Fort-Dimanche under the regime of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. It bears witness to the extraordinary capacity of a man to face adversity and horror while fighting to maintain his dignity. Moderated by author M.J. Fievre, ReadCaribbean coordinator. In English with Haitian Creole subtitles.…

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Getting Haiti Out of the Crisis

In Batailles électorales et crises politiques en Haïti (1807-1957)/Electoral Battles and Political Crises in Haiti (1807-1957)(C3Editions), historian Victor “Master Ben” Benoît traces the political and social vulnerability of a country in the chokehold of political crises and electoral battles, starting with its independence in 1804 and ending with President François “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s ascent to power in 1957. In Dans l’enfer du parlement/In the Hell of Parliament, Jerry Tardieu – congressman for the district of Petion-Ville, Haiti,…

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Modern Caribbean Fiction: Power, Disaster & Rebirth

In her debut How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel, Cherie S.A. Jones (Barbados) tells a story of four people in Barbados, each with their own tale of violence – as victims or perpetrators – who are desperate to escape their legacy of bloodshed in a so-called “paradise.” Myriam J. A. Chancy’s (Haiti) What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel recounts the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, delivering both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.…

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Virtual Pachanga: The Middle-Grade Fantasy Edition

In Chantel Acevedo’s Muse Squad #2: The Mystery of the Tenth, Callie is finally getting the hang of being one of the nine muses of Greek mythology, when she gets news of an unprecedented tenth. In Donna Barba Higuera’s The Last Cuentista, Petra wakes on a new planet, the only person who remembers the Earth, which was destroyed by a comet centuries ago. Malicious spirits, witchy grandmothers, and curse reversals are just the job for Claribel A.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Room 8503 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

In Conversation: On What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel

Myriam J. A. Chancy‘s What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel recounts the aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, delivering both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. Moderated by Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D., professor at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development. This event requires a ticket for admission. All in-person events at MBF 2021 will require a ticket for entry. Tickets will be available to Friends of the Fair October 18 and to the general public November 3.…

Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Room 8106 (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

In Conversation: On Rastafari in the 21st Century: What Life has Taught I&I – Volume I

In Rastafari In The 21st Century – What Life Has Taught I&I: Volume One: Tribute to the Rastafari Elders, co-authors Douglas Smith and I. Jabulani Tafari present the previously unwritten history of the first generation of Rastafari elders. The book is a literary tribute, as many of those elders are transitioning on to become ancestors, and their stories are already starting to fade from the collective memory of the people of Jamaica and the world. This event requires a ticket for admission.…

Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

Bunkmates, Besties, Boyfriends: Three Irresistible Romances

In Sarah Dass’ Where the Rhythm Takes You, Reyna’s childhood best friend and first love comes roaring back into her life as a VIP guest at her family’s seaside resort in Tobago. A Brazilian teen pop star’s public image takes a dive after a messy public breakup – until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend in Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins. In Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe,…

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Livestreamed

In Conversation: On Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile

In Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile, Michael J. Bustamante, Ph.D., associate professor and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, argues that Cubans’ battles over the past helped shape the course of Cuban history itself. Beyond the polarized vision seemingly set in stone today – the revolution as deliverance from inequality versus paradise lost – there might be a more inclusive national narrative. Moderated by John Gutierrez,…

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