Unless you want your Haitian card revoked at the next Haitians United™ meeting, I encourage every Haitian-American to attend a Big Night in Little Haiti event.
A cultural event held monthly every third Friday, Big Night In Little Haiti features authentic Haitian food, live music, art, and much more.
As soon as I arrived to Fete de la Musique, I was greeted by a hearty crowd of locals including Haitians, Haitian-Americans, non-Haitians, collegiate, art enthusiasts, and children.
Singer Stevy Mahy performed--while wearing the coolest earrings I've ever seen--songs from her “kreyol folk” catalog with a live band.
During the intimate venue, people either sung along with her, ate, drank, socialized, or networked.
And, were given the opportunity to channel her eclectic style, as she had a pop-up store featuring her colorful, oversized earrings that came in Clarissa Explains It All-approved patterns.
Another cool aspect of the venue? It featured traditional, medium-sized hand-held fans called evantay normally used at Haitian churches.
One side read in cursive script, “I’ve been to Little Haiti…What about you?” Now, I could truly say, “So have I.”
Inside, children indulged in face paintings and balloon animals, while adults took in artwork.
Through Donna Karan’s partnership with Discover Haiti Exhibition, the fashion designer curated Urban Zen, an exhibit that featured original pieces from Haitian artists like Philippe Dodard, Marie-Therese Dupoux, Jean Paul Sylviance, and Karine Faubert Villard just to name a few.
Metal made artwork were crafted in Croix des Bouquets and pieces made of smooth soap-stones were polished in Leogane.
The exhibit included wearable art like jeweled sandals and accessories from Pascale Theard; over-sized papier mache totes from Papier Mache by Caribbean Craft, and Donna Karan’s spring 2012 collection of curve-hugging midi dresses. The coolest part? The dresses were designed by Philippe Dodard and included his Caribbean iconography merged with modern art.
After acquiring a month’s worth of knowledge within the time span of four hours, I reached for a couple of pamphlets detailing LHCC's monthly events.
It’s comforting to know that at any given moment I can experience Haiti through one of LHCC's events, art exhibits, or workshops.
Did you attend Fete de la Musique? If so, share your experience!