Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Celebrations Around South Florida

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You don’t have to be Haitian to appreciate the vibrancy, heritage, and proud history of Haitian culture. Throughout the month of Miami, dozens of special events and cultural activities take place around South Florida In celebration of Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. From music festivals, Haitian art, and foodie events, there’s a diversity of events for people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in appreciation of Haitian culture.

It’s widely known that Haiti is the first free black Republic in the Western Hemisphere when it gained its independence from the French in 1804. However, many don’t know that Haiti’s independence was a major contributor to the freeing of black slaves in the U.S., the Louisiana Purchase that doubled the size of the U.S., and battle at Savannah, and even as the founder of Chicago by Haitian, Jean Point du Sable. Haiti is black history, and it’s American history and the month of May is a reminder of its contribution to the world.

Haitian Heritage Month Opening Reception
Saturday, May 2, 6PM – 9PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Miami-Adde Country Chairman Jean Monestime and City of Miami Vice-Chairman Keon Hardemon celebrates Haitian Heritage Month in a reception with local community leaders. Semi-formal attire. RSVP at (35) 250-5390 or via email at ccruz@miamigov.com.

Zakafest
212 NE 59th Terr, 1PM – 11PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr, Miami

The rich culture, tradition and often untold history of the Haitian people celebrates the Haiti’s music, art and dance with a free family event. From 1pm to 4:30 pm there will be workshops in Haitian folklore dance and Afro-Cuban dance. Performances start at 4:30 p.m.

Conversation With…Commissioner Keon Hardemon
Friday, May 8, 8PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5927 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Purforce, Northeast 2nd Ave Partnership, and the Little Haiti Culturual Complex presents a monthly networking conversation series with a community leader. This month’s conversation is with Commissioner Hardemon.

North Miami’s Haitian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 6PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St

The City of North Miami presents its Haitian Heritage Month opening ceremony with a panel discussion on the Haitian flag’s origin and significance.

3rd Annual Taste of Haiti
Saturday, May 9, 2PM – 10PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) Plaza, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, the City of North Miami, and the Haitian Culinary Alliance in collaboration with the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce presents a cultural fest with a focus on Haiti, her beauty, treasures, and people. Features kid’s corner, dominion competition, music & entertainment, chef cook off, and arts & crafts. Free admission with food and beverage on sale.

Haitian Flag Day Celebration
Wednesday, May 13, 11AM – 1PM – Miami Dade College North Campus, Lehman Theatre Room 5120, 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami | Miami Dade College Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, Atrium, 6300 NW 7th Ave

Both Miami Dade College’s North and Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial campus commemorates Haitian Flag Day. This year’s theme, Caribbean Reunification: Strengthening Our Nation, highlights the Caribbean island’s cultural traditions, strength of its people, legacy, and its unique role in bringing the Caribbean region together. The event will include a keynote address by Ms. Dotie Joseph, President of the Haitian Lawyers Association and Deputy City Attorney of the City of North Miami Beach, at the North Campus and keynote address by Consul General of Haiti, Mr. Guy Francois, at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Educational Center. Light Refreshments will be served on a first come, first served basis to MDC students.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration with Special Coordinator for Haiti
Thursday, May 14, 6PM – 8:30PM – Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Haitian Americans for Progress, and the Haitian Heritage Museum presents a conversation and mix-n-mingle with local Haitian Diasporas. The featured guest will be Thomas C. Adams, Special Coordinator for Haiti, US Department of State. Wine and refreshments will be served. RSVP at rsvp@haccof.com.

Black & White Gala Celebrating Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La
Friday, May 15, 6PM – Port of Miami, Terminal J, 1015 N America Way, Miami

Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La celebrates its 15th anniversary in recognition of its impact in this community. Cocktail reception: 6pm; Program: 7pm. Tickets $150 per person, $1,500 per table. RSVP at altar@santala.org.

Big Night in Little Haiti
Friday, May 15 (Every 3rd Friday), 6PM – 9PM, Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr

This month’s Big Night in Little Haiti celebrates Haitian Heritage Month with Anbyans on stage, one of the most popular young konpa bands today. Opening up the night is the exquisite vocal ensemble Zetwal Kreyòl. There will also be a dance competition by top local Haitian Student Organization konpa dance teams and “glow-in-the-dark” science experiments and programming. DJ Mack spins between sets, delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s, art exhibit in the gallery, and a hands on art studio for kids. This event is fun for the entire family with art activities for kids, Haitian cuisine for sale, after party  across the street from 10pm to midnight at the Caribbean Marketplace with the late night Moshka Roots live reggae party across the street at 7th Circuit Studios. Free and open to the public.

Haitian Compas Festival Kick-off party
Friday, May 15, 10PM – Club Space, 34 NE 11th St, Downtown Miami

The annual kick-off party for the biggest annual Haitian festival in Miami features Klass, Nu Look, Carimi, and T-Vice.

Haitian History Bee – Preliminary Competition
Friday, May 15, 3:30PM – 6PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr

Students square off in the preliminary competition to test their knowledge on Haitian history and its contribution to the Americas.

17th Annual Haitian Compas Festival
Saturday, May 16, 3PM – Sunlife Stadium, 2267 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

This annual music festival celebrating Haitian Heritage Month has grown larger and is now at Sunlife Stadium and features the biggest artists and Haitian music including: Djakout #1, T-Vice, CaRiMi, Nu Look, Klass, Disip, Anbyans, Team Lobey, Kanpech, K-Zino, Gabel, Kaysha, Admiral T, Princess Lover and Kreyol La as well as DJ’s from around the globe including, Gardy Girault, Tony Mix, Power Mixx, Nicky Mixx, and the Untouchables. The Haitian Compas Festival weekend has continuously been an experience that begins as early as Friday and lasts until the wee hours of Monday morning the next week. Kick-off parties attract hundreds of music lovers and the after parties are the perfect ending to a fabulous weekend packed with all the fun, entertainment, music and excitement anyone could ask. For ticket info, visit compasfestival.net.

Battle of the DJ’s – Compas Fest After Party
Saturday, May 16, 10PM – Moca Cafe & Lounge, 738 NE 125th St, North Miami

F
eatures DJ battles with DJ Super Duke, DJ Gardy, DJ Franky, and DJ Noside.

North Miami Flag Day Cultural Night
Monday, May 18, 6PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St

The City of North Miami celebrations the Haitian flag and it’s significance in a flag day celebration with dance, music and dramatic performances.

Haitian Compas Festival Close Out Party
Monday, May 18, 10PM – Moca Cafe & Lounge, 738 NE 125th St, North Miami


Haitian Caribbean Book Fair Kick Off Reception
Saturday, May 23, 6PM – 10PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr

A reception and lecture kicks off the book fair honoring Haitian authors Edwidge Danticat, Gérard Férère and Bernard Deiderich.

3rd Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair
Sunday, May 24, 10AM – 6PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, NE 2nd Ave between NE 59th St & 59th Terr

The Cultural section of the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, the Executive Board of Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc. and Mapou Cultural Center presents a literary event featuring Haitian authors as well as French/Creole writers from the Caribbean living in Miami-Dade: St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, France, and Canada. Activities for children and adults include: meet the authors, storytelling, magic show, puppet show, music, face painting, delicious treats, and many artistic presentations. Free and open to the public.

4th Annual Haitian History Bee Championship
Wednesday, May 27, 11AM – 2PM – Board of County Commissioners Chamber, 111 NW 1st St, 2nd FL, Miami

The competition comes to a close as students square off to test their knowledge on Haitian history.

Jazz at MOCA: The Creole Jazz Project
Friday, May 29, 8PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St, North Miami

The monthly last Fridays jazz under the stars presents a Haitian Heritage month jazz performance by The Creole Jazz Project. Bring your picnic baskets and launch chair for an evening of smooth sounds. Free.

Poetry Night
Friday, May 29, 7PM – Little Haiti Thrift Store & Gift Store, 5865 NE 2nd Ave

Northeast Second Ave Partnership presents a night of poetry.


Haitian art will be on display at the following locations throughout the month of May:

Stephen P. Clark Center (in the lobby)
111 NW 1st St

Haitian Heritage Museum
4141 NE 2nd Ave

Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th St

Port of Miami
1015 N American Way

Center for Haitian Studies
645 NE 127 St, North Miami

Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
5000 Biscayne Blvd

 

 

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