A woman holding the Haitian flag during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in April. Photo by Leonardo March for The Haitian Times

The Haitian Times have gathered a list of in-person and virtual events that are commemorating the 22nd year of Haitian Heritage Month. The Haitian Times itself will host a virtual community conversation on May 18 starting from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here’s a list of the events:

Saturday, May 1, 2021 11am-5pm

Opening Ceremony 12:30-1:30pm

Little Haiti Cultural Center    

Re-opening of the Caribbean markettypically, the event host leaders in the community as well as arts and social institutions. Refreshments are provided, and artist perform. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the guest list will be restricted to and the event will be broadcasted live on different social media platforms to increase participation opportunities. For more information, please visit here.

Every Saturday of the Month of May

Souke Kò Ou: Little Haiti Gets Fit

In an effort to bring awareness to these health issues in the community, LHCC will facilitate outdoor dance aerobics classes that feature Afro Caribbean music and themes. To learn more about this program, click here.

Saturday, May 8, 2021  11am-5pm         

Caribbean Market Day- Creole Culinary Classics Cook Off            

Little Haiti Cultural Center

Two award-winning celebrity chefs will be invited to the LHCC to have a cook off featuring Haitian culinary classic dishes. An award will be provided to the winning chef. Local Haitian American influencers will be invited to judge the competition. The event will be broadcasted live on social media platforms. As an Added bonus, we will also facilitate our wellness program “Little Haiti Gets Fit”. For more, visit this link.

Saturday, May 8, 2021   1-2:30pm 

Local Global – Open Gallery: Virtual Artist Talks

Virtual – Live on IG

Join Marie Vickles, curator of Local Global, as she talks live with a selection of featured artists from the exhibition as they discuss their artwork, and what inspires them to create. This program starts with an overview of the exhibition at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex gallery with local artists joining in on live IG discussions from their studios. To learn more, click here.

Thursday, May 13, 2021  6:30-7:30pm              

Pale Kreyól! / Speak Kreyól! : Learn the basics of Haitian Kreyol

Virtual – Webinar via Zoom

This virtual session is designed to introduce the Kreyól language to beginners or refresh your memory if you have not been practicing enough! No experience is necessary to participate. Just bring yourself and something to take notes with for writing exercises. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 15, 2021   11am-5pm                    

Caribbean Market Day-Haitian Heritage Brunch and Awards      

Little Haiti Cultural Center

The LHCC was host its traditional Caribbean Market Day with local vendors and live entertainment. As an Added bonus, we will also facilitate our wellness program “Little Haiti Gets Fit”. To learn more, click here.

Sunday, May 16, 2021 11am

Little Haiti Book Festival 2021

Creole, Creolish: Regionalisms in Haitian Creole with Professor Jean-Robert Placide and Professor Yvon Lamour.

Includes special segments with artist Morel Doucet and Haitian-American lifestyle, tourism, culture, society and entertainment blog L’Union Suite. Click here to watch the event.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021   11am-1pm

Haitian Flag Day Celebration     

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard/Virtual     

May 18 celebrates the birth and history of Haitian flag In Haiti and worldwide. The LHCC will facilitate a celebration to commemorate the flag of Haiti as well as a contribution of Haiti has made to birth democracies across the globe. To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 3pm

Treasure Coast Cultural Festival Inc.

May 18th Driving Parade

Starting point: 1851 N US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

End point: 9221, SE Event Center Place, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Best decorated car wins $100

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2pm-10pm

Treasure Coast Cultural Festival Inc. in collaboration with Giramoun d’Haiti

Haitian Flag Day Festival: Ladies Takeover

Guest artists: Darline Desca, Rutshelle Guillaume, Femme a la Guitare and local artists

Location: 9221, SE Event Center Place, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Friday, May 21, 2021   7pm-12am                         

Sounds of Little Haiti 7th Anniversary   

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard

Virtual   Sounds of Little Haiti will celebrate its seventh birthday on the third Friday of the month at the cultural center. A local band and a welding down band will perform in the LHCC courtyard. In person guest will be limited to 100 people depending on COVID restrictions. Reservation required. Mask Required. For reservation visit the website for contact details.

Saturday, May 22, 2021  11am-5pm                         

Caribbean Market Day- Conversation With HAPC         

Little Haiti Cultural Center

The LHCC was host its traditional Caribbean Market Day with local vendors and live entertainment. The conversation will be broadcasted live on social media platforms. As an Added bonus, we will also facilitate our wellness program “Little Haiti Gets Fit”. Visit here for additional information.

Sunday, May 23, 2021 11am

Little Haiti Book Festival 2021

Gray Areas: Human Relations and Critical Thinking in the Era of Social Media with researcher Herve Fanini-Lemoine and Haitian radio and TV personality Carel Pedre.

Moderated by Myrtha Wroy, M.S. Includes special segments with artist Vanessa Charlot and Haitian radio personality Elizabeth Guerin from Island TV. Click here to watch the event.

Sunday, May 23, 2021  1-4PM

Local Global Lime – Artist Talks, Performances and Open Studios

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard/ Virtual   

Join us for an afternoon of free flowing conversations, performances and more as we celebrate Haitian Heritage month and all that Haiti has inspired in the Caribbean and beyond.  Talks with artists, performances and open studios on the campus of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and adjacent cultural partners of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and IPC Art Space provide the perfect setting for an inspired afternoon of art and culture. Click here to visit.

Featured exhibitions include “Local Global” in the gallery at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex curated by Marie Vickles that is presented in tandem with a large-scale outdoor exhibition “Contemporary Visual Expression”, curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié. This exhibition represent the twelfth year of partnership between the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance presenting the internationally recognized “Global/Borderless Caribbean” program. 

Digital Brochure: bit.ly/GBCXII-V1

Little Haiti Cultural Complex: https://www.miamigov.com/LHCC

Global Borderless Caribbean Digital Brochure: https://bit.ly/GBCXII-V1

Local Global Exhibition: http://bit.ly/LocalGlobalHCAA

Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance: http://bit.ly/GlobalBorderlessHCAAXII 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021  11-1pm

Little Haiti 7th Birthday Party- Children’s Day    

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard     

Little Haiti will celebrate its 5th birthday as officially being named a heritage neighborhood in the City of Miami. City of Miami officials will be invited to make a presentation at the cultural center as well as rename some of the buildings and rooms at the cultural center for either Sponsor organizations or historical figures. Children from the community will be invited to participate in a story telling activity and will receive a creole/English book

Thursday, May 27, 2021    6:30-7:30pm              

Pale Kreyól! / Speak Kreyól! : Learn the basics of Haitian Kreyol

Virtual – Webinar via Zoom

This virtual session is designed to introduce the Kreyól language to beginners or refresh your memory if you have not been practicing enough! No experience is necessary to participate.  Just bring yourself and something to take notes with for writing exercises. 

Friday, May 28, 2021     

Traditional Haitian Dance Workshop: Nancy St Leger Dance Ensemble 6:30pm-8:00pm

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard/ Virtual   

Lovers of Haitian Dance will participate in a masterclass. They can participate from home at the LHCC via Facebook or YouTube

Friday, May 28, 2021  7pm-11pm

Big Laughs in Little Haiti              

Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard     

Haitian-American Comedians will grace the LHCC‘s stage in the court yard for a night of laughs.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Caribbean Market Day- Creole Couture

Little Haiti Cultural Center

The LHCC was host its traditional Caribbean Market Day with local vendors and live entertainment. Haitian and Couture and Fashion has evolved over the years. Haitian fashion designers will be invited to produce a spectacular fashion show in the courtyard of the LHCC. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase clothes and accessories at the event. Attendance will be limited due to COVID-19. 

Sunday, May 30, 2021 11am

Little Haiti Book Festival 2021

Taptap Krik? Krak!

Books and music for families. Storytelling with Muriel Johnson, Jude Joseph, Charlot Lucien, and Paula C. Pean. Books with Angie Bell, Tico Armand, Danielle Joseph, OliGa, and Imane Kernizan. Music with Inez Barlatier. Cooking with Nadege Fleurimond. Hosted by Mahalia Solages.  Includes a special segment with the Haitian Ladies Network. Click here to watch the event.

NEW JERSEY

Sunday, May 16, 2021 3pm

Charnette Frederic Civic Association Inc., Ring the Bell for the Community

Irvington Honoring the Haitian Flag Day

Hosted by Lener L. Pyrrhus and Paul El Sadate. The event will be held at 40th St. Park in Irvington, NJ. It will also be available for viewing via Guy Wewe Radio A‘s YouTube page.

BROOKLYN, NY

Saturday, May 15, 2021  12pm – 6pm 

Ayiti nou la toujou is inviting you to celebrate Haitian Heritage month and Flag day with lots of Haitian artists, history, music, performance, arts, activities, food vendors and more.

Saturday, May 15, 2021   4pm – 7pm

Selebrasyon

Haiti Cultural Xchange honoring Haitian Community Organizations on the Frontlines of the Pandemic: Diaspora Community Services

Haitian American Nurses Association of Greater New York

Haitian Americans United for Progress

Haitian Community Coalition

Featuring Music by Mozayik, New York’s premiere Haitian jazz ensemble.

Advance registration is required to attend this free event.

Saturday, May 15, 2021, starting 7:00 PM –

NY Konpa dance-a-thon

Haitian flag weekend party- Dance series created by Bev flowers.

Price: $20 – $25

Tuesday, May 18, 2021  1pm – 2pm

Haitian Times Community Conversation

“Unity in the community: Can we uphold ‘l’union fait la force’ in 2021 and beyond?”

With Wyclef Jean, Garry Pierre-Pierre and more.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021  7pm – 9pm

New York State Occupational Therapy Association

Colors of Haiti: Sip and Paint Virtual Event

Register here: https://www.nysota.org/event/sip-and-paint

Tuesday, May 18, 2021  11am – 1pm

Haitian-American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization

Haitian Flag Day

Guest speakers: Chief Rodney Harrison

Professor Evelyn Julmisse

Assembly member Bichotte

Location: Corner of Jean-Jacques Dessalines Blvd and Newkirk Ave

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