An interview with Executive Director of the Haiti Cultural Exchange Regine Roumain covering the nonprofit’s mission and offerings to the NYC Haitian diaspora community, in addition to a preview of upcoming events sponsored by the organization.
Video and Story by Lilith Dorsey
Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn, NYC, is The Haiti Cultural Exchange. Founded by Regine Roumain in 2009, the nonprofit offers programs in all areas of Haitian culture, including the popular Haitian Film Festival, as well as programs in visual art, literature, performing arts, youth development, community building and more.
According to Roumain, the organization “tries to present the full spectrum of Haitian arts and culture, from traditional to contemporary.” The center also has a boutique, showcasing items from artists in the U.S. diaspora and Haiti. The boutique features an array of items, such as Haitian flags, wall veves, sculptures, books, t-shirts, etc.
Jan. 29 – “Lavi Miyò,” a dance performance and a conversation with Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship Recipient Veroneque F. Ignace. These events will focus on resistance and revolution as a tool to move through trauma.
Feb. 7 – “Revolisyon » will feature a staged reading by Haitian Diaspora artists from the book « Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work » by Edwidge Danticat; a tribute to « Manno Charlemagne » by Obed Jean-Louis & special guests, a panel discussion, and a film screening of the “Agronomist » by Jonathan Demme. The documentary follows the life of Jean Dominique, who ran Haiti’s first independent radio station, « Radio Haiti-Inter, » during multiple repressive regimes.
The Haitian Cultural Exchange is located at 558 St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, NYC. For more information, visit www.haiticulturalx.org.