Have you ever experienced J’Ouvert, the pre-dawn procession from dark to light before the West Indian Day parade? Come learn about this exciting Caribbean tradition in Brooklyn on August 19th from 2-5 p.m. at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library. We’ll kick off with a session in the Dweck Auditorium on the history of steelpan and ole mas in Trinidad J’Ouvert and a chat with pan and mas artists.  Then we’ll head upstairs and outside to experience the music and dance in all its pulsating colors — steelbands, rhythm bands, mas bands, and stick play. Make your own mask, join a procession and dance to the top Caribbean bands of Brooklyn!


  • Kutters
  • Legend Stars
  • Oil Downers
  • La Troupe Zetwal
  • Something Positive, Inc.


Photo by Keith Getter (c) 2017. "The Engine Room: J'Ouvert Sounds On The Road from Night to Day”

Presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Public Library, The Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music and the Caribbean Studies Program at Brooklyn College, J’Ouvert City International, and Something Positive Inc.

This program is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant and is made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council; and the Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office. Major foundation and corporate support is provided by TD Bank.


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