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 on August 25th from 1-5pm at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch. We’ll kick off the celebration with a conversation with artists and activists about the history of steelpan movement-- how it traveled from Trinidad, Harlem, and to Brooklyn--and finally, where it is going. Then we'll head upstairs and outside to experience the music and dance in all its pulsating colors — steelbands, rhythm bands, mas bands, and limbo. Make your own mask, join a procession, and dance to Brooklyn’s top Caribbean bands!
This program is 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. With curatorial assistance by Mervyn Taylor and Keith Getter.
Photo credit: Anna Mulé