Things To Do At The Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Little Haiti Cultural Complex

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By: Ashlee Thomas

With more than 100,000 visitors per year, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex is the heartbeat of downtown Little Haiti, giving guests the exciting chance to explore Haitian culture, language and cuisine. The architectural motif of downtown Little Haiti is distinguished by its vibrant colors and Caribbean design. Pastel blue, soft pink and ocean green buildings are outlined in brightly colored wood, reflecting the sunshine of the Caribbean. The Little Haiti Cultural Complex anchors the rich culture of Haiti for the Haitian diaspora abroad. Getting ready for a trip to explore the culture? Here are six things to do at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Some of these events may be postponed. Please check with the Little Haiti Cultural Complex for the most up-to-date event information.

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Find authentic Haitian food, gifts, and keepsakes at Caribbean Market Days

1. Caribbean Market Days | Saturdays | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Free

Each Saturday, merchants and artisans bring a taste of Haiti and the Caribbean to the Cultural Complex. Stop by Tigeorges Kafé inside the market for some fresh coffee and Haitian paté (a meat-filled morsel of doughy deliciousness). Try fresh salad made with the superfood watercress, fresh tomatoes and pikliz—a cultural staple in Haitian cuisine that spices up any meal. For fresh juices and the most creative gifts, Mimi’s Juice and Gift Shop is right next door. Try a soursop and ginger smoothie or fresh coconut water poured directly from the shell. Fill up on trinkets made by Haitian artisans to take home as gifts or keepsakes. Try something new every Saturday: from Konpa and Haitian folklore dancing to Haitian rum tasting, the Marketplace is a great way to start Saturday’s cultural excursions.

2. Sounds of Little Haiti | Third Friday of every month | 6 p.m. until late | Free

Some of the greats of Haitian music have graced the Cultural Complex Amphitheater stage thanks to Sounds of Little Haiti. These free musical events attract a multigenerational crowd of locals who love Haitian music. Knowledge of Kreyol (Creole) is not required to attend but expect to hear lots of the native language at this event. Enjoy food, crafts, drinks and live music by super acts like Wyclef Jean, T. Vice and KLASS, alongside emerging Haitian singers, dancers and poets. Entrance is free, parking is ample. Visitors are encouraged to bring cash for food and vendors.

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Learn the steps to historical Haitian dances

3. Delou African Dance & Drum Class | Sundays | 3-4 p.m. | $12-$15

For almost two decades, Delou African Dance Company has been serving the community with a deep-rooted commitment to share the beauty and history of West African drum and dance. For those who want to shake up their chakras and sweat to their hearts’ content, Delou’s dance class delivers. Whether beginners or advanced, participants are in for a treat for their feet. Drummers are welcome to bring their djembes and join the Drum Circle!

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See the sights, sounds, and colors of Little Haiti on a walking tour

4. Little Haiti Bus & Walking Tours | Saturdays | 10 a.m. &
3 p.m. | $15- $50

New on the scene, the Little Haiti Bus & Walking Tours are intimate guided excursions of downtown little Haiti and the culture that influenced the tapestry of the city. The tour begins and ends at the Cultural Complex. Themes range from exploring Haitian art, cuisine, religious practices in voodoo, the Haitian revolution, and the cause/effects of aggressive urban development in a hyperlocal space.

5. The Small Business Training Institute | Application Required | Dates & Times Vary | Free

For entrepreneurs, the Small Business training institute is a five-week, 10-session workshop to help businesses get ready to leverage their resources and create new revenue streams. The program is designed to service minority-owned business and is free to attend after being accepted into the program. Upon completion, alternative lending options are available to those interested in obtaining funding.

6. Learn Screen Printing | Wednesdays | 6-8 p.m. | $12/class or $50/5-week course

For creatives, sign up to learn the skill of screen printing. With guided instruction, participants will learn to create their own art and transfer it to clothing through the screen-print technique. The class caters to a small number of students to ensure quality training and creative attention for each participant. Call to reserve your spot!

Looking for more? Check out Libreri Mapou Bookstore or Piman Bouk Restaurant for a good read in Haitian Literature and authentic Haitian cuisine.

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