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A celebration of Haiti

5/15/2014, 5:03 p.m.
On May 17, Community2Community will celebrate Caribbean culture during its fourth annual Hope and a Future: A Celebration of Haiti ...
Ayiti Marche features a variety of delectable Haitian dishes and treats. Photos courtesy of Community2Community)

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International recording artist BelO

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Numerous exhibitors and vendors offering a variety of products and services participated.

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Ayiti Marche also features a variety of handcrafted items.

On Saturday, May 17, Community2Community, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit 301C, will celebrate Caribbean culture during its fourth annual Hope and a Future: A Celebration of Haiti event. The family-friendly affair will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on the campus of the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. It will include the annual Ayiti Marche (Haitian Kreyol for “open market”) which will bring local, national and international businesses and organizations together for a cultural exchange of information, services and products that are catered to the Caribbean and surrounding communities.

At this family-friendly event, attendees will have an opportunity to partake in the tastes and sounds of Haiti while exploring the country’s rich artistic and cultural contributions through various artisans and exhibitors. Festive Haitian music, raffles, giveaways and other activities will also take place throughout the day.

At 2 p.m., Community2Community invites the entire family to join them for “The Story of the Trees,” a multimedia theatrical experience depicting the reforestation initiative of the C2C Haiti Restoration and Transformation Pilot Project. The cast of artists include international Haitian musician BelO, Haitian jazz ensemble Mozayik, Brooklyn dance troupe Francine E. Ott/The Walk, the Christian Cultural Center’s Performing Arts Department and Haitian child prodigy Mabou. This compelling story weaves music and culture to make a case for environmental protection and self-sufficiency.

The C2C Ayiti Marche is free and open to the public. Tickets for “The Story of the Trees” start at $15. To participate as an artisan in the C2C Ayiti Marche or purchase tickets for “The Story of the Trees,” visit bitly.com/C2CHAAF14 or call 718-393-7740.

Community2Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization whose vision is to create self-sufficient communities by working with the community.