May is National Haitian Heritage Month, a truly magnificent time for Haitian-Americans across the greater Miami area to honor their heritage and culture. Once again, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex is hosting myriad events including Sounds of Little Haiti, Mother’s Day Celebration, Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch, and the Caribbean Market Day that runs all month long.
Haitian Heritage Month is also a time to recognize the City of Miami’s Haitian community has made significant contributions to this city’s prosperity and to its growth.
The Little Haiti Cultural District is renowned as a happening, culturally-expressive place. Steeped in the complex and rich cultural histories of the Afro-Caribbean immigrants who brought life to its area, Little Haiti has evolved into a colorful beacon in Miami’s arts communities. Throughout the years, small businesses such as celebrated record stores, kitsch bars, and authentic eateries have emerged as staples in the neighborhood, creating their own particular patchwork within Miami’s already distinct Little Haiti.
The hub of this vibrant community is the iconic Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC) – designed to present and preserve Afro-Caribbean cultures‚ inspire the next generation of leaders, and leverage arts and culture as tools for positive transformation and sustainable community building. Within the complex is the Caribbean Marketplace, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the original artwork, music, fashion, and food that makes Haitian culture so magnetic.
“We are excited to join in celebrating Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. The Little Haiti Cultural Complex plays a vital role in promoting the community of Little Haiti,” says Commissioner Keon Hardemon, District 5.
As part of the Attractions & Museum’s Temptations programming, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a social-media giveaway for seats on the Tap Tap Tour at the LHCC on Haitian Flag Day, Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m.
On this day, the LHCC will be activated as well with The Chefs of the Caribbean brunch in the Marketplace, vendors, and a live band on the stage. The Market Day activation will extend to the plaza and courtyard, and include dance classes taught by KOTR, a stilt walker, and carnival games by All Star Events.
The Little Haiti Cultural Complex is a participating member of the Attractions & Museum’s Temptations programming. Patrons will be able to get $10 off all Tap Tap tours through the month of May by using code GMCVB10 on their EventBrite registration link.
The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) Multicultural Tourism Department joins in the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. As part of their Multicultural Tourism & Development initiatives, they are sponsors of Sounds of Little Haiti Music Festival on Friday.
“Haitian Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month for celebration and awareness of the Haitian heritage, diaspora, and current events,” says Connie Kinnard, VP of Multicultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to collaborate with many organizations and events to help showcase the richness of the Haitian culture to residents and visitors.”
The following events allowing guests to immerse themselves in Haitian and Caribbean culture, take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC):
- Friday, May 17
6 – 11 p.m. (Free)
SOUNDS OF LITTLE HAITI HAITIAN FLAG DAY CELEBRATION, LHCC
- Saturday, May 18
CHEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN CELEBRITY BRUNCH HAITIAN FLAG DAY EDITION, Caribbean Marketplace, LHCC Courtyard, 5925 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137
- Saturday, May 18
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Free)
BEAUTIFICATION IN TI AYITI KLEAN STREET KLEAN MIND, meet-up location at LHCC
- Saturday, May 18
7 – 10 p.m. (Free)
COMMUNITY CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS: THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF-DEFENSE, LHCC
- Monday, May 20
5 p.m. – Midnight (Ticketed)
3rd ANNUAL DJ-FEST INTERNATIONAL, LHCC
For information, visit www.littlehaiticulturalcenter.com or call 305-960-2969.