Ayiti Rasanble

Lincoln Center Presents …. Heritage Sunday AYITI RASANBLE!

After our shenanigans in Bryant Park with Lauren (my jumping partner for the Jump File), Tyler and I walked over to Lincoln Center for the Ayiti Rasanble festival. Ayiti Rasanble, translated: Haiti Together, was part of Lincoln Center out of Doors events listed in Time Out New York. I seriously can’t express the joy I felt when I read about it a few weeks ago. As an ultimate representative of Haiti and avid supporter of Haitian arts and culture, I knew it was something I was not going to miss. The idea of watching traditional Haitian dancers perform right in my city made my heart jump to a rapid beat like the drumming of Ibo I was going to hear that day.

The dancers were all beautiful, strong Haitian women, wearing the vibrant carribean colors of Haiti with pride. The drums lifted me from my seat, and I danced amongst all my Haitian and non-Haitian friends despite my makeup melting under heat, and my dress transforming from a magenta hue to a deep purple due to my sweating profusely. I smiled at the older ladies stomping their feet to the drums, dancing with their eyes closed.

My favorite part was when Raram left the stage to form an actual Rara line just like they would in Haiti around Lincoln Center. Naturally, I joined the crowd of people and followed them while dancing in a line, letting the music take me, and pretending just for three minutes, I was in Haiti. Before I left, I noticed a little boy with his dad, holding the Haitian flag. I approached them to take a picture, and the little boy decided to wrap me in the flag. Ayiti Rasanble was one of my all time favorite events I’ve been to in New York City.

4 Comments on Ayiti Rasanble

  1. tifoli
    September 6, 2012 at 11:31 am (4 years ago)

    That is so funny. I actually saw you on my way out and thought I got to ask this lady where she got her head scarf! It was a very nice event

    • findingpaola
      September 6, 2012 at 11:40 am (4 years ago)

      That’s awesome! You should’ve approached me! I actually got it from forever 21. Hehe. I loved the event, I hope to go to more!

  2. KCHC
    August 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm (4 years ago)

    This is beautiful. i’m in NY and am Haitian and had no idea that this was going on. ARGH, maybe next time I’ll catch this.

    • findingpaola
      August 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm (4 years ago)

      It was so cool! You must go next time. I read Time Out magazine to find out about events like this.


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