Haitian Culture Night: Wed., May 15, 2024: 6:00-8:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, May 15, 2024: 6:00-8:00pm at the Malden Public Library for our first Haitian Culture Night filled with Haitian art, poetry, music, language, and food.

Our featured guests include Haitian artists, Professor Joel Renfort and Martine Renfort, the poet Eudrelle G. Alexis Saint-Amand, Dean of Community, Culture and Equity, Malden Catholic and emcee for the night, Erga Pierrette, and a very special performance by Haitian singer and international performer, ADA.

Professor Joel Renfort, State University of Haiti (UEH) and Martine Renfort will talk about their artwork from Realism to Surrealism and about their Caribbean Artists Group, MAKÒS Art. In addition to their canvas paintings, the Renforts also paint on clothing (shirts, t-shirts, hats, etc.), on bottles, on bags, and wood. Joel and Martine Renfort will be exhibiting some of their artwork inside the main reading room of the Library during the month of May.

Poet and Malden Catholic student, Eudrelle G. Alexis Saint-Amand, will read her original poetry in Haitian-Creole and English. Eudrelle describes herself as a polyglot who is fluent in four languages and understands five languages. She started writing poetry when she was in the third grade. Her poetry is powerful and not to be missed.

Erga Pierrette (MSW, LCSW) is the Dean of Community, Culture and Equity at Malden Catholic and will read a piece about Haitian culture and emcee the event. Erga is well-known in the Malden community for her dedication to social justice issues and community organizing.

ADA (ADA Ayiti) was born in Paris, France to Haitian parents and has performed throughout Haiti, Miami, and the world. She sings in French, Haitian-Creole, and English and will be performing some of her favorite songs. Her performance is not to be missed.

On Haitian Culture Night we will have some samples of popular Haitian foods and you can start  learning Haitian-Creole with one of our language apps. Also, you can check out some books in Haitian-Creole for kids and adults and learn a little bit about Haiti and the country’s interesting historical connection to Malden, Massachusetts.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends Of The Malden Public Library. Thank you Friends! Everyone is welcome to join us at this all-ages event. We look forward to seeing you there!