Creole NYC

French-African is in West Africa, the Caribbean and New Orleans. Blues, jazz and rock have Creole roots.

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
“Fat Tuesday” is the end of Carnival before the pious Catholic fast of Lent

Saint John’s Eve or Festa Junina

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Hispanic countries
Celebrate midsummer (or midwinter) by gathering with family around bonfires on the eve of Saint John the Baptist’s birth

International Creole Day

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Celebrate the French-African culture of the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and the world that gave us jazz

West Indian Day Parade 2019 NYC’s Labor Day Carnival

Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
VIP Breakfast
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival

A Creole language is a distinct language formed by mixing two different languages. We have Creole languages in many places where there was colonialism.

Creole isn’t a race. It’s a French-African mix. Just as Criollos were the American-born families of Spanish colonizers, Creoles were the American-born families of French colonizers.

Creole culture is related to the French colony that became Haiti, the French Caribbean including Trinidad, and French New Orleans. There is no Creole country or people, but it is an important group because of the educational and social attainment of this community of color.

Creole families were educated as high-class citizens. Wouldn’t you give your children the best education you could give them? That is why jazz has a virtuosity to it. It didn’t just come up from the street. The Creole community participated actively in the classical European arts of music, dance, theater and literature. Creoles brought their classical music training to the blues.

This talented, educated and very capable community of color was torn apart by Jim Crow, the institutional racism that took over the United States, after the U.S. Civil War.

The Creole influence is still felt, even in New York, at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others.

Previously in Creole New York City

2019 New York Yankees made the American League Championship

Friday, Oct 18, 2019
Astros won last night 3-8. Series is Yankees 1-3 Astros. Yanks have to sweep the next three games to win. Let’s go Yankees!

Fall for Dance Festival

October 1-13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Four world-class companies / choreographers / dancers a night for just $15 is the best deal in dance at New York City Center

Chouk Bwa Haitian roots music

Saturday, November 16, 2019
PURCHASE, New York (White Plains) ~ Traditional Haitian folk music as part of ‘(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center

Haiti Alive is a rich blend of French African Haitian Creole culture

Friday, November 15, 2019
PURCHASE, New York ~ Discover the rich textures of Haitian music and dance in the jazz and classical arts at.'(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center

Dance Theatre of Harlem Sunday Matinée

Sunday, November 10, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The DTH School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Evidence bring ballet to the community at the Dance Theatre of Harlem studios

Boukman Eksperyans blends Haitian rhythms with rock and reggae

Thursday, August 29, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ One of Haiti’s most famous bands (Voudou Adjae) plays a free concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th Anniversary

Wed-Sat, Apr 10, 12, 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ New York City’s African-American classical ballet company honors founder Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018) at New York City Center

Leyla McCalla Haitian Creole songstress at Rubenstein Atrium

LINCOLN CENTER; Thu Apr 4, 2019; New Orleans Haitian Creole folk blues ~ In the simplest of terms, Leyla McCalla is on her way to becoming one of the great American voices. FREE