The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in “El Barrio” East Harlem, preserves and promotes the culture of the African Diaspora ~ the entire African Diaspora.
As a Puerto Rican, this is the New York City institution that feels the most like home. It’s the only place we know that teaches Caribbean Lucumí (Yoruba) traditions in an institutional setting. It’s a small organization that is very well connected with NYC’s leading cultural institutions and NYC government.
If you want to connect with our ancestors, this is the place, a very special place. Ashé.
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Our Afrifemme Heritage
Enjoy an Afrifemme family afternoon of art therapy, fashion design, and Bomba Puertorriqueña by Bombazo Dance Co, for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) at The Shabazz Center in Washington Heights, on Sat, Mar 12 from 1-5pm. Free with registration. 🇵🇷 cccadi.org
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) Tickets
If you can’t attend, the CCCADI preserves many past events as YouTube videos on their web.
120 East 125th St
(between Lexington & Park)
“El Barrio” East Harlem, Manhattan
(4)(5)(6) to 125th St
Walk 1/2 a block west towards the Park Avenue elevated train
Support the CCCADI
As one of New York City’s leading Afro-Caribbean organizations for over 40 years, the CCCADI deserves your support.
In addition to their own cultural programs, CCCADI leaders helps program events at other New York institutions including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. When we have a Caribbean problem we can’t solve on our own, this is who we turn to. It’s a small organization, but their impact is big.
In 2008, New York City government chose the CCCADI to develop the old East Harlem firehouse (1889) into a community cultural center.
Even in the Caribbean, our culture is slowly disappearing, but it lives on at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in El Barrio East Harlem, New York City.
Past Caribbean Cultural Center Programs
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Rumba and Timba live at Harlem Stage (with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) in Manhattanville, Harlem on Fri-Sat, Feb 11-12 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇨🇺
Activists Ash-Lee Henderson and Julien Terrel discuss how Rev. Dr. King’s vision was inspired by decolonization struggles in Mother Africa, the Caribbean and South America, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in Harlem, on Thu, Jan 13 at 7pm. cccadi.org
Lucumí Babalawos (priests) discuss what the Cuban Letter of the Year foretells about 2022 on Thu, Jan 6 at 6:30pm. FREE. cccadi.org 🇨🇺
Elegance Bratton discusses his documentary film “Pier Kids” (2019) with Major Nesby on cccadi.org Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 6pm ET. 🏳️🌈 FREE
This is real New York. Back in the day, coming out often meant getting thrown out of your family home. Homeless LGBTQ+ kids found a place to live in the abandoned West Side piers. That’s why the West Village and Chelsea became LGBTQ+ neighborhoods. The movie premiered at the DOC NYC film festival.
In the spirit of Juneteenth, Aja Monet rhymes over musical undertones by Cvgebird on cccadi.org on June 19, 2021 at 7pm ET. FREE
CCCADI closes its digital exhibition “On Protest and Mourning” in discussion with photographer Nadia Alexis (What Endures), curator Zainab Floyd, and exhibition curator Grace Aneiza Ali at cccadi.org on June 24, 2021 at 6pm ET. FREE
HARLEM ART PARK
El Barrio, East Harlem
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Ends June 30, 2021
FOLEY SQUARE Civic Center, NYC
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 2-8pm
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Part 1, June 30, 2020
Part 2, July 7, 2020
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) YouTube & Facebook channels
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 2020
CARIBBEAN CULTURAL CENTER AFRICAN DIASPORA INSTITUTE
El Barrio, East Harlem
Oba Frank Bell leads a webinar on Integral Plants & Herbs in Afro-Cuban Orisha & Palo Traditions. FREE
Sunday, August 18, 2019
EAST HARLEM ART PARK, NYC
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. At Harlem Stage
LINCOLN CENTER & PREGONES THEATER, Sat-Sun, Aug 4-5, 2018 ~ La Casita gives voice to the poetry and music of our communities
See you at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). ¡WEPA!