Garifuna Dance Company To Perform at 2016 International Day of Friendship Celebration in Brooklyn on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016

 

 

Brooklyn, New York — New York City based Garifuna Folkloric Dance Company, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York (also known as The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Dance Company) will be performing at the 2016 International Day of Friendship Celebration at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016.

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In it’s Third year, The 2016 International Day of Friendship is presented and sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams.  As envisioned by Mr. Adams, The Third Annual International Day of Friendship is a way for Americans to celebrate their unique cultural heritage and ethnicity.  He specifically writes about the concept of Hyphenated Americans and that recognizing the cultural differences in various Americans isn’t necessarily divisive.  In fact, Mr. Eric L. Adams feels it serves as a bridge to American identity.

2016 International Day of Friendship Celebration on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016 in Downtown Brooklyn.

2016 International Day of Friendship Celebration on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016 in Downtown Brooklyn.

The International Day of Friendship will take place on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016 at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.  It will take playe from 1pm to 5pm.  It begins with a Unity Parade of Flags from Fulton Mall beginning at Flatbush Avenue to Cadman Plaza at Brooklyn Borough Hall beginning at 1pm.

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The Unity Parade of Flags will feature flags representing 195 different countries.  Dancers, drummers and even stilt walkers will be a part of this Unity Parade of Flags.  After the parade, representatives from each country will hold hands and form a human link around Columbus Circle Park in Downtown Brooklyn.

From 2:30pm to 5pm, there will be a series of Cultural Performances by various cultural performing arts groups. Activities, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos and Magicians will also be present to broaden the scope of activities of this family event.

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At 3pm, there will also be A Taste of International Cuisine, where FREE tastings of International Cuisine.

The 2016 International Day of Friendship will end with a sing-along of the classic song, “We Are The World”.

(VIDEO) 2015 International Day of Friendship.

The International Day of Friendship will take place on SUNDAY, August 7th 2016 at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.  It will take playe from 1pm to 5pm.  It begins with a Unity Parade of Flags from Fulton Mall beginning at Flatbush Avenue to Cadman Plaza at Brooklyn Borough Hall beginning at 1pm.

This performance is the latest high-profile presentation by The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York.  On SUNDAY, July 24th 2016, They performed at Lincoln Center as a part of it’s Heritage Sunday concert as part of it’s 2016 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival.  I do not know when this Garifuna Dance Company is scheduled to perform.

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

Transportation to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Trains: # 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, R trains to Borough Hall or Court Street

Buses: B25, B26, B38, B41, B52 and B103.

 

About The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Founded in 2009 by Honduran Garifuna Felix Gamboa Valentin and Honduran Yeny Estrada, the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York showcases Garifuna Dance and Music with the expressed goal of keeping Traditional Garifuna culture alive.  This Garifuna Dance Company is named after St. Vincentian Garifuna Warrior, Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was killed leading resistance against the British in war in 1795.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Dance Company at Lincoln Center on SUNDAY, July 24th 2016. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Dance Company at Lincoln Center on SUNDAY, July 24th 2016. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.  

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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