Wednesday, Feb 20, 5-6 PM

Panel Discussion: Haitian Vodou Traditions with HaitiaNOLA and Krewe du Kanaval

New Orleans Museum of Art
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1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA

In conjunction with the exhibition Bondye: Between and Beyond, two New Orleans-based groups with gather to discuss Haitian Vodou traditions and their influence on Carnival in the Caribbean island. ABOUT HAITIANOLA HaitiaNOLA was founded by Lori Martineau, a Haitian-American artist and educator, and her partner, Linda Reno, an American photographer. The pair share an affinity for artists and cultural bearers in general, but with a special love for Haitians and New Orleanians. The desire to contribute to the progress and success of artists and cultural bearers, while sharing knowledge of the deep historical, spiritual and cultural connections between both locations serves as the foundational ideology of Haitianola. ABOUT KREWE DU KANAVAL Although the historical relationship between Haiti and New Orleans dates back for more than two hundred years, Krewe du Kanaval’s conception can be traced back to 2015, when Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, brought members of Preservation Hall to Haiti. Their experiences planted the seeds of a Mardi Gras krewe to celebrate the shared connections between the two cultures. “Wherever I go in New Orleans I feel Haiti,” says Chassagne. “The music I hear, the food I taste, the colors, the movement, the spirit of the city. Our krewe aims to celebrate and strengthen this deep bond.”