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Crown Heights to Host First Caribbean Culture Symposium

A new Caribbean celebration is coming to Brooklyn, just in time to for the winter.
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The Crow Hill Theater in Crown Heights will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Symposium. Photo: Google Maps.

 The first Caribbean Dance, Music and Culture Symposium is coming to Crown Heights, reports MSN.

On Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, the symposium will bring together practitioners of Caribbean culture from across the country to spread knowledge about the rich historical roots of Caribbean practices.

The event kicks off at the Crown Hill Theater at 750 Nostrand Ave., with an African dance ensemble, led by Persephone Dacosta, followed by an opening ceremony and fete.

And, through a series of classes, workshops and panel discussions at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, the symposium will focus the cultures and histories of Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The dance and music workshops include Jamaican folk dance, Kompa, Trinidad folk dance and song, and Ivory Coast drum, among many others. Lectures and panels will cover topics like costume design and construction, Jamaican music and culture, the history of steel pan and the evolution of Picong, Calypso and Soca.

This is the first year of what organizers hope will become an annual celebration. This symposium looks like it should have something for everyone. To purchase tickets, click here.