Culture Briefs: Caribbean Carnival, Brooklyn Open and Stilt-Walking

August 21, 2014 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Join BRIC Arts and Media (647 Fulton Street) in Downtown Brooklyn for its latest exhibition, Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders. Transcommunality is an exhibition that documents the work of Mexican-born, New York based artist Laura Anderson Barbata, focusing on the decade-long project she pursued with stilt-walking communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Brooklyn.

Spanning from 17 feet tall to just 11 inches small, the 60+ works presented in the exhibition range from textile-based to sculptural objects, as well as photos, videos and visual projections that document the collaborative projects.

A traveling exhibition, this presentation of Transcommunality at BRIC is the inaugural showing in the United States, and is on display through Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit


The West Indian American Day Carnival Association will present the 47th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival in Crown Heights from Thursday, August 28 through Monday, September 1. The celebration, coming together in Caribbean pride and culture, will feature outdoor dance concerts, colorful carnival costumes, cultural cuisine and more – all culminating in WIADCA’s annual Caribbean Carnival Parade.

The party will begin on Thursday, August 28 with an inaugural presentation and “Woodstock” kick-off at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) at 7 p.m. followed by a number of events running through Labor Day, ending with the borough’s largest street parade and dance party on Eastern Parkway from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit


Join the Brooklyn Public Library at its Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) on Monday, September 8 for the Brooklyn Open. The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens as well as a safe space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices.

Run by youth for youth, the Brooklyn Open will take the stage at 5 p.m. in the Dweck Center. Each month features youth DJs and youth hosts as well as a monthly featured poet.

For more information on the free engagement, visit

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