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Performance festival to commemorate the Haitian Revolution: Bwa Kayiman Encounters in the Heart of Liberation: performances, readings, discussions, screenings, concerts, DJ sets, from 11 to 13 August 2023 at the House of World Cultures (HKW).

In an overdue commemoration of the Haitian Revolution (August 1791-January 1804), a historical cornerstone of emancipatory movements around the world, HKW is hosting a weekend of performances, lectures, celebrations, rituals and food for body and soul to delve into the history and interrelatedness and acts of liberation movements. 

With the Haitian Revolution, the enslaved people of Saint-Domingue, led by Toussaint l'Overture, succeeded in abolishing slavery, ending French control of the colony and establishing an independent state.

The festival refers to the Bwa Kayiman gathering held in a forested area in 1791 under the leadership of hougan Dutty Boukman and mambo Cécile Fatiman, when people of African descent came together to take their destiny into their own hands to invoke the Haitian Revolution, thus launching the struggle for freedom as a never-ending and ever-expanding political practice.

The weekend kicks off a series that will commemorate Bwa Kayiman annually from now on-to celebrate freedom, justice and self-determination.

The programme organises the encounters as a performative event, as a way of trying out the "other way (Otherwise)" that produces an epistemology based on interconnectedness and solidarity.

Additional information
  • Day tickets and more information on Bwa Kayiman's programmes can be found here.
  • Single tickets for the events are available at the box office.