136-25 218th St
Organization: Braata Productions
Media Contact: Andrew Clarke, Executive Director
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone Number: (917)668-2209
Braata Productions presents their annual “Christmas Grand Market”—a Caribbean Christmas experience—on December 11th & 12th. This year’s event returns to an in-person format after going virtual last year due to the pandemic. The weekend-long celebration of the Caribbean’s rich Christmas traditions will take place on Saturday, December 11th in Brooklyn at the Holy Family Church – St. Laurence and Sunday, December 12th in Queens at Merrick Academy Charter School.
Braata’s Christmas Grand Market keeps alive the old, rural Jamaican Christmas tradition by showcasing authentic folk forms of fine and culinary arts, dancing, and music. Both days of the event will also feature a Jonkanoo parade. An integral part of the Grand Market experience, the Jonkanoo parade celebrates the Caribbean’s unique blend of African and European cultures through a procession of revelers depicting colonial-era characters including revolutionaries, subversive agitators, clever pranksters, and, of course, entertainers.
Both days of Christmas Grand Market festivities will include Caribbean food, crafts, and gifts from local vendors, live music and dancing, games, and prizes. Cultural exhibitions and storytelling performances will be on display to honor the Market’s heritage and provide historical context to the celebration.
Braata Productions’ Artistic Director, Karl O’Brian Williams, describes Christmas Grand Market as “the best time of the year because the Market has something for everyone—something to make you smile whether you’re an adult or a kid or an adult who’s a kid at heart.”
The Saturday market will open at 5:30 p.m. with a concert at 7 p.m featuring Dahlia Harris as MC with performances by the Chapman Brothers, the Braata Folk Singers, V.I.P (Visually-Impaired Professional) Kimiela “Candy” Isaacs and other special guests.
The Sunday market will open at 4:30 p.m. with a second concert featuring the same lineup at 6 p.m. For tickets and information about the show, visit Braata’s website www.braataproductions.org.
ABOUT BRAATA PRODUCTIONS
Braata Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists an opportunity and platform through which they can showcase their works and talents. The company was founded in 2009 to bring Caribbean folk culture, music movement, stories, artists, and theatre to the United States. Braata’s vision is to share the cultural and historical traditions of the Caribbean islands with the global arts community and to use those traditions to teach and inspire new generations to always reach for more. Braata Productions offers the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to educate and entertain people worldwide.