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RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival
The Humanist Hall
Oakland, CA
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RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival
The word Rasanble, in Haitian Kreyol, means "to gather" or "to assemble." Our goal is to gather dancers, musicians, community leaders, scholars, activists, dance and music educators, linguists, cultural and food enthusiasts and supporters of Haiti to CELEBRATE make VISIBLE and INFORM participants of the rich cultural traditions that are the foundation of Haitian culture.

Join Rara Tou Limen as we open RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival with "Reverence," an evening honoring Vodou, folkloric dance, song and traditional Haitian rhythms. Featuring Rara Tou Limen Dance Company, RTL Kanaval Group '12, and Manbo Ladeesse De La Mer.

Vodou Presentation/Q&A
[Honoring Our Ancestors]

What is Haitian Vodou? How is it practiced? Learn about Haiti's rich spiritual tradition and the importance of the dance and it's relation to Haitian life and culture.

Presenter: La Deesse De La Mer, Manbo Asogwe
Sosyete La Deesse De La Mer Vodou Temple, Haiti

La Deesse De La Mar began practicing Vodou in 1996. She was initiated in 2004, and became a Mambo Asogwe. In 2007 she established her own Society, La Deesse De La Mer Vodou Temple, located in Lacul, Leogane. Her spiritual name La Deesse De La Mer, was given to her by the Sea Goddess herself, La Sirene. Her non Vanyan is Apredye Sipote Bon Mambo. La Deesse continues to serve her Ancestors and Lwa with love and respect. Her mission is to teach, serve and help all pitit Ginen.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES - Regina "Califa" Calloway

Regina "Califa" Calloway maintains a duo role in her community presenting, creating/producing meaningful ARTS-building projects, initiatives & programs highlighting Dance cultures of the Congo, Brasilian Cuba, Haiti, Coastal Peru and West Africa, while maintaining consistent study of these forms and their cultural histories.    

For a complete schedule of RASANBLE! offerings, please visit



The Humanist Hall (View)
390 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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