Ole Time Grand Market, the Caribbean Christmas celebration

Festive Fever will take Over Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, December 11, 2016

The festive fever is already in the air and is set to take over Brooklyn on Sunday, December 11 when Braata Productions will celebrate its Fourth Annual Ole Time Grand Market at the Holy Family Church Auditorium, 9719 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Gates open at 4:30 pm and the concert will begin at 5:00 pm.

The event generally referred to as Christmas Market or Grand Market is a tradition that dates back many centuries in the island of Jamaica.  Braata’s Ole Time Grand Market brings all the fun and excitement that is characteristic of this annual Christmas tradition, adding some extra flavor with the inclusion of a number of other Caribbean islands. Patrons can expect an immersive experience with food and craft vendors showcasing traditional fare from their native islands as well as a special Caribbean Christmas themed exhibit highlighting in a colorful and interactive display what Christmas in the Caribbean used to be like and continues to be like in some places.

The highlight of the day will be the cultural performance which Braata Productions has come to be known for. The nonprofit performing arts organization prides itself in always showcasing the best of Jamaican folk culture and by extension the wider Caribbean and this concert line up is no different. This year’s concert will include the award winning Braata Folk Singers, powerhouse songstress Ophelia Carter from Jamaica, Smax Music representing Haiti, GAMAE Garifuna Performing Arts Company representing St. Vincent & the Grenadines by way of Belize, Kizzy’s Playhouse with traditions from Trinidad and Tobago plus balladeer Andrew Clarke.

“It was important in sharing the Caribbean Christmas experience that we including the entire region. Even though Grand Market is traditionally a Jamaican experience, we can learn from Braata’s Ole Time Grand Market that there is so much that connects us as people of African descent living in these different islands. Therefore, celebrations like this help to bring to the fore the many things we share in common while enlightening us to other things of significance that we may not be aware of,” Founder of Braata Productions & Festival Producer Andrew Clarke noted.

Another feature of the evening that many patrons have come to enjoy is the parade of a traditional Jonkanno Band. To round out the evening’s activities, there will be a Christmas cake eating contest, Christmas family portrait photography, the popular Kiddies Christmas grab bag and health screenings by the Caribbean Nurses Group.

To learn more about Braata Productions or to purchase tickets for Ole Time Grand Market visit www.braataproductions.org

Ole Time Grand Market, the Caribbean Christmas celebration



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