There are about a billion reasons why Big Night in Little Haiti was New Times’ 2012 pick for Best Festival, including collaborative street art projects, Rara Lakay’s vuvuzela parade, and museum-caliber art exhibits. This Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Little Ayiti comes together for a night of Caribbean arts as Haitian singer-songwriter Mikaben headlines this month’s festival. Kicking things off with some holiday jams, the Green Glades Elementary School choir will provide opening support while DJ Mack drops tunes between sets. All that plus “Global Caribbean IV,” an Art Basel-sanctioned exhibit curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié, the best Haitian food outside Port-au-Prince, and the genuine spirit of the island alive and thriving in the 305 — for the universally affordable price of free. But the Rhythm Foundation’s monthly celebration of La Perle des Antilles’ culture at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Ter., Miami) — as well as the vibrant neighborhood’s surrounding art galleries, studio spaces, and restaurants — would not be possible without the remarkably generous support of the Knight Foundation. The Rhythm Foundation was named one of 34 Knight Arts Challenge winners, earning a $120,000 grant to help Big Night in Little Haiti continue to grow.
Fri., Dec. 21, 6-10 p.m., 2012