Sabine Bellevue is taking on the challenge of reinventing and preserving our local traditions.
In July, Mayor Bill DiBlasio announced that all public events, including the long-standing West Indian Day Parade, were cancelled. Rather than seeing this as another casualty of COVID-19, Bellevue, a Brooklyn native of Haitian descent, saw an opportunity to highlight local artists through a different lens.
Collaborating with award-winning composer and director Tyrik Washington, Bellevue hopes to uplift and educate the community about West Indian Culture and highlight amazing local artists and community leaders on a virtual platform. The piece will include interviews with Assemblyman Charles Barron, State Senator John Liu, and Democratic State Senate Candidate Jabari Brisport.
It will also feature the works of costume designer, Makesi Andrews (IG: @makesiandrews), makeup artist Vickie Sanchez (IG: @vicdoll), and performances by soca artist De Postman (IG: @depostmanmusic) and Phoenix Steel Orchestra.