te yu e bori yu brafu
sabi san yu e poti na ini
na yu srefi na a fosi tesiman since you will be the first to taste
Elfriede Baarn – Dijksteel
Charl Landvreugd and Iris Kensmil invite you to:
No sdon na bakra sturu (do not sit on the white man’s chair)
Homage to Elfriede Baarn – Dijksteel
Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel was the President of the social and cultural society NAKS, Na Afrikan Kulturu fu Sranan (The African Culture of Suriname). The 63 year old institution advocates, self-awareness and the celebration of heritage of people of Afro-Surinamese descent. Under Elfriede Baarn – Dijksteel’s visionary leadership NAKS emerged as the prime institute cultivating and promoting African heritage in Suriname, especially amongst youngsters.
She viewed knowledge of self and respect of one’s own tools to gain empowerment, confidence and build thriving communities.
Elfriede strongly believed that Suriname’s cultural diversity and its history should be leveraged as an asset, in economic and social development.
Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel passed away on February 1, 2010.
You are cordially invited to celebrate the spirit of Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel, as well as a lineage of other wise man and women who dedicated their lives to the emancipation of the black people
In an installation of Iris Kensmil and Charl Landvreugd, poems of
Elfriede Baarn – Dijksteel and selected others will be read accompanied by ancestral drums.
As a guest you are invited to bring a (small) symbolic gift like you would bring in your own
culture to pay tribute to the deceased The present will become part of the installation.
The newly published book of poetry by Elfriede Baarn–Dijksteel will be available.
Location: 6-8 months space, 265 West 37th St. @18th. New York
date: Saturday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Special thanks to Jennifer Baarn.