About the festival
DRUMS. TAROT. MARKEt. ART. After party.
Brooklyn Brujeria is an evolving project of Chiquita Brujita. Founded in 2015 as an act of resistance and performance art, it has grown to include the production of an annual public drumming, market, and joy-raiser — Brooklyn Brujeria: The Festival.
In response to the atrocities impacting immigrant, refugee, and asylum seekers both near and far from Brooklyn, this year’s festival will honor the strength and resilience of Brooklyn’s immigrant youth, with proceeds benefiting a local grassroots non-profit organization.
The Festival is broken up into three parts:
A Day of Brooklyn Brujeria
Saturday, September 14th
FREE / All Ages / Rain or Shine
A Day of
Sunday September 15th.
Various locations across Brooklyn,
Explore Brooklyn’s healing spaces + apothecaries via workshops, classes + special events. Check schedules for each site. Fees and advance registration may apply.
Drums call. Whether to gather for joy, resistance, mourning, or healing, drums unite spirits through vibration.
Honoring the power and diversity of Brooklyn’s immigrants, and the music that heals us, the Festival will feature three drumming performances and DJS playing sets inspired by ancestral rhythms.
Magic Makers Market
Bruja-preneurship is an art.
The Festival’s Magic Makers Market will feature local apothecaries, micro-botanicas, and wellness focused brands and artists.
Clothing + Accessories
Bombazo Wear, Desert Flower Designers, Jam and Rico, Luni Style, La Newyorkilla, + Smiley Goods.
Wellness + apothecary
Beauty from the Garden, Bread x Butta, Brujita Skincare, Nature Freak, + Sense the Experience.
Crystals, Candles, Brujeria
Chiquita Brujita, Hell Notes for Beauty, Soul Things Botanica, Ultraviolet NYC.
Cards by De, The Homegirl Box, NuevaYorkinos, Ser Paraiso, + Human Head Records.
tarot + astro
Oracle Readings. Tarot Cards. Astrology Charts.
Whether a magic novice or experienced practitioner, sitting for a divination reading is always an excellent source of clarity and guidance. Come get a reading* under the bridge.
(Exchange rates vary)*
POets + Artists
Installations. Spoken Word. Interactive stations.
Art is the deepest kind of magic.
Jennifer Celestin is a writer, performer, and facilitator. She has performed at numerous venues in New York City, including the Bowery Poetry Club and Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and BRIC Arts Media. An EMERGENYC performance fellow and a three-time attendee of the National Book Foundation's Summer Writing Camps, Jennifer has performed and facilitated workshops outside of the US in Montreal and Haiti. Her writings have been included in the City Lore Anthology of Haitian poetry, Label Me Latina/o, Akashicbooks.com, No, Dear Magazine, The Hawai'i Review, and la Revue Trois/Cent/Soixante.
Follow Jennifer Celestin on Instagram @jayword_sayword
Savage the Poet
Savage The Poet is a Nuyorican Poet/ Rapper born and raised out of Brooklyn NY. In love with words and the effect poetry has to change and uplift human emotion, his poems ripple off influences like Big Pun, The Notorious BIG, and Pedro Pietri. Savage’s writing is inspired by Afro-Latino Spirituality, poverty, women, and the everyday forces of nature. The flawed yet perfect blend of poetic beauty and raw emotion…he is also known as the hood’s preacher and therapist.
Follow Savage the Poet on Instagram @savagethepoet
A project of Healing Queen, Santa Perversa is an interactive altar-installation that encourages visitors to pin their love petitions to the dress of la Santa.
Boris Bernard is a NYC-Based street artist and master screenprinter.
Working with the mediums of wheat paste and collage, his recent work has included taking Chiquita Brujita to the streets.
Gabriela Maria Corretjer Contreras
Gabriela Maria Corretjer Contreras (1995, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a New York based artist who utilizes textiles and performance as a way of imagining a future for a society with an “identity crisis”. Themes of colonialism, mass migration, and collective memory are explored by synthesizing lived experiences, retracing family history, and creating stream-of-consciousness clothing, objects, characters, and spaces in imaginary futures.
Llevatelo To’ No Me Deje Na is an interactive installation. Juxtaposing the artist’s various personal experiences of performing to colonial expectations of Puerto Rican identity while living in the diaspora, the installation explores the history of invasion and exploitation of Puerto Rico. Through the use of clothing and objects in the installation, memories are used to reconstruct an absent history and identity.
tHE aFTER pARTY
Because it’s Saturday Night.
Join us for an evening of more drums and magic as the festival takes over local tap house Colony 274. Featuring a live performance by Strings N Skins, DJ sets from Riobamba + Sunny Cheeba, and a late-night kitchen. + Photobooth.
Advance tickets available now. 100% of party proceeds will be donated to support Brooklyn’s immigrant youth.
Advance ticket donation // $12.
DAY OF DECOLONIZED WELLNESS
Explore Brooklyn’s healing spaces + apothecaries via workshops, classes + special events.
Check schedules for each site. Fees and advance registration may apply.