On April 7, the Kréol West Indies gallery-museum located in Saint-François (Guadeloupe) organized the 13th edition of its “Night in the Museum” with the theme “Urban Massaï”. A loyal and delighted audience attended this meeting of a new kind on the island where all the arts can express themselves.
This cultural event which usually takes place every 2 or 3 months, once again brought together several talents in various disciplines. Nathalie Ninine (soprano singer) performed a lyrical work; Chantaléa Commin (multidisciplinary artist) proposed two 15-minute films of “experimental cinema”; Nadine Brune R (multidisciplinary artist) expressed herself through a very colourful installation; Ebenkéla (multidisciplinary artist) shared his thoughts in a slam and offered the audience a very original and fun “Jump” session where it was not necessary to be great athletes to jump up really high in the air contrary to what the photos show; François Piquet with his large sculptures – called “Fanswa Dèwò” – decorated the outside of Kréol West Indies; as for Max Fontes (double bassist), Jocelyn Ménard (saxophonist), Raymond Grégo (drummer) and Lionel Benbanaste (keyboardist), they gathered in an exceptional quartet for a jazz concert.
An enthusiastic audience
The 200 or so people attending the evening were also able to visit contemporary works of art by artists who live in Guadeloupe, such as Jean-Marc Hunt, Félie-Line Lucol, Aya N’Da, Hélène Valenzuela, Catherine Plugiesi-Conti, Rosy Auguste, Yves Bercion, Kitsimi, Benito, Yeswoo, Piaf, Bruno Berton and those by international artists, without forgetting the permanent collection of heritage objects.
In order to democratize this cultural evening at the gallery-museum, the admission is 10.00 euros, a prize giving access to the concert, the performances and the bar. Specialties of Indian cooking are also offered… “We have been organizing “Night in the Museum” for almost 3 years and the audience always responds to our invitation. It’s probably because it’s a multidisciplinary artistic meeting and it places great emphasis on the living arts. We also have followers – which is fine – because others venues organise now the same type of event in Guadeloupe… Given the success of “Night in the Museum”, we may be obliged to organize it more often but it takes a lot of work because it is necessary, among other things, to find a theme and artists that are available at that time”, says Vincent Nicaudie, the creator of the event and director of the Kréol West Indies gallery-museum.