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Winter hasn’t set in yet, but the Brooklyn Museum is already planning a trip to the Caribbean.

On Oct. 6, the institution, which sits alongside heavily Caribbean Crown Heights, will kick off its new exhibition, “Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art,” with a bang — or is that a BAM?

Teaming up with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum will host Caribbean-themed films, readings, live music and a two-hour dance party to celebrate the exhibit as well at BAM’s 25th “Next Wave Festival.”

“The Brooklyn Museum is in the heart of the Brooklyn Caribbean community,” Tumelo Mosaka, the show’s curator, told GO Brooklyn, “and it makes sense to engage the community.”

Mosaka said it’s rare to find Caribbean exhibitions in other boroughs, and Caribbean artists are strangers in their own land since many Caribbean countries don’t support contemporary art.

But plenty of artists seem to have found a home at the Brooklyn Museum, and they’ve already been featured in two such exhibitions (one specific to Haiti and another focused on carnival costumes). Despite this fact, Tumelo pointed out that “Infinite Island” is far from familiar territory. The exhibit only contains pieces created after the year 2000. “A lot of the pieces don’t necessarily say ‘I’m Caribbean,’ but they say ‘I’m contemporary.’”

The festivities kick off at 6 pm with author Elizabeth Nunez reading from her latest novel, which sets “The Tempest” in the Caribbean, and will include work by the INSPIRIT dance company (pictured), an screening of “One Love,” a Caribbean love story, and a dance party heavy on salsa and merengue.

Festivities begin at 6 pm at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights). Tickets are free. For information, call (718) 638-5000.

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