Canada Celebrates Creole Month

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“An n fete kilti kreyòl nou yo” [Let’s celebrate our Creole culture] is the theme for the 8th Mois du Créole [Creole Month] in Montreal, Canada, which takes place during the entire month of October. Creole Month is sponsored by KEPKAA, the International Committee for the Promotion of Creole and Literacy.

In Creole Month, the Canadian-Creole legacy is celebrated through multidisciplinary events that highlight the value and significance of Creole language and cultural production to promote tolerance, fraternity, and friendship. The celebration is held in October because the date chosen for International Creole Day in 1983 was the last Friday of October. Since then, many Creole-speaking communities have honored Creole and its many cultural manifestations throughout the world in October. Activities include conferences, lectures, music and dance productions, literary readings, special film screenings, theatrical productions, concerts, and art exhibitions, among others.

This year, the spokesperson for Creole Month festivities is poet Frantz Benjamin. Originally from Haiti, Benjamin is the author of Dits d’errance and Lettres d’automne/Tanlapli, both published by Livres en Folie in Haiti. He is also one of the founders of Société Paroles, a collective of writers, musicians, and other exponents of Creole culture in Canada.

For more information, see http://www.gensdelacaraibe.org/index.php and http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article8652

Although this year’s schedule has not been announced, to have a general idea of Creole Month events, see http://www.moisducreole.com/2007/mdc-07-fr/indexfr.html

Photo from Toronto’s Mois Creole 2008, http://www.lexpress.to/archives/858/

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