Havana’s Casa de las Américas Begins Cultural Project in Solidarity with Haiti

The Casa de las Américas cultural center began today a project called ‘Ayiti cheri’ in solidarity with the people of Haiti, who are suffering the consequences of the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January.

Roberto Fernández Retamar, president of the cultural institution, said that they have to be grateful and loyal to the wonderful Haitian people, who carried out the first social revolution on the continent over 200 years ago. For her part, Yolanda Wood, director of the Center for Caribbean Studies, announced that the program of events will begin next Tuesday, March 16, with a ceremony at the Che Guevara Hall. On this occasion, participants will for the first time listen to the ‘Elegy to Jacques Roumain,’ in the voice of late Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillén. They will also be able to listen to late Haitian actress, singer and writer Martha Jean Claude, who embodied the close fraternal links between Cuba and Haiti. Renowned intellectuals, including winners of the National Literature Prize, will dedicate poems or special messages on Haitian culture and history to the people of Haiti, while young artists will sing Haitian traditional songs in Creole. The project, named ‘Ayiti cheri’ after a song in Creole, will also bring together several institutions such as the Regional Office of UNESCO in Havana as well as the Nicolas Guillén and Martha Jean Claude foundations.

Image: Michel Obin, Carnivale & Baby Doc.

5 thoughts on “Havana’s Casa de las Américas Begins Cultural Project in Solidarity with Haiti

  1. Hello,
    My name is Asser Saint-Val, visual artist living in Miami. I really like the concept of the event. It’s a great way to remember the Haitian’s contribution to the other black islands in the western hemisphere or the world in our time of suffering. Will you have artworks in conjunction with the event? if not, I would like to propose an installation piece base on the earthquake catastrophe.

    Thank you for putting this together,

    Asser S.

  2. Can you send me any information on submissions for Casa de Las Americas prize for Caribbean Literature? Will this category be awarded for 2011 and when is the deadline this year for submitting mu MS.


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