On March 24, 2010, Haitian artist/writer Frankétienne was chosen as UNESCO Artist for Peace. He was honored with this designation by Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova at a ceremony that coincided with the forum “Rebuilding the Social, Cultural and Intellectual Fabric of Haiti,” which was held the same day at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. His latest play Melovivi ou Le Piège was also performed for the first time that evening [also see Theater: Frankétienne’s Premonitory Play, “Melovivi”]. Appointed for two years, Frankétienne will provide particular support to UNESCO’s programs to promote books and linguistic diversity. See excerpts with links to the full articles below:
Frankétienne’s designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace recognizes his remarkable contribution to French-language literature, his commitment to safeguarding and promoting Haitian culture, and his efforts to promote the ideals of the Organization.
Frankétienne, who writes, acts, paints and also teaches, is an emblematic figure of Haitian culture. Author of some 40 works written in French and Creole, including Dezafi (1975) and Ultravocal (1972), he has received numerous literary prizes and distinctions.
UNESCO Artist for Peace are renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message. Musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), fashion designer Bibi Russell (Bangladesh), musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil), actress and singer Maria de Medeiros (Portugal) and writer Scott Momaday (United States) are among the names on the roster of UNESCO Artists for Peace.
See full articles at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/haiti-quake/single-view/news/haitian_author_franketienne_named_unesco_artist_for_peace/back/24408/ and http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-77262.html
Photo of Frankétienne from http://www.fiaf.org/events/spring2009/2009-05-02-identity.shtml