La Siren Afro-Caribbean Multicultural Festival—a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture in South Florida—takes place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The event will take place at 201 West Atlantic Avenue from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The event has been organized by Joe Bernadel, co-founder for the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach, a private charter high school that opened in August 2001, serving Palm Beach County students of diverse backgrounds.
To date, Bernadel is the first person of Haitian ancestry to have opened a public school in the United States. To celebrate Haitian culture, on October 2002 the school launched the Haiti Museum of Arts & Culture, which honors the culture of the Haitian Diaspora and serves as a repository of the oral traditions of the Haitian people in Delray Beach and surrounding communities. According to Bernadel, the festival is a chance to bring the community together and celebrate the city’s diversity.
Among the attractions will be a mermaid headdress contest, where local organizations and schools will vie for a $500 prize for making a Caribbean-inspired ceremonial headdress. Organizers plan for the contest to serve as a catalyst for highlighting artistic expression and teaching about multi-cultural strengths and differences for all of Palm Beach County.
“We are hoping people will come out and experience the spectrum of diversity as represented by our many vendors, and of course, the great performers along with many other supporting groups of talented individuals participating in this year’s festival,” said Bernadel. [. . .]
For more information, or to learn how to enter the contest, visit www.afrocaribbeanfest.com or call 561-496-2457.