CARIFESTA XII brings the spotlight to Haiti. Here’s a report from Haiti Libre.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Evans Paul took part, accompanied among others by the Ministers of Culture, Dithny Joan Raton, of the Tourism and Creative Industries, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, to a cocktail dinner at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) to honor the various delegations present in Haiti for the 12th edition the Caribbean Festival of arts (Carifesta XII), held from 21 to 30 August.
The head of government addressed in the same sense as the Minister of Culture to recognize that Haiti is currently the cultural capital of the Caribbean. In addition, Prime Minister Paul humbly said that Haiti is only the host of the 12th edition of Carifesta, but we all took part in the planning of the event.
“Your enthusiastic presence here reinforces the conviction to the Haitian people as the attention that your country and your people bring to Haiti the First Black Republic,” said the Minister of Culture.
“There is a fundamental thing that unites us is the culture […] through our songs, our drums, we all speak the same language, the language of the culture, and we are here precisely to celebrate culture we are here to welcome you. Haiti is today an international space for the celebration of the culture of all the Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Paul in his speech.
Yesterday Friday was the opening day of the twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta), this Caribbean multicultural festival brings together around 22 delegations with more than 500 people who are welcomed at Port-au-Prince the capital and in the cities of Cap Haitien, Les Cayes, Jacmel and Gonaives. The culture of the Caribbean will be honored throughout the course of the festival. In the four cities chosen for the 150 shows all the lovers and art lovers will be served. Indeed, at the festival there will be something for everyone: film screenings, panel discussions between writers, musical performances, crafts and gourmet exhibitions…
CARIFESTA XII, official program