Le Nouvelliste reports that writer and artist Frankétienne was officially declared Cultural Ambassador for Haiti on his 80th birthday, on April 12, 2016. Minister of Culture and Communication Marc (Marcus) Aurele Garcia declares that this honor is an opportunity for Haiti to recuperate from a type of anonymity that he feels has deepened in the past few decades and to gain a much-needed public “face” to better represent its cultural richness and heroic past.
Previously, in 2010, Frankétienne was named UNESCO Artist for Peace, as one of Haiti’s key figures.
Description (UNESCO): He has been recognized for being a writer of both French and Haitian Creole. Concurrently known as a poet, playwright, painter, musician, activist and intellectual, Frankétienne is the author of more than 40 works. As a painter, he is recognized mainly for his colorful abstract work, often emphasizing the colors blue and red. He was a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009, and was made a Commander of the Arts and Letters in 2010.
Frankétienne was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace and recognized for 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. His latest play “Melovivi ou le piège” was performed for the first time at UNESCO headquarters at the Forum “Rebuilding the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of Haiti”.
For more information, see http://www.unesco.org/new/en/goodwill-ambassadors/artists-for-peace/franketienne/#topPage
See full article in French at Le Nouvelliste at http://lenouvelliste.com/lenouvelliste/article/157890/Franketienne-officiellement-ambassadeur-de-la-Culture.]