On Friday, August 21, the streets of Port-au-Prince were crowded with thousands of Haitians. People were standing on the streets to witness the official start of CARIFESTA XII. The event began with the arrival of the participants from twenty two nations; they arrived in Haitian traditional vehicles, 'tap-taps'. They paraded on the streets in their traditional national dresses. It was a scene of pure excitement; the foreigners were all wearing costumes of vibrant colours-- Haiti in their pride and glory; Barbados was in a Kadooment theme; Guyana in its masquerade theme, full with band and dancers and Trinidad in their bright red, black and white with make-up and costumes. The two hour long parade on the streets of the Haitian capital virtually exploded into a cultural concert that all of the French-speaking nation can be proud of. Ms. Nicolette Henry, the Minister of Education, Guyana, has revealed that since Guyana has a rich legacy to upkeep in regards to the CARIFESTA, its government has sanctioned $65 million for its representing team. The dancers and musicians from Guyana did enrich the atmosphere of CARIFESTA XII with their typical music rooted in ethnic heritage under their theme, 'Rites and Rhythms of Guyana.'
Five cities in Haiti are getting ready to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA which is expected to impact various sectors of the population. Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Cayes are the lucky cities with the possibilities to exhibit work from a variety of artistic categories.
The Twelfth Edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) will be held on August 14-23, 2015 in the five Haitian cities (Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Cayes) under the theme of `Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future'. The objective of the festival is to provide a forum where artists can discuss motivation, technique and other aspects of the arts. It is an international, multicultural event organized on a periodic basis by the countries of the Caribbean. It is a gathering of the musicians, artists, authors to display their folkloric and artistic expression. Every year, as per CARIFESTA "Host Country Agreement", the host country sets out the legal and operational framework for the smooth continuance of festival activities. Suriname was the first country to sign this agreement before the CARIFESTA XI in 2013.