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.
12th CARIFESTA expects nearly 2,000 Visitor Attendance
The 12th Edition of Haiti's CARIFESTA is scheduled to be held August 14th to 23rd. The 2015 theme is "Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future".
In conjunction with dates announced Prime Minister Paul, Culture Minister Raton, and Tourism Minister Villedrouin gathered together to kick off the official CARIFESTA website .
Minister Villedrouin said the tourism and hospitality industries are gearing up to prepare for an estimated 2,000 visitors from different nations to participate in the global event.
The Festival of the sea 2013 was witnessed by high profile dignitaries from the Ministry of Tourism of the northern region of Haiti. The ceremony is done once a year to bolster tourism in Haiti. This is the second year the ceremony is being celebrated. In this year's ceremony the Festival of the Sea was launched on the Wednesday of 7th August 2013 at Deco Bar-Restaurant (Cap-Haitien). In his launch speech the sitting Director of the Ministry of Tourism of the Northern Regional Office Ms. Dieudonne Luma Etienne said the cultural event will open up the North as a significant tourist attraction destination.
In a bid to promote tourism Haiti held the 2nd annual Festival of the Sea event this year from 9th day of August to the 11th of the same month. The ministry of Tourism has expressed support to this remarkable ceremony which draws participants from across the nation and beyond. The ceremony is done to attract tourist through expression of culture. It is also seen as an important tool for entrepreneurs to seize business opportunities.
The event held on the Boulevard du Cap in Cap-Haitien is also intended to expose the tourist destinations in the North.
Here is a picture of the Haitian International artist Luck Mervill at Livres en Folie that was taking place at Parc Canne A Sucre in 2013.
Livres en Folies has reached a level never seen before in Haiti. Every year, there are new writers requesting to particilate. It is a place for writers to expose their new books.
It is being held this year at Heritage Park Cane a Sucre. This is their 16th edition of Books Madness
The Fair is a joint venture between Unibank and Nouvelliste. In 2013, it was noted more than 1,075 titles were on sale. I tis a bargain as prices are reduced to sometimes more than 40%
This annual event Livres en Folie is held between May and June. One very good objective of the event is bringing culture and literature to the mass. Lives en Folie also stimulates Haitian writers, encouraging them to create more. Local writers as well as those living in the diaspora come together to participate in this annual event.
The annual cultural event Livres en Folie was created in 1995. It is a popular book fair put into place by UNIBANK and Le Nouvelliste. Since its inception, Livres en Folie has been taking place annually during the Corpus Christi day in May or June, at different locations in Port-au-Prince