First edition of the Festival of Friendship in Jacmel

The festive Jacmel has yet another annual reason of celebration. With the city's famous traditional festivals' "Festival Film Jakmèl" and "Festival Mizik Jakmèl" unfortunately long gone, the Festival of Friendship is expected to regain the pride of Haiti as a country of rich culture and festivals and be one of the most highly-anticipated happenings in the Caribbean, especially to tourists.


December 5 marked the start of the Festival of Friendship tradition in Jacmel. The official launching of the four-day, four-night affair was done in the city's Hotel Florita gardens. The closing ceremony of the festival on December 9 was done in different parts of the city. The festival paved the way for artists from different parts of the globe to showcase their craft and their talent. Some of the visiting aritsts were from the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, and Martinique. Jacmel residents and foreign visitors were able to enjoy several art galleries and displays, as well as dance and music concerts, film showings, and fairs.

The very first edition of the festival was organized by the MWEM Foundation and Fast forward, in cooperation with the City of Jacmel, and was spearheaded by the city's cultural mediator Bayard Jean-Bernard with Laurence and Tatiana Magloire. It was supported by European Development Fund and the Swiss Confederation.Two of the festival's special visitors were UNESCO Special Envoys for Haiti Michaëlle Jean and Luck Mervil who expressed their best of wishes for the very first Festival of Friendship.

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