Haiti to Host the 12th Edition of CARIFESTA

The Haitian people are preparing themselves for the upcoming CARIFESTA XII festival in the month of August. They will greet and host several thousands of people from the region and other guests from the CARICOM member states. The festival of arts and culture will run from August 14 to 23 and will feature events across the country. Haiti had been officially named as the host country for the 12th edition of the CARIFESTA regional cultural festival in April 2013.


The CARIFESTA or Caribbean Festival of Arts, has assumed a pre-eminent place because it is not just about shows and exhibitions. It's meant 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. The main purpose of the festival is to gather musicians, artists, authors, and to display the folkloric and artistic expression of the Caribbean and Latin American region. This year's theme would be `Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future'.

The first CARIFESTA took place in Guyana in 1972 under the leadership of Guyana's then President Forbes Burnham, based on a similar event that took place in Puerto Rico in 1952.

The activities of CARIFESTA XII will take place in five Haitian cities-- Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Cayes. The main features that would be included in the festival are: dance, cinema, fashion, cuisine, literature, visual arts, music, theater, arts and crafts. Some of the important production team executive members for CARIFESTA XII will include: Haitian President, Michel Joseph Martelly (Honorary Chair), Dithny Joan Raton, Minister of Culture (Honorary Vice-chair), Peterson Benjamin Noel (Vice President for International Cooperation), and Geneviève Louissaint (Secretary General). Haitian president, Michel Martelly, has reiterated his government determination to ensure that these events are a success. Stephen Lashley, the Minister of Culture, Barbados has announced that Barbados will be hosting CARIFESTA in 2017."

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