The 6th edition "Destination Aquin-Festival International

The 6th edition "Destination Aquin-Festival International Traditional Music and Dance" was organized from 28 March, 2013 to 30 March, 2013. The theme of the festival was 'The wink to Africa'. The festival brought together hundreds of participants and the aim of the festival was to let people know about the roots of the festival. The cultural event aimed or focused on the culture of Africa and was a medium to show honor and respect to Aimé Césaire, who is regarded as the father of negritude. The cultural program was also aimed towards celebrating the birth centenary of Aimé Césaire.


However, there was another underlying aim of the Aquin-Festival and that was to promote cultural and socio-economic development of Aquin via promotion of tourism, arts and cultural resources of the town. The program was supported by Ministry of Culture and with more than a 100 participants from different continents and cultural backgrounds; it was rightfully the confluence of traditions - a confluence where artists from all over the world learned about Haitian culture and shared their own with the Haitians.

Josette Darguste, Minister of Culture for Haiti, participated in the opening ceremony and whole-heartedly welcomed the initiative taken by Aquin Solidarity Foundation. There is no denying of the fact that this initiative gave the much needed push to the Haitian culture, which remains one of the major untapped resource that can lead to socio-economic development of Haiti. The Minister reiterated the government's commitment to salvage and win back Haiti's position of 'Pearl of the Antilles' that has been long lost in fragments of painful history!

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