Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) in Haiti

The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) was opened on Friday night, August 21, 2015, with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. Twenty two Caribbean nations took part in this festival between 21 and 30 August 2015. On Thursday, the day before the festival, in an inaugural ceremony at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH), the Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul was present and he was accompanied by some other important Haitian ministers like the Ministers of Culture, Dithny Joan Raton, the Tourism and Creative Industries, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin.


During the occasion, a cocktail dinner was held in the honor of the festival delegates present. There the Prime Minister has said, although Haiti is only the host country of the festival, but we took part in the planning of the events. He took the opportunity to describe Haiti as the present cultural capital of the Caribbean during the festival. Our country has been honored to receive the largest cultural event in the Caribbean for ten days. Thousands of delegates and representatives from 22 participating countries will enrich us with their culture, their expertise and their colors. Among many diversities, there are some common threads of fundamental things that unite the entire Caribbean nation; it is their root, culture, religion, history, songs, drums and language. The theme of CARIFESTA XII was 'Our roots, our culture and our common future.'

The ten day festival was a scene of pure excitement, vibrant colours and smiles were present all around. Irwin LaRocque, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) who attended the ceremony has said it was a historic moment for Haiti and for the Community, because the CARICOM family has responded to the call and have come to celebrate with Haiti as it hosts CARIFESTA for the first time.

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