Haiti – Culture : Opening of the 1st Festival «Gede Fest»
Thursday took place the official opening of the First Edition of the multidisciplinary Festival “Gede Fest”. For 10 days (October 25 to November 3) nearly 30 events in symbolic places of two cities in the country : Port-au-Prince and Jacmel will be offered to festival-goers
In this Gede festival period, festival-goers will be able to explore all facets of Creole culture by taking part in musical concerts, panel discussions, photo exhibitions, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, music masterclasses, dance, cooking.. “Let the good times roll !” say our cousins in New Orleans.
Bring Haiti and New Orleans together, twin sisters. Placed under the umbrella brand “Twin Sisters Together”, the Festival’s vocation is to strengthen ties between Haiti and New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), two former French colonies linked by history and Creole culture. For the occasion, delegations from the United States will travel to Haiti and represent the colors of New Orleans during the Festival.
Jean Michel Lapin, the Minister of Culture said at the launch “The Ministry of Culture is pleased to contribute to the realization of the first edition of Gede Fest, an event that promotes the Haitian Cultural Heritage. The institution is committed to the initiators of this Festival combining the best attractions of the rich cultural repertoire of the country in a dynamic of interaction between two social entities (Haiti and New Orleans) united by strong historical and cultural ties.”
Marie Christine Stephenson, the Minister of Tourism added, “Around the world, festivals and cultural events are important tourist attractions and generate positive economic spin-offs. All the more, Gede Fest, in the hope of restoring relations between Haiti and New Orleans, will give new impetus to cultural tourism, to create wealth […] It is therefore with great enthusiasm that the Ministry of Tourism supports this festival, which hopefully will remain an essential meeting in the agenda of Haitians and Orleans.”
Download the program (PDF): B> http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/Gede_Fest___FR_Programme__10042018__12_PM.pdf
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