Haitian culture week will take place for the first time in Cuba from January 23-30. The seven day event is being organized by the Havana City Historian’s Office in collaboration with the Haitian Embassy on the island, and will be inaugurated in the capital’s Casa de África.
Speaking during a press conference, Géri Benoit, the country’s ambassador to Cuba, reaffirmed his willingness to make the event an annual celebration, in order to promote Haitian culture on the island, which is closely linked to Cuba’s given their shared African heritage. “I’m always thinking about how to promote Haiti’s culture and cultural promoters,” stated the diplomat, who also thanked the Havana City Historian’s Office.
The week-long event will include art and photography exhibitions across several museums, presentations of typical dishes from the country and screenings of films and documentaries on Haitian culture.
From January 23 through the month of February, the public will be able to enjoy the exposition Numismática haitiana: cultura e historia¸which will be inaugurated January 24, in the Numismático Museum; and close with a performance by the group Los Misterios del Vodou, whose members are of Haitian descent.
At 3pm on the 26th, in the Casa de África, Dr. Sergio Guerra, president of the Association of Historians of Latin America, will hold a conference on the Haitian Revolution and its continental impact, followed by a performance by vocal group Desandann from Camagüey.
Music will also feature during the celebration, with a performance of Haitian and Cuban music by the National Choir of Cuba, led by maestra Digna Guerra, pianist Cecilio Tieles and Desandann, on the 26th.
Closing the event will be the University of Havana’s Norman Girman Caribbean Studies Faculty, on Monday January 30, at 4pm in the Colegio Universitario de San Gerónimo de La Habana, where the 213th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution will be commemorated. Participating in the event will be poet and author Nancy Morejón, who will recite one of her works dedicated to Fidel and his ties to the Haitian people. The celebrations will round-off with a screening of the documentary Puerto Príncipe mío, by filmmaker Rigoberto López, president of the Caribbean Film Showcase.