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A year after the Haitian Times newspaper was launched, the Brooklyn-based publication created Kreyolfest , a daylong festival celebrating Haitian culture in 2000. The seminal event was a way for the nascent newspaper to provide Haitian Americans in the northeast a chance to celebrate their culture.
Prior to that there were small and sporadic cultural events in New York.
The first event was held as part of Prospect Parks Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series at the fabled venue. A year later in 2001, Kreyolfest was moved to its current home at Wingate Park in Flatbush, the heart of the Haitian community in New York.
Over the years, some of the top musical acts in the Haitian Music Industry, as well as performers from Africa and American performers have graced the stage of Kreyolfest. They include Wyclef Jean, former president Michel Martelly, Djakout Mizik, T-Vice and many others. Kreyolfest reached its zenith in 2004 when Omarion and members of the hip hop group B2K gave an electrifying performance commemorating Haitis 200 years as an independent republic.
To be sure, Kreyolfest celebrated more than the Caribbean country’s music. The event highlights the country’s cuisine and art. Every year thousands of Haitians and non-Haitains intereste d in the culture congregate to Brooklyn for a full day of fun and frolic. Collecticvely Kreyolfest remains the largest Haitain cultural event in the northeast United States. The festival distinguishes itself with a professional team and well-managed show. It has become a rendezvous in the area and remains a well anticipated event.