Celebrated hotel in Haiti gutted by fire

PETIONVILLE (HAITI) (AFP) – A fire early Monday ravaged one of the oldest hotel-restaurants in the upscale hilltop suburb of Petionville overlooking Port-au-Prince.

The fire at the Cubano, a 12-room hotel renamed Le Perroquet in 2012, broke out in a storage room and quickly spread as it took firefighters over an hour to respond.

About 10 people were inside the hotel at the time, but all escaped uninjured.

“It was part of the social scene since the 1970s — the obligatory place to end an evening,” said Stephane Malebranche, who was in the crowd of onlookers gathered outside the gutted building.

The hotel was known for its concerts and entertainment promoting traditional Haitian culture.

5th edition of the Quebec Film Festival comes to Haiti

The 5th edition of the Quebec Film Festival in Haiti (FFQH) is set to take place from April 5 to 12, 2016 in Port-au-Prince, and will be hosted by the French Institute and the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL) and Jacmel Ciné Institute. This Festival, created in 2009 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, aims to bring Quebec and Haiti culturally. It features films, lectures, workshops and various activities, which are free.

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