System Band, Kreyolfest 2014. Photo Credit: Vania Andre

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

When a colleague learned that May is Haitian American Heritage Month, he excitedly asked me where the cultural events were happening. He specifically asked about a food fair or music festival. Sadly, I told him there were few, and most of the activities were mainly talks, small receptions, and elected official organized activities.

That question from my colleague exposed a sore in our community—a reminder that we’re failing on the cultural front. But it is not for a lack of trying. I truly believe that Haiti’s culture is rich and vibrant enough to attract non-Haitians. For some reason, we can’t organize consistent cultural events, and those of us who do, do so at our own financial peril.


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