In Suriname, Haiti receives torch for Carifesta XII
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly, Wyclef Jean and the Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse shared the stage in a performance during the eleventh edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture (CARIFESTA XI) which came to a close in Paramaribo last Sunday.
08.25.2013: Visite du President Michel Joseph Martelly a la foire ,Carifest 2013 au Suriname
Before the end of the events, which President Martelly found Haiti's participation to have been satisfactory, Surinamese President Bouterse handed the torch to his Haitian counterpart so that Haiti may host the festival in 2015, as agreed by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government during on of their annual meeting in July 2012 in Castries, St Lucia.
Caribbean News Now reported Bouterse saying that “with great pride and joy” Suriname concluded the festivities, which were filled “with passionate movements, rhythmic beats, stunning images, moving storytelling, and exquisite tastes”. He further stressed the call of the youth, who called upon the leaders of the region to build environmentally responsible communities, which the youngsters of the several countries demonstrated by building “their own green Youth Village”.
“The celebration of culture has indeed shown us who we are and what we have. In this festival of cultural extravaganza, we are once again reminded that nurturing our cultural heritage is key to our development. It is only when we know ourselves, respect ourselves and feel deep pride for our cultural wealth, that we can charter with confidence our path in the world,” Bouterse said during the closing ceremony.
For President Michel Martelly's part, he said “from the lessons learned we can bring the festival to a higher level in the future," referring to 2015.
“It is only through events like this one that we can get to know each other. It is only through events like this one that we can get in one movement,” Martelly continued as he accepted the responsibility of organizing CARIFESTA in Haiti.
Martelly, Bouterse and Haitian-born American hip hop star Wyclef Jean subsequently performed Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ and ‘No woman, no cry’ to launch CARIFESTA XII.