DATE: April 15, 2014
Haiti's national flag
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath,
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Celebrate Haitian-American heritage with a fun, free festival and more as Broward County Library hosts two events for Haitian-American Month, celebrated annually each May.
On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12 p.m., the Miramar Branch Library and Educational Center, located at 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, presents Festival d’Haiti, the premier pre-Haitian Flag Day celebration in South Broward! This free annual cultural event offers a taste of all things Haitian: music, dancing, culture, food and fun.
The day begins with storytelling and songs of Yvette LeBlanc.Immediately following will be entertainment from The LES Crew, The Butterfly Dancers, Steel Drum King Eddy Martinez and more. An art exhibit The Real Haiti: Experience it Yourself by The Real Haiti, face painting and a children’s craft will take place in the interior of the library, while writers of Haitian descent will be featured in the lobby.
Food and merchant vendors will be located just outside the lobby doors. Bring the entire family and have fun celebrating and learning about Haitian culture! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Miramar Library, Haitian Unity Foundation of Coral Springs, the City of Miramar, The Real Haiti and Costco. Call 954-357-8090 for more information.
In addition to the Festival D'Haiti, the Library will also host the following events, displays and exhibits in honor of Haitian American Heritage Month:
- May 1- 31: Haiti in Literature Book Display, Pembroke Pines/ Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 N.W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, 954-357-6750
- May 1- 31: A Glance at Haiti's Culture, Haiti Focus Exhibition 2014: A collection of paintings depicting different aspects of Haitian and Haitian-American Culture through the eyes and talents of various Haitian artists, African-American Research Library, and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
- May 1- 31: The Real Haiti: A Collection of Art by Haitian Children, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090
- May 1- 31: Art of Felix Plaisir, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324, 954-765-1560
- May 7 - Reception for Haiti Focus Exhbition 2014, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
- May 10 - Culture of the Haitian Diaspora - Lectures and Entertainment: "Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li," 2 to 5 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, located at 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066, 954-201-2600.
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