Weeklong festival in Montreal boasts rara parades, culinary and artisan fairs, literature and more.
MONTREAL — On June 5, Haiti en Folie, the largest multidisciplinary festival outside of Haiti, unveiled their program for the 12th annual festival. Headliners include renowned singer, Emeline Michel, and famed author, Dany Laferrière. The festival, which runs from July 25 – July 29, also features a culinary fair, an artisan fair, live performances, and rara parade.
Haitian Times chatted with festival organizer Fabienne Colas on what guests can expect this year, and why her Haitian brothers and sisters in the New York-metro area should make the trip to Montreal for this can’t miss festival.
What are some highlights of this year’s program?
This year is the most colorful, diverse and rich program we’ve had so far in 12 years! HavingEmeline Michel, Dany Laferrière, Beethova Obas, Emmanuel Obas, Fabrice Rouzier, Wesli, Toto Laraque, Wesli and so many more great artists the same year is a dream. I’m also proud that we are inaugurating a big Haiti en Folie’s Food and Drink Fair presented by Le Centre des Viandes F. Iasenza, at Lafontaine Parc in Montreal.
I’m also looking forward to the Rara parade (défilé Rara) in Montreal street, with Rara Soley and Rara Jazz. This year, we will showcase Rap Kreyòl at the Festival, which is quite refreshing! Haiti en Folie’s Book Fair is also becoming more popular. Having Dany Laferrière part of that program is big for the festival. Festival Haiti en Folie is the best of Haitian culture in one week outside Haiti and a great way to showcase Haitian culture and heritage with everyone.