UC Adventures to Offer Tour Packages to Haiti

Lakay Weekly - Packages will include a guided tour of Citadelle Laferriere, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as other heritage sites. Adventures will learn more about the culture by cooking tradition Haitian staple food, taking art classes, meeting with the local people, and enjoying physical activities both on land and in water. These small-group packages will initially take place in Cap-Haitien and gradually expand to other parts of the country and possibly to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. UC Adve...

Art Classes held at Centre d'Art

Lakay Weekly - The Centre d'Art has organized and put together an exciting variety of courses for the whole family to take part in. Those interested and curious about art will find any number of courses offered. They are informative and fun and more importantly they are taught by professionals in the industry. Created in 1944 by American watercolorist DeWitt Peters, the Centre d’Art plays a fundamental role in the history of Haitian art. All materials for classes are provided by the Art Center. Enrollme...

Raquel Pelissier Goodwill Ambassador for Haiti

Lakay Weekly - Raquel Pelissier Miss Haiti 2016 and the runner-up for Miss Universe 2017 was received by the Haitian government during her first visit back to the country since the Miss Universe pageant that was held in the Philippines. Raquel was received at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince by a delegation of government officials, collaborators, students and other guests at the airport’s Diplomatic Room After being welcomed by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Marc A...

Valentine’s Day at Champs de Mars

Lakay Weekly - On February 14th, many gift booths were at the Champ de Mars. From small cups, saucers, small baskets, and large baskets filled with sweets, champagne, and treats of all kinds, buyers could find gifts ranging from 250 to 4000 gourdes, according to one of the booth owners, Marie-Guerline, a forty-year-old who sells annually in the middle of rue Capois. In addition to the vendors holding the stands, street vendors also offered flowers, gift bags or packs of chocolates to all passers-bys. Faithful...

Gonaives gets ready for its own carnival

Lakay Weekly - He confirmed that several musical groups, DJs from the capital including Djakout # 1, Mass Konpa, Barikad Crew, Boukman Eksperyans, DJ Tonymix, DJ Fanfan will participate in this carnival of independence in addition to the foot bands and groups such as Chachou Boyz. Everything begins on February 17th with the students' carnival, in which schools are invited to take part. Focus will be on foot bands during the second day. And on the last day, the musical groups that will create the atmosphere...

Maybel Food and Beverages to host pop up restaurant

Lakay Weekly - Opened in January 2013, Myabèl Cocktail Bar and Restaurant is a business venture between three close friends: Myrlene Dominque, Junior Abellard and Regine Theodat. The friends all lived in the city of Croix-des-Bouquets, and noticed that there were not any restaurants where the locals and those passing through the town could sit f comfortably for a meal. “We decided to open the restaurant, and one of our goals is to revitalize the city where we all grew up,” says Regine. The restaurant’s name...

Young Haitian scientist among Forbes 30 under 30

Lakay Weekly - After graduating from the school located in Delmas 31 in 2007, Olivier Noël immigrated to the United States to pursue his university studies. At the end of his four years in New York, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Queens College (2011). He is now a student Penn State University in the renowned MD / PhD: program. Under the Science category on the prestigious list "30-under-30 2017" of Forbes Magazine, dedicated to the 30 most influential young people under thi...

Pre-Carnival parade held in Jacmel

Lakay Weekly - According to Jim Jacob Pierre, Director of the Culture and Tourism Unit in the municipality of Jacmel and also President of the carnival office, a total of 172 masquerade groups have been registered beforehand. He indicated that according to the pre-selection criteria, the first list was reduced to 89 groups. "The organization of this pre-parade should allow the carnival office not only to see the groups that are ready but also to have a definitive list," said Pierre. He added that the city co...

Michel Martelly celebrates his birthday in style

Lakay Weekly - For the birthday of Michel Martellly, former president of Haiti, the band performed nostalgic songs from Carimi such as "Fè m kado w" and "Baby I miss you". The highlight of Kai's performance is of course the cover of "Malade", the first and only single of the band. The group was followed by DJ Tony Mix, who played his well know rabòday hits. At midnight, the former president made a brief appearance on the stage to receive the songs and wishes of other artists. But then, it was his turn to ensu...

A welcome cocktail for Raquel Pélissier

Lakay Weekly - Miss Haiti Universe 2016 landed at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport where she was welcomed by representatives from various sectors of the country including members of the government, the press and students. She then went to the national palace where she was received by the presidential couple. President Jovenel Moise took the opportunity to make Raquel the Goodwill Ambassador of Cultural and Tourist Affairs of Haiti. Later that afternoon, Raquel met with the press at Best Western...

Port au Prince carnival takes shape

Lakay Weekly - The theme chosen for this year's carnival festivities, "An n fè Ayiti reviv", was announced in the first days of January 2017. Now, the Port-au-Prince Carnival Committee has unveiled a list of the musical groups that will have perform in the Champ de Mars on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February. Yanick Louis, Junior Rigolo, David Charlier, and Mike on the MIC, members of the carnival committee of Port-au-Prince, listed seven groups who will have the opportunity to participate: Barikad Crew, Poss...

Book signing and release of “Haiti”

Lakay Weekly - Released in January 2017 through a project by KissKissBankBank, a participatory financing site, the book is the fruit of a labor spread out over six years. Fohlen traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2010, following the January 12th earthquake that devastated the country. But "From 2012, I wanted to go beyond the image of a passive country, which reaches out and expects everything from outside help," he explains. "Haiti is a country that has marked me. Every time I come back, I build a fait...

Precarnival activities coming to an end

Lakay Weekly - The pre-carnival period is coming to an end! There is only on pre-carnival Sunday, left, so revelers took to the streets in droves on Sunday, February 12th. Although the national carnival will be held in the city of Les Cayes, according to President Jovenel Moïse, the town hall of Port-au-Prince continues its festivities in the capital. From the 15th of January to the 19th of February 2017, 11 DJs, including Fanfan, Tonymix, Valmix, Chaloska Dj Jack, DJ Steezy, DJ Queen, BMixx, Cash Cash and B...

Did you Know

Lakay Weekly - Haitian-born Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is regarded as the first permanent resident of Chicago. Based on family recollections and tombstone inscriptions it is believed that Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was born in Saint-Marc in Haiti, studied in France. He is regarded as the first permanent resident of what became Chicago, Illinois. Point du Sable has become known as the "Founder of Chicago". In Chicago, a school, museum, harbor, park, and bridge have been named, or renamed, in his honor; and...

Danny Laferrière visits Chicago: Message from Consul General

Lakay Weekly - Message from the Consul Lesly Condé: Ladies and gentlemen, In my capacity as Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in the city of Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable [Founder of Chicago], it is my duty to welcome Danny Laferrière, another illustrious son of our native land, and to tell him how much his presence honors us all. Tonight, friends of Haiti and of the French-speaking community, I am delighted to be in your prestigious company and to greet you warmly on behalf of all the Haitian communit...