Friday, Dithny Joan Raton, the new Minister of Culture, accompanied by amon others accompanied particularly Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries (MTIC), François François Jr., Minister of Communication and Gregory Saba, Preisdent of the Carnival Committee, officially launched the National Carnival, which will return this year in Port-au-Prince, 15, 16 and 17 February, after having been relocated previous years in Les Cayes, Cap-Haïtien and Gonaïves http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12969-haiti-social-the-national-carnival-returns-to-port-au-prince.html
The Minister of Culture also Honorary President of the Carnival 2015 promises that the artistic performances will be at the rendezvous again this year. "The 11 departments of the country will be represented by allegorical floats on the course of the carnival. The West department will be represented by the Iron Market, Southeast will be represented through art and the Carnival of Jacmel..."
Stéphanie Balmir Villedouin, indicated that for this major cultural event, hotels have launched special packages for visitors. In addition, discussions are underway with airline officials to provide benefits to foreign visitors, for its part informed Gregory Saba.
Twelve to thirteen musical groups will be selected for the three fat days in accordance with the criteria defined by the Organizing Committee. The budget of the National Carnival 2015, to be held under the theme "Nou Tout Se Ayiti", is not yet known, but the Government should fund the event at 20% and 80% by the private sector said Mr. Saba.
Pre-carnival activities :
Until that great time of rejoicing the Pre-carnival activities began Sunday, January 18 and will continue every Sunday until 8 February 2015 on the theme "Bay Ayiti yon Chans" www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12969-haiti-social-the-national-carnival-returns-to-port-au-prince.html 44 walking bands and at least 8 DJ tanks will ensure the animation at Champ de Mars from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Already more than twenty carnival meringues are broadcast on the internet and in the media in Haiti http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12978-haiti-carnival-2015-follow-jah-innovates-by-launching-simultaneously-two-carnival-songs.html
Heavy toll :
Sunday, January 25, despite the mobilization and deployment of 1,500 police officers during this second Sunday of festivities, the provisional toll was heavy with 2 shot dead and 16 injured, according to the Commissioner Garry Desrosiers, Deputy Spokespersons of the National Police of Haiti. A result well above the 6 wounded with edged weapons, recorded on January 18 http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12989-haiti-news-some-news-here-and-there.html , first Sunday of the pre-carnival activities.