creativity, culture, community
“We are proud to present the highly anticipated 4th Annual Flavors and Colors of Haiti,” states Gandy Thomas, Consul General of Haiti in Atlanta. “This elegant event celebrates the rich culture and colorful traditions of Haiti, as well as today’s vibrant arts scene. Attendees will have a rare opportunity to see AYIKODANS under the direction of internationally renowned choreographer Jeanguy Saintus. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy sumptuous desserts and Haitian coffee. Please join us at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 11 at 8 pm for an unforgettable evening!”
AYIKODANS Dance Company was founded by Haitian choreographer, dancer and educator Jeanguy Saintus. His numerous awards include the 2008 Prince Claus Award and the 2014 Images & Voices of Hope Award. AYIKODANS is part of a movement towards a new contemporary Haitian aesthetic, while rooted in tradition, reflects modern Caribbean culture. The visionary choreography of Saintus imbues their dances with a level of creativity, intensity and strength that will surprise people who associate Haiti with disaster and poverty. Their latest production, Rasanble, means ‘a gathering’ in Haitian Creole, and this spellbinding, passionate dance is an invitation to audiences to join them in celebrating life’s struggles and triumphs.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Haitian & Haitian-American Student Internship Program at The Coca-Cola Company in Haiti. This new initiative is a partnership between the Consulate in Atlanta and The Coca-Cola Company, and provides hands-on learning opportunities for students interested in giving back to their communities and building a brighter future for Haiti.
Sponsors for the 4th Annual Flavors and Colors of Haiti include The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and The Glenn Hotel.
The Haitian Consulate in Atlanta functions as a bridge between Haitian citizens and institutions visiting or doing business in the United States. It fulfills the traditional roles of a consulate general in providing visas, passports, and other legal formalities. The Consulate also serves as a center for cultural, economic, political, and scientific cooperation that promotes ongoing dialogue, strong working relationships and peace between Haiti and the United States. The Haitian Consulate in Atlanta has jurisdiction in these states: Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and North Carolina. For more information about the Consulate visit their web site: http://consulathaiti-atlanta.org/
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