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Haiti: Cultural Caravans for Peace
27 April 2015/ UNESCO Offices in Port-au-Prince and Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Two cultural caravans bearing a message of peace through art are touring Haiti since 16 April.

The tours have been organized by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), in collaboration with the network of the Alliance Franaise and the UNESCO Office in the Caribbean nation, in the framework of the Ann Chwazi Lap (Lets Choose Peace) campaign to reduce community violence.

Both caravans set off simultaneously on their respective tours from the French Institute in Port-au-Prince on 16 April.

One of them, the Vwa Ayiti Pou Lap caravan counts with three major figures in Haitian music, namely James Germain, Emeline Michel and Beethova Obas, who together with young local talents are touring 10 cities: Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Jacmel, Aquin, Les Cayes, Jrmie, Fort National, Cabaret, Gonaves and Hinche. In each place, music creation workshops and collective mini-concerts are organized, all dedicated to the theme of peace and non-violence.

In turn, the company of Haitian comedians Les Rescaps formed the Chimen kwaze pou la p caravan, with forum theaters in 22 cities throughout the country. This interactive exercise will enable spectators to go on stage and propose solutions to the problems presented. The pieces, especially created for the tour, deal with community and electoral violence, violence against women and child trafficking in Haitis border areas.

Ann Chwazi Lap - Vyolans ap detwi lavi nou, in whose framework the caravans are organized, is a communication campaign implemented by the Office of Communication and Public Information and the Section on the Division of Community Violence Reduction of the MINUSTAH, which promotes peaceful coexistence among persons, particularly among young people in vulnerable neighborhoods.

With the dual caravan of musicians and actors, the organizers mainly seek to encourage the publics active participation in the cultural activities presented through messages of peace and non-violence and community cohesion, focusing on the more vulnerable neighborhoods.

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