Venezuela’s captial city is awash with festivals these days!
Caracas is currently celebrating Haitian Cultural Week, which features Haitian music, theater, dance, and film.
At first glance, Venezuela may not appear to have much in common with Haiti. But in fact, their relationship dates back to the 19th century, when Haiti’s first elected president, Alexandre Pétion, helped the young revolutionary Simón Bolívar launch his campaign to achieve Venezuela’s independence from Spain.
Haitian Cultural Week began in Caracas on Wednesday with the laying of a wreath at the National Pantheon in Caracas, where Bolívar is buried. Culture Minister Francisco Sesto began the event by saying, “Haiti, our sister nation, profoundly loved, to which we owe a great historical debt…”
These days, Haiti and Venezuela are allies in the global fight against poverty. Click here to read more about their cooperation on humanitarian issues.