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8th Annual Little Haiti Book Festival Celebrates Haitian Culture Virtually

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 16:44:03-04

The 8th Annual Little Haiti Book Festival is officially here. The program is in partnership with the Miami-Dade Book Fair, and Sosyete Koukouy. Sosyete Koukouy of Miami is an organization that promotes the Creole culture in Miami. The festival promotes the Haitian culture and the Haitian language. This year the festival is a little different as it’s being hosted virtually. However, now more than ever there are informative panels and events to choose from.

“Our focus this year was the safety of the community. We’ve had several panels covering topics such as what is the impact COVID-19 is having on the Haitian community specifically but also on other communtiies in South Florida. We’ve had conversations about the economic impact of COVID. And of course, our small businesses are serving more than just the Haitian communities. So, how does COVID affect what they bring to other people who are just interested in doing business with people of Haitian descent,” said MJ Fievre, ReadCaribbean program coordinator of The Miami Book Fair.

Most of the panels are in Creole with English subtitles. And of course, we can’t forget about the kids. The festival is also hosting a kids program

“It’s a very kid-friendly, family-friendly format. Very cute. We have a whole set; it becomes a mini TV show focused on the Caribbean. Also, there’s musician. We even have some chefs on the program with different 5-minute recipes the kids can do at home with their parents and that keeps them connected with their Haitian culture," said Fievre.

The adult programs are every Sunday at 2 p.m. until June 28th. The kids program is every Saturday at 2 pm until July 25th.

To catch the programs live, head on over to the Miami-Dade Book Fair page on Facebook, here, and if you want to see their previous programs you can head on over to their YouTube channel, here.

For more information, click here to head on over to their website.