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Entertainment & Nightlife in Haiti


The Haitian art scene has attracted worldwide attention since 1946, when English teacher DeWitt Peters brought Hector Hippolyte, Philomene Obin, and other greats of Haiti's primitive art scene to the attention of the world's art establishment. One of the unique experiences of living in Haiti is the chance to visit the studios and galleries of the artists carrying on this fascinating tradition.

Nightlife in Haiti is somehow restricted to the local hotels, where weekends are hyped with loud Western music and dance. There is plenty of choice ranging from casinos to African drum music and modern Western music and dance. There is something happening in at least one major hotel every evening with the main attraction being folkloric groups and voodoo performances. On Saturday nights bamboche, a peasant-style dance, can be seen in one of the open-air dance halls. Hotels often have the most up-to-date information on local nightlife.


Port-au-Prince’s nightlife can be experienced at Petionville which houses some bars, where foreigners are frequently spotted. There are a number of spots where you can head to, such as Hotel Kalika Beach Club, Montana, Kinam Hotel and Cornier Plage; as well as some discos and nightclubs in Barak, Hotel Olaffson, Caramel in Petionville, The Regency, Crystal Palace Dancinge, and so on.

Haiti has no concert or theatre series, but the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Trinite Cathedral presents seasonal concerts of classical music. The cathedral provides a locale for the all-too-rare performances by visiting soloists or chamber groups.

Private art galleries abound in the Port-au-Prince area, but one that holds a special place in Haitian hearts is the Jean- Rene Jerome Museum, opened in the mid-1980s to honour the much-revered artist.

Port-au-Prince has several movie houses, of which the Imperial is considered the largest and most comfortable. Most films shown are French films, and even American films are dubbed in French.

Coverage of the entertainment scene in Haiti cannot neglect Carnival where dancing in the streets takes place every Sunday after Christmas and culminates in Mardi Gras, the 2 days before Ash Wednesday. Musical groups called Rara bands dance across the countryside during the pre-Lenten season. Many Haitians join in these singing and dancing festivities, and drinking is excessive. Things tend to become rowdy, and foreigners usually prefer to watch these celebrations on TV.





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