News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 17, 2019: Tomorrow, Sat. May 18, Haitians around the world and in its Diasporas, will mark Haiti Flag Day in remembrance of May 18, 1803.
That was the day the first free Haitian flag was adopted on the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie, about 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital.
Celebrations will be happening across the US. In New York, arts organization, UNI, the brainchild of Haitian professional dancer Sanford Placide, will presentan elegant evening of dance, fashion, and music in celebration of the 216th anniversary of the Haitian flag.
The theme of this year’s event is Sans-Souci, which means “without worries,” and was the name of the first royal palace in the Caribbean situated in Haiti.
UNI 2019 will be held at the transcendent Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square tomorrow, May 18th and feature performances by the Amanda Smith, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Haitian master drummer Jean Guy “Fanfan” Rene accompanied by his wife Sirène Dantor Sainvil; Haitian break dancer Steven Vilsaint of Accent Dance; and Haitian super model TashaPoupée, who will be styled by Jamaican-born New York based fashion designer D’Marsh Couture.
This year, UNI and The Haitian Consulate in New York will also honor some prominent Haitian figures who have made their mark on national development and have contributed to preserving Haitian culture through the support of UNI.
Among the honorees this year are: Tony Delerme, Haitian actor, director and filmmaker; Lionel Moise, two-time Emmy Award winning journalist and host ofBusiness Insider Today; and Carl and George Daguillard, President and Vice President of Stellae International Inc.
Tickets for UNI 2019 are now available at www.uni-arts.org