Art in Haiti
Haitian art is seen throughout all of Haiti. With African roots, you see many representations of "everyday life in Haiti." It's vibrant, beautiful and always stands out.
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Carnaval (Kanaval) in Haiti
Every year, Carnaval in Haiti (Port-au-Prince) is a celebrated over several weeks before Mardi Gras. Other small cities celebrate Carnaval as well, each with beautiful handmade costumes and masks for dancing and celebrating in the streets.
Dance & Music in Haiti
Haitian dance is also known as Kompa. Dancing is a huge part of Haitian culture and life. Haitian music has French, African and Spanish influences. Dancing is also a social activity, used for celebrations such as church socials and informal parties, as well as evenings out with friends. In small restaurants, social dance music is provided by relatively small twoubadou groups, while larger clubs with big dance floors often feature dance bands reminiscent of the American big bands in size. Social dance music has been one of the most heavily creolized music forms in Haiti.
Types of Haitian music: