Haitian author Frankétienne named UNESCO Artist for Peace
The Haitian author Frankétienne was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on 24 March at 1 pm (Room II). The ceremony coincided with the Forum “Rebuilding the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of Haiti” held the same day at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Frankétienne’s designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace recognizes his remarkable contribution to French-language literature, his commitment to safeguarding and promoting Haitian culture, and his efforts to promote the ideals of the Organization.
Frankétienne, who writes, acts, paints and also teaches, is an emblematic figure of Haitian culture. Author of some 40 works written in French and Creole, including Dezafi (1975) and Ultravocal (1972), he has received numerous literary prizes and distinctions. His latest play Melovivi ou Le Piège will be performed for the first time at UNESCO on 24 March.
UNESCO Artists for Peace are renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message. Musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), fashion designer Bibi Russell (Bangladesh), musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil), actress and singer Maria de Medeiros (Portugal) and writer Scott Momaday (United States) are among the names on the roster of UNESCO Artists for Peace.