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HRI 10th Edition Kigali - September 2023

Haiti Takes Center Stage 


Textile Apparel Leather Investment Forum

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the textile, apparel, and leather industries as you attend the prestigious Textile Apparel Leather Investment Forum. This exclusive event gathers industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and experts from around the globe, offering a unique opportunity to explore the latest trends, innovations, and investment opportunities in these dynamic sectors.

The Textile Apparel Leather Investment Forum goes beyond business and investment discussions. It also embraces the cultural and artistic aspects of these industries. Witness captivating fashion shows where talented designers showcase their creations, pushing the boundaries of creativity and setting new trends. 


Phelicia Dell & Veve Collections @ Africa A La Mode Fashion Show - Kigali Convention Center.

We are thrilled to announce the participation of our award-winning Haitian fashion designer, Phelicia Dell, in the prestigious "Africa à la Mode" fashion show at the Kigali Center. Phelicia Dell's remarkable talent and unique design aesthetics will join forces with renowned Rwandan designers, creating a fusion of styles and cultures that promises to dazzle the audience.

Phelicia Dell's designs have garnered international recognition for their innovative approach, blending traditional Haitian influences with contemporary elements. Her exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail, and commitment to sustainability have made her a trailblazer in the fashion industry.

As Phelicia Dell takes to the runway at the Kigali Center, expect to be captivated by her signature blend of vibrant colors, bold patterns, and intricate embellishments. Her collection will showcase the beauty of Haitian culture and pay homage to the country's rich history, while also incorporating modern twists that reflect her global vision.


A Haitian booth @ the Exhibition Pavillion - Kigali Convention Center.

The Haiti Booth at the Kigali Center exhibition pavilion is an extraordinary platform that highlights and celebrates Haitian craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, and resilience. It provides a unique opportunity for Haitian entrepreneurs and artisans to showcase their exquisite products and unrivaled craftsmanship to a diverse and international audience.

Located within the vibrant exhibition pavilion, the Haiti Booth becomes a captivating space that embodies the essence of Haitian culture and creativity. It serves as a hub of artistic expression, entrepreneurship, and cultural exchange, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Haitian craftsmanship.

The products displayed at the Haiti Booth are a testament to the immense talent and skills of Haitian artisans. From handcrafted artworks, sculptures, and paintings to intricately woven textiles, jewelry, and other artisanal goods, each item represents the dedication, expertise, and unique vision of its creator.


Allan Cavé @ Africa A La Mode Fashion Show - Kigali Convention Center.

Cavé has become a prolific songwriter, with a catalogue of songs and unreleased recordings in English, French, and Haitian Creole. When once asked what inspires him, he answered simply: “Life and people”. He said he would prefer to be remembered as writer and composer, as it takes not just talent, but passion, aspiration, discipline and hard work to write songs and release an album. He is a sought-after performer in the French-Caribbean community.

Cavé has collaborated with some known kompa artists and bands of the French Caribbean such as Malavoi, Mario DeVolcy, Tanya Saint-ValHaddy N'jie and Roy Shirley. In 2001 he launched his first solo album, Se Pa Pou Dat, which was an enormous success. This album seems to transcend barriers of language and cultural sound, with its melodies popular in Japan, Africa and South America, even though listeners may not understand the words. He continuous to have a solo career and has released five solo kompa albums. - Wikipedia


Ecole et Compagnie de Danse Vivianne Gauthier @ Africa A La Mode Fashion Show - Kigali Convention Center and other locations

Ancienne élève de Lavinia Williams, Professeure de culture physique à la Troupe Folklorique Nationale au Théâtre de Verdure et au Casino International, Professeure de danse à l’École Nationale des Arts (ENARTS), Vivianne Gauthier, la doyenne de la danse haïtienne a su mettre en valeur la richesse des rites traditionnels hérités de l’Afrique, tels : le Congo, le Nago, le Petro, le Rada.

Elle a totalisé environ 77 ans d`expérience dans sa profession, a légué à la postérité sa «Compagnie et son École de danse» et a pu transmettre sa flamme à bon nombre de jeunes. Elle a reçu, de son vivant, plus de trente (30) distinctions. 



Beethovas Obas @ Choose Kigali Restaurant and Art Gallery

Après son premier album, «  le chant de liberté  » qu’il dédie secrètement à son père disparu, (cf le titre “Yon dènye mo”) un dernier mot, tout s’enchaîne : Malavoi l’emmène en Martinique où il enregistre Nou Pa Moun. S’ensuivent, gloire et triomphe et les portes du succès lui sont ouvertes sur tous les continents. « Si…  » est l’album qui le mène aux étoiles et fait de lui une star internationale.

Son septième album longtemps en gestation, voit enfin le jour ! Une fois de plus Beethova a décidé de mettre l’Homme au centre du débat. Il nous invite à reprendre confiance en nous, même si le pays est décrié. Le titre de son nouvel album nous remonte le moral : « Bon Bagay » ! Oui ! Des gens bien.  -


Haitians Living in Africa Summit in Kigali

Imagine being part of an extraordinary gathering, the first-ever Summit of Haitians Living in Africa. This groundbreaking event brings together a diverse community of individuals who share a common heritage and a passion for growth, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence. The Summit offers a unique opportunity for you to connect, network, and learn from fellow Haitians living in Africa, opening doors to personal and professional development that can shape the trajectory of your future.

As you step into the Summit, you become immersed in an atmosphere of inspiration and possibility. The energy is palpable, with like-minded individuals gathered in one place, driven by a shared desire to connect, share experiences, and explore opportunities. The Summit becomes a melting pot of ideas, knowledge, and aspirations.

During the event, you engage in meaningful conversations, exchanging insights and perspectives with individuals who have navigated similar paths. Through workshops, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, you gain valuable knowledge and expertise from experts and thought leaders. The Summit becomes a platform for learning, where you can acquire new skills, expand your horizons, and gain fresh perspectives on various aspects of life, career, and personal growth.


Farah Thomas Williams and Fama Collections @ La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali

Farah Thomas Williams, also known as "Fama," is a Haitian-American fashion designer who embodies extravagance and impeccable style. Driven by her passion, Farah pursued her dream of becoming a designer, earning a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she was recognized with the esteemed "Best Collection" award. Farah soon embarked on a remarkable journey, working her way up from a retailer at White House Black Market to a production manager at Vera Wang.

With unyielding determination, Farah is now poised to share her passion and artistry with the world, as she aspires to establish herself as an elite Haitian-American designer in the industry. Brace yourself for the rise of Farah Williams, a visionary designer whose creations exude elegance and allure, leaving an indelible mark on the fashion world.


La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali

Welcome to La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali! La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali is a community center or gathering place specifically designed to provide a sense of home and belonging for Haitians living in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

In this space, Haitians in Kigali can come together, connect with one another, and engage in various activities that promote their culture, heritage, and well-being. It serves as a hub for social and cultural events, workshops, educational programs, and other initiatives that cater to the needs and interests of the Haitian community


The Rectangle

Introducing "The Rectangle," HRI's unique conference table designed to accommodate eight seats and include one non-voting member. The Rectangle is a symbol of inclusivity and collaboration, fostering a balanced and diverse environment for decision-making and discussions.

With its sleek and modern design, The Rectangle creates an atmosphere that promotes open dialogue and equal participation. The eight seats represent the core decision-making group, each with an equal vote and the ability to contribute to the conversation. These seats are typically occupied by individuals who have decision-making authority or hold key roles in the group.

The presence of the non-voting member adds an important perspective to the discussions. This individual may be an observer, an expert in a specific field, or someone representing an external stakeholder. Although they don't have voting rights, their input is highly valued and can significantly influence the decision-making process


Permanent art exhibition @ La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali

Immersing oneself in the captivating and enriching experience of exploring the permanent art collection at La Maison d'Haiti à Kigali is truly a journey of discovery and celebration. Nestled in the vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda, La Maison d'Haiti stands as a cultural haven, devoted to the promotion and appreciation of Haitian art, heritage, and creative expressions.

As you step into the center, you are greeted by a mesmerizing display of artistic brilliance that spans generations. The permanent art collection curated within the walls of La Maison d'Haiti showcases a remarkable and diverse range of artworks, each carrying the essence of Haiti's rich culture and history.

The collection serves as a testament to the immense talent and creativity that thrives within the Haitian artistic community. Paintings, sculptures, mixed-media installations, and other forms of artistic expressions come together harmoniously, telling stories and unveiling the unique perspectives of Haitian artists.


HRI Directorate

Behold the HRI 2022 Directorate, the esteemed governing body of the Haiti-Rwanda Initiative! The HRI Directorate represents the leadership and decision-making authority overseeing the collaborative efforts of the Initiative. 

The HRI Directorate holds a significant responsibility in ensuring the success and longevity of the Haiti-Rwanda Initiative. By fostering trust, collaboration, and a shared sense of purpose, it lays the foundation for a fruitful partnership that will contribute to the development and well-being of both Haiti and Rwanda.

Behold the HRI Directorate, a beacon of collaboration and progress, dedicated to strengthening the ties between Haiti and Rwanda for the betterment of their respective nations and the promotion of a brighter shared future.

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