Frankitienne2From a poetry-infused dramatic interpretation to a scholarly discussion on language, Haitian literary great Franketienne delighted audiences at the 2013 D.C. Francophonie Festival.

His first stop was at La Maison Francaise, where he moved about the stage depicting the chaos that sometimes occurs in male-dominated societies. The play, “Delirium of the Fallen Predator,” co-sponsored by the Embassy of Haiti, showed attendees the range of Franketienne’s performance talents April 3.

At the Embassy of Haiti, Friday, April 5, Franketienne led a conference that dissected the complex and sometimes delicate balance of language in Haiti. Creole and French took center stage at the interactive session.

“We were thrilled to host a literary giant,” said Paul G. Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States.

Stephane Calvin Rosenberg, president of this year’s Francophonie Festival and cultural director at the Embassy of Haiti, organized the events. Click here for a schedule of remaining festival events.

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