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Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival 2017

  • Didier Lockwood
  • Gonzalo Rubalca
  • Malou Beauvoir
  • Mikaben
  • Rachard Bonas
  • Trokers Ml

This year’s Festival International de Jazz de Port-Au-Prince marked the 11th anniversary of an event that has grown year on year over the past decade to become one of the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean. Not only does the annual festival draw in celebrated artists and jazz fans from all over the world, it is helping to reaffirm all that is worth celebrating about this beautiful island as it emerges from an often troubled and tragic history.

From Kreol Magazine in 2016, Milena was asked, “How the event had gone from humble beginnings to become the international success story it is today – and what prompted the idea for a jazz festival in Haiti in the first place anyway?”

One of the main driving forces behind the festival was and still is Joël Widmaier, who is President of the Haiti Jazz Foundation, the body that stages the event every year.

Joel was instrumental in getting the event off the ground (in 2007) and the original idea was to have a musical event that would have universal appeal, such as a jazz festival, and to be able to draw in people from all over the place.

In the early years, the number of performers was around half what it is now. Performances back then numbered three to four a day compared to the eight or more at this year’s event, adding up to more than 30 concerts spread over the eight days of the festival. Attendances at the concerts have also steadily increased since the early days as news has spread beyond the balmy shores of Port-Au-Prince. This year’s event, for instance, featured well known international jazz musicians such as Canadian Oliver Jones, Thomas Siffling from Germany, local group the Haitian All Jazz Stars, and a host of other big names.
The original idea to put on an event that had popular appeal has also grown over the years and is very much seen as a tool to attract not only jazz fans to the island, but tourism in general.

There are a lot of jazz festivals in the Caribbean, so we wanted to broaden our appeal by creating more of a music festival, and make it one of the biggest in the region that will bring more visitors to Haiti,” elucidated Milena.

Packages

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Royal Decameron
    (Beach Hotel – All inclusive).
  • Day 2: Day at the Beach
  • Day 3: Transfer to PAP: Visit of Village de Noailles,
    City Tour of Port-Au-Prince.
  • Transfer to Hotel and night: Jazz Festival.
  • Day 4: Departure

Program & Artists:
Entrance for the concert of March 11.
A T-shirt of the Festival
VIP table reserved
Access to the After-Hour festivities
1 cocktail offered at the After-Hour

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival and Transfert to Royal Decameron (Beach Hotel – All inclusive).
  • Day 2: Day at the Beach
  • Day 3: Transfert to PAP: Visit of Village de Noailles and City Tour of Port-au-Prince (Museums, the palace). Transfert to Hotel and night: Jazz Festival.
  • Day 4: Visit the Mountains of Haiti (Day at Belot)/ Night: Jazz Festival.
  • Day 5: Departure

Program & Artists:
Entrance for the concert of March 4 and March 5th.
A T-shirt of the Festival
VIP table reserved
Access to the After-Hours
1 cocktail offered at the After-Hours

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival and Transfert to the Hotel in Pétion-Ville – Jazz night.
  • Day 2: City Tour of Port-au-Prince. Transfert to Hotel and night: Jazz Festival.
  • Day 3| Day 4: Check-out| Transfer to the Mountains | Visit and spend 2 nights.
  • Day 5|Day 6| Day 7: Days at the Beach at Royal Decameron Beach Resort an all inclusive Hotel
  • Day 8: Transfert to PAP| Visit of Village de Noailles and to the Hotel| Jazz Night
  • Day 9: Departure

Program & Artists:
Entrance for the concert of March 4, 5 and 11.
A T-shirt of the Festival
VIP table reserved
Access to all After-Hours
1 cocktail offered at the After-Hours
A gift bag with the Jazz Festival Souvenirs

Prices include:

  • Meet and greet at the Airport by Explore Haiti staff
  • Accommodation in charming hotel (standard Room) or guest house (When staying at Royal Decameron, the Hotel is ALL INCLUSIVE)
  • Transport by Car or bus (With A/C) with a qualified driver
  • Breakfast is included for Hotels in Port-au-Prince (4 stars) and in the mountains (Auberge)
  • A Tour leader guide
  • Cooler with bottled water at all times during the bus transfers
  • Wi-Fi on the bus.

Prices do not include:

  • Flights to HAITI
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Tips, souvenirs and personal expenses
  • Supplement for Lunches: $10 -15USD/pax per day
  • Supplement for dinners: $20 - $30USD/pax per day
Jazz in the Sun
from $585.98*

3 Nights | 4 Days

2 days at the beach

1 day in Port-au-Prince

City Tour of Port-au-Prince

1 Jazz Festival

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Celebration
from $768.28*

4 Nights | 5 Days

2 days beach

2 days Port-au-Prince

City Tour of Port-au-Prince

Mountain Excursions

2 Jazz Festival

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Jazz'n Discovery
from $1238.53*

8 Nights | 9 Days

3 days at the beach

3 days in Port-Au-Prince

2 days in the Mountains

City Tour of Port-au-Prince

Mountain Excursions

3 Jazz Festival

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* (10 pax min based)
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