Afoutayi Festival Welcoming Party

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Join us welcoming Afoutayi Haitian Festival artists and performers!

10/05/2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts Festival Kicks Off its 9th Year
Bienvenue & akeyi !

The Alliance Française is excited to welcome all to a social evening opening Afoutayi’s 9th annual Haitian cultural festival. This event is in partnership with Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts Company. The week-long festival starts with a welcome party at the Alliance Française from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, Oct 5.

That evening, guests have the opportunity to meet and greet performers and artists who make the festival possible. Additionally, the Alliance will provide beverages and snacks to accompany the evening’s raffle. This will also be the last chance to purchase festival tickets at a reduced, early bird rate! You don’t want to miss out!

Join AFMSP and festival performers and presenters in the Alliance’s Grande Salle for the social soirée. This event is open to the general public with a suggested donation of $10 – $15 for participants. We invite you to discover the Afoutayi festival and Alliance Française!

RSVP in advance here or by calling the Alliance at 612 332 0436.


Ticket pricing for other festival events are as follows:

1. Adults $30 show, $40 show + meal
2. Students age 12+/Seniors = $27 show, $37 show + meal
3. Kids 3-11 $17 show, $24 show + meal

With the early bird discount, tickets are only:

1. Adults $23 show, $33 show + meal
2. Students age 12+/Seniors = $20 show, $30 show + meal
3. Kids 3-11 $10 show, $17 show + meal

Afoutayi’s Story

The Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts Company was founded in 2009 by Djenane Saint Juste. As a native of Haiti, Saint Juste immediately noticed the lack of Haitian culture and art in San Francisco, so she decided to do something about it.  She created the company to fill that cultural void. Her mission was to promote Haitian heritage through cultural expression via music, art, dance and history.

Through her experiences as a seasoned choreographer, dancer, actress and vocalist specializing in Haitian traditional dance and folklore, Saint Juste built a community and eventually a festival. First formed in 2010, the Afoutayi Festival takes themes, activities and the arts to bring Haiti to the people. The annual festival is intentionally held near the anniversary of the Battle of Vertières: a battle which defined the 1803 Haitian War of Liberation.

Afoutayi is a family collaboration with Saint Juste’s mother, Florencia Pierre, and brother, Jeff Pierre. Together, they bring artists across disciplines from Haiti and the United States to participate in the annual festival celebration, along with other classes, performances and community-based events throughout the year.


Afoutayi Haitian Cultural Festival
October 7 – 14 2018

If you are unable to participate in our welcoming party for Afoutayi Haitian Cultural Festival, please consider attending one of the following events in the series:

Sunday, 10/7 – Community Gathering and Soccer Game

Monday, 10/8 – Haitian Vodou Blessing Ceremony & Haitian Dance Workshop

Tuesday – Thursday, 10/9 – 10/11 – Folk Dance & Drum Workshops

Friday, 10/12 – Live music performance and traditional Haitian Dinner

Saturday & Sunday, 10/13 – 10/14 – Theatrical Dance performance featuring live song

You can find the event schedules, descriptions and more information on the festival here.


Contact Us!

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
227 Colfax Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tel: 612 332 0436

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