Maikel van Hetten
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An Ode to Haiti
The heavy erathquake in Haiti, some days before the festival, had its consequences for the programme. The announced author Kettly Mars from Haiti was not hurt, but was not able to leave the island. Apart from that, Junot Diaz, the other announced author, was not able to travel, because of a (light) car accident. The festival decided to offer the audience another programme, about the literature and history of Haiti. Actor/singer Maikel van Hetten performed, with former newspaper correspondent in Haiti Linda Polman, the Surinamese publicist Sandew Hira and Lucia Nankoe, one of the programme-makers of Winternachten.