“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”S. Kierkegaard
Paris New York Heritage Festival is a historical and contemporary journey to the heart of African, African American, Latin, Latin American, and Indigenous arts, with stops in Paris, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, Johannesburg and Los Angeles.
The event pays tribute to these major artists of the 20th century, who have left their mark on world musical culture. It pays tribute to those past, present and future artists who, through history, have influenced today's cultural heritage and is intended to be a vehicle for these intergenerational values and beliefs.
Every year for the past 4 years, the festival has been organized around an original theme related to these cultures. The first editions highlighted the great richness of African and Latin American cultures, their interactions with Africa, the United States, and Europe. It emphasized their influences, developments and origins, which are intimately connected to community, social, and political struggles. Their roots all have a common basis, the desire for recognition of their existence and humanity. Music became and still remains a universal tool for connection and communication.