UNI 2019

Presents: Sans - Souci

Sans - Souci meaning “without worries”, was the name of the first royal palace in the Caribbean situated in Haiti. Built in 1810-1813, less than a decade after the Haitian independence victory, the Sans-Souci Palace, once referred to as the Versailles of the Caribbean, was the first palace of its kind in the new world that housed a black king and queen.

The Palace was built to show other civilizations that no matter the color of our skin, we were capable of building and enjoying the same luxury. The presentation will be a vision of what it would have been like to attend an evening at the court of such a marvelous palace.





Sans - Souci saw the return of Amanda Smith, member of Dance Theater of Harlem and star of UNI 2018's world premiere of MAGA.


UNI Sans - Souci featured renowned Haitian drummer Jean-Guy Fanfan Rene. Rene was joined by his wife, Sirene Dantor Rene, talented vocalist and Haitian culture preservationist.

UNI 2019 welcomed break dancer Steven Villsaint, and the pre-professional students of Vorhees Ballet Theatre.



Launched in 2003 by Jamaican born designer Glenroy March, House of D’Marsh has grown into a lifestyle brand that creates a synergistic blend of structure and design manifested in its couture and ready-to-wear collections.

Since its inception, D’Marsh Couture collections have graced runways in the Caribbean, the United States, Asia and Africa.

Designs by D'Marsh Couture modeled by Haitian top model Tasha Poupee.




 King Henry of Haiti came from the humblest beginnings imaginable, but that did not deter him from achieving greatness. Born a slave, he rose up in power as the self-proclaimed king of one of the most prosperous and desired islands of the Caribbean. He was a firm ruler who showed little mercy, but always saw to it that he ruled fairly. He was a lover of the arts, fashion, and etiquette, and was a faithful, fiercely loving husband to the end of his days. However, tragedy befell the king when he was abandoned by his subjects and closest friends. He fell very ill, and when he had nothing left to lose, he took it his own life with a bullet to his heart. To this day, King Henry’s spirit lives on atop the highest mountain and in the majestic ruins of his Sans-Souci palace.



 UNI and the Consulate General of Haiti in New York honor the following individuals who have contributed to UNI and the celebration of Haitian culture today.

Lionel Moise

Two-time Emmy Award Winning News Anchor & Host - Business Insider Today

Carl & George Daguillard

President & Vice President - Stellae International

Tony Delerme

Actor & Director



UNI Would like to thank the following donors, without whom this event would not have been possible.

The Consulate General of Haiti in New York

Lakou Cafe


Barbancourt Rhum

Special Thanks To:  Hospitality Holdings, Zoltan Pekic, Dr. Garfield AD Clunie, Deborah T Souverain, Carla A Maxime, Sung jin Park, Gandy Thomas, Lyndon Taylor, Jacob Hiss, Alexis Mondragon, Reginald Cetoute, Yolaine Cetoute, Marie-Roberte Lery, Yvena Despagne, Sandro Placide, Jerome Rieunau, Veronique Gauthier, Cristian Laverde, Jose Losada, and Juan Rodriguez.


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