• Responsible leisure
  • for inclusive and sustainable communities

International Festival of Caribbean Games and Leisure

The International Festival of Caribbean Games and Leisure is an annual itinerant leisure and educational event powered by the Thamani Foundation. This festival, with a cultural and human dimension, aims to promote the games and leisure activities of the Caribbean region, particularly Haiti, that are both traditional and contemporary. It will be much more about conveying messages through the different themes.

The festival will be expanded in various categories of activities both recreational and instructive such as open games days, conferences, forums, film screenings, training among others. All editions will have a specific theme, but will have a common goal of focusing on the importance of play and leisure in communities.

In addition, beyond the punctual realization of activities that are specific to the festival agenda, the FIJLoC will strive to initiate sustainable activities for the communities. They have to realize their right to leisure and become more involved in this process. Thus, the first game library of the Caribbean will be created with the research data collected before, during and after the festival. Strengthening communities, making them sustainable through edutainment is an ultimate goal that FIJLoC will aim to fulfill.

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Scientific Editorial

Beyond the inherent risks of our geographies and the interweaving of our colonial and post-colonial histories, the French-speaking Caribbean are plural and are rich territories of meaning and diversity, of polyphonic narratives. The richness of their space, of their landscape prepares to the production and the realization of leisure practices, and of the ludic traditions resulting from their insularity and from the transnationality of the circulation of games and traditional toys using their environment, rooted in their culture, their imaginary and in sociohistorical relations which link them with other territories by the sound, the language, the modalities, the contexts of production, the transmissions of ludic phenomena etc. In a sense, anchored in their Caribbean, African, North American, European and Amerindian origins, the traditional games and toys, the leisure activities of these territories (far from certain processes of occidentalization and inscribed in a discourse of return to the source, to semiotic and historical, cultural roots) are important to indulge in and to think about. ABeyond the territories, our plural singularities are in our common history, our languages and bilingual languages (Creole, French), our tropical landscapes, our literatures, we have traditional games and toys, leisure practices that link us, identify us, give us and refer to temporalities and events of our lives from our period of infancy to different periods of our biological life (funeral wake, baptism, marriage) and social (school, family, professional) from the urban environment to the rural environment.

We all play in a different way with everyday elements, material objects (wood, plastic), through body languages, gestures and languages that participate in the process of ludification and “making leisure” of what we possess as a playful heritage so exceptional.

If some of our games and leisure activities are subject to moral and religious prohibitions, our playful and festive commitments, sacred, individual and / or collective, allow us to see our lives as forms of resistance and subversion to fear, social and economic insecurity, climate change and natural hazards, we use leisure activities to live. And, we live through our hobbies, our traditional games and playful practices. This living is a living-together that makes our lakou, our communities spaces of playful and cultural significance, heritage towards those who participate in this social organization of life, our environments and our Earth. Haiti and the other Caribbean countries (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Saint-Martin) are in great need of a discursive, pedagogical and federative space where traditional games and toys and leisure activities can be emulated in a transnational and regional itinerant celebration.
And for the very first edition of the International Festival of Caribbean Games and Leisure (FIJLoC), powered by the Thamani Foundation, is meant to do so. Thus, Haiti is the host country of this event and Martinique the guest country.

Finally, after years of pandemics, acts of debunking historic statues, protests over Chlordecone cases, the strangest hurricane seasons of the 21st century in the West Indies (French overseas departments) and other Caribbean territories, social movements and peyi lòk in Haiti, the FIJLoC, through its annual theme: “Responsible leisure for inclusive and sustainable communities” invites you from August 6 to 16, 2023 to think, to share, to co-construct leisure that hold to promote inclusion, diversity and the preservation and sustainability of our human, digital and cultural communities, alive.
Playfully yours!

Théophilo Jarbath

Scheduled activities

  • Film screenings
  • Conferences
  • Mural paintings
  • Training for teachers and adults
  • Exhibition
  • Workshops of playful animations
  • Workshops for games and toys making
  • Game Days
  • Traditional games competition
  • Video footage
  • Play Camp
  • Ludo-musical show
  • Masterclass


The activities of the FIJLoC are rich platforms, full of meaning, diversity and a strong educational and festive character. In addition, their sustainability lies in the impact of their contribution to the life of their communities.

Our audience

  • Children, teenagers, young people
  • Teachers, educators, principals, librarians, and others
  • Parents, families
  • Community development officer, health officer, community organization leaders

Nearly 3,000 festival attendees are expected to attend this edition of the festival, which promotes both inclusion and community sustainability. They will be men, women and children of all ages and genders from the host cities and surrounding areas. This cultural event focuses on a participatory approach and a proximity with the public so that the audience is both a beneficiary and a stakeholder.

Impacted individuals/area

Areas of intervention

  • Carrefour
  • Gressier
  • Léogâne
  • Grand-Goâve
  • Petit-Goâve

Guest country : Martinique

Martinique will be honored for this edition. Due to its similarities with Haiti in some playful practices, we will ensure that they are put in the spotlight.

Our Team


Théophilo JARBATH

Founder & Scientific Director

Wismy Faustin

Creation Manager

Kathie Nephta Jarbath

Administrative and Logistics Officer

Anderson Andral

Cultural and educational activities officer


Daniel Doresca

Graphic designer

Nathanael Lenny A. V. Benjamin

Communication Officer

FIJLoC is at your doorstep 🙂

The next edition of FIJLoC is expected to take place this summer 2023. Stay tuned on our social networks!