Celebrate Black History Month with Afro-Caribbean Culture in Martinique LIVE with PBS TV host Darley Newman
Learn about historical sites and island traditions with Darley’s award-winning PBS episode on Wednesday, February 24th at 12pm ET at France.fr.
New York, NY – February 8, 2021 - Join Emmy Award winning TV host and producer Darley Newman and France.fr to celebrate Black History Month with a LIVE Facebook Watch Party featuring Darley’s award-winning “Martinique Caribbean Culture” PBS episode on Wednesday, Feb 24th at 12pm ET. The event will feature the episode, followed by a live Q&A session with Darley and a special guest from Martinique.
Darley traveled throughout the island of Martinique in the French Caribbean to film two half hours of her popular series “Travels with Darley,” also on Amazon Prime. Taking a deeper dive into the island’s unique culture, she uncovered famous figures like Empress Josephine and modern poets, artists and politicians, including Aimé Césaire, one of the founders of the négritude movement.
Viewers who tune into the live will get to travel with Darley through her PBS episode, which won the Caribbean Broadcast Award for Best Travel Broadcast. Darley traveled through the capital city of Fort-de-France, to the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, a historical slave village, traditional markets, the Aimé Césaire Museum and to an ancient Créole sugarcane plantation to learn about rum Agricole.
“Many people are surprised to learn that behind Martinique’s beautiful beaches and lush fauna, there’s a host of a rich African heritage and history best explored with locals on the ground,” said Darley. “I’m excited to share this episode with its focus on Martinique’s colorful music, culture, art and history and further educate people on the diversity of the French Caribbean and its travel opportunities.”
Darley recently launched Darley Vacations in partnership with a leading Virtuoso Travel Agency to send travelers on the unique itineraries she developed over the past decade filming for her PBS series, including a vacation in Martinique. The new Darley Vacations offers intimate travel itineraries across the USA and around the world, featuring authentic food, culture and adventure experiences with locals as the guides, a hallmark of Darley’s storytelling.
“We are so excited and looking forward to Darley’s Martinique watch party” said Muriel Wiltord, Director of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “Her PBS episodes not only showcases our island’s beauty but also the richness and depth of our culture. Which leads me to say that Darley has contributed to Martinique awareness in the US, as well to the Island being named Best Emerging Destination in 2021 by TripAdvisor Muriel went on to say: “Viewers will be able to see for themselves what the Isle of Flowers has to offer.”
Learn more and RSVP to the live at Darley.link/martiniquelive.
A message from Darley:
About Darley Newman
Darley Newman is a travel expert, media entrepreneur, and author, who channeled her passion for travel and storytelling into a dream career. Cited by Forbes for her “PBS media empire,” she is the creator, producer, and host of internationally broadcast travel shows, Travels with Darley and Equitrekking. Recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for directing Travels with Darley, she’s received five additional nominations for hosting, writing, and producing and three wins for Equitrekking. Popularizing the niche genre of equestrian tourism through Equitrekking and most recently swimming with sharks in Dubai, free diving in South Korea and taking on the world’s highest commercial bungee in China, she is known for her out of the box adventure segments. Often appearing as a travel expert in leading media and a frequent speaker for Smithsonian Associates, her content can also be seen on Amazon Prime, Ovation TV’s Journy, and international broadcast and streaming networks in over 85 nations.
About Martinique (us.martinique.org)
The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. Hot off the press: Martinique named the world's top emerging destination by TripAdvisor for 2021. In late 2020, Martinique’s traditional Yole Boat was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Listi and the Isle of Flowers also earned Silver honors in Travel Weekly’s 2020 Magellan Awards as an Art & Culture Caribbean Destination. In December 2019 and for the second year in a row, Martinique was named “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Journal. The island was also recognized in January 2019 by OprahMag.com and in first place in their list of “The 19 Best Winter Getaways.” Martinique was also featured in the Caribbean Journal’s Best Caribbean Islands to visit in 2019. Martinique has also been featured in Travel + Leisure and the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.”