Dominica: Culture & Events

Dominica's Culture & Events

Our rich cultural heritage comes from our
West African, Carib, French and English influences.

For Dominica's Annual Events, click here.

Forthcoming Activities & Events, click here


Events in DominicaEvents

Mas Domnik
(Feb/Mar) Carnival is an important part of our culture...
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(Dec-Mar) Dominica's Calypso- social commentary with a twist! Read more

Dive Fest
(July) Dominica's Annual Scuba Diving Festival- fun for everyone in & on the waterplus parties and land events too!Meet the Mermaids...Read more

Nature Island Literary Festival
(Aug) Celebrate, discuss and promote literature in Dominica....Read more

Independence Celebrations
(Oct/Nov) Creole Culture, Heritage, and Independence...
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World Creole Music Festival
(Oct/Nov) Three days of Creole Music - concerts and events. Read more

Creole LanguageCulture
Creole Language
Our basic introduction the the Kweyol language...
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Traditional Wear

Learn about our beautiful traditional dress... read more

Traditional Dancing

Learn the traditional folk dances of Dominica: the Bélé, Quadrille and more... read more

Carnival Traditions

Learn about the traditional costumes, styles and sounds of Dominica's carnival... read more

The Kalinago People (Caribs)
The original inhabitants of Dominica are the Kalinago, formerly known as the Caribs... read more

Heritage From A to Z
Dr. Lennox Honychurch explains many terms and historical facts about Dominica's heritage... read more

Carib Canoe Crossing Project
(May) Trainingg for this historical re-enactment all year long, the Welcome Ceremony in Dominica is May 3rd, 2008. Read more

Traditional WearThe Arts
Books about Dominica, books by Dominican authors...
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Dominica's Calypso... read more
Music in Dominica... read more

Dominica's Cultural Icons
Authors, poets and artists who helped shape the arts in Dominica... read more

Traditional WearKalinago Blood
Historical Fiction Novel based around the story of Carib Warner. Written by Dominica author Alick Lazare... read more

Forthcoming Activities & Events

Showdown Mas Camp
Harlem Plaza, Newtown.

Calypso Semi-Finals
Calypso Semi-Finals

Carnival Princess Show
Carnival Princess Show - 3pm at Harlem Plaza, Newtown. Children: $5 & $10. Adults: $15. Seated $25

Opening of Carnival in Portsmouth
The 2015 Carnival season officially launches in Portsmouth, from 5 pm.

Stardom Calypso Tent
Every Wednesday before Carnival at Sisserou Hotel in Castle Comfort.

The Miss Dominica Pageant (National Carnival Queen Show)
The Miss Dominica Pageant held in Carnival City at Windsor Park Stadium - 8 pm.

Carnival Mothers Queen Show
Arawak House of Culture

Grand Bay Carnival Opening
The south-east village of Grand Bay celebrates the Opening of the Carnival season

Carnival Teenage Pageant
Teenage Pageant at Carnival City from 5.30 pm

Lagoon Street Jam
Lagoon Street Jam from 8.30 pm on Independence Street

Stardom King of the Tent
Calypso! Stardom Tent Finals at Carnival City from 8.30 (Pottersville)

Showdown Mas Camp - Champ of the Camp
Showdown Mas Camp - Champ of the Camp at Harlem Plaza, Newtown.

Calypso Monarch Finals
Finals of the 2015 Calypso Monarch Competition

Pan Saturday Street Performances - Roseau

Kiddie's Carnival & Mini Carnival Bord la Mer
Mini Carnival Bod La Mer and Kiddies Carnival

Carnival Monday
Carnival Street Parade - The Real Mas. Starts with J'Ouvert at 4 am followed by Traditional Old Mas Parade, School Bnads and T-Shirt Bands. 10 am to dark.

Carnival Tuesday
Carnival Street Parade - Last Lap of The Real Mas. Traditional Costume Parade, Costume Bands 'Play Mas' from 10 am til dusk. The new Carnival Queen & Calypso King are introduced during Tuesday's Parade.

Vaval Celebrations are held in the Kalinago (Carib) Territory and Dublanc, featuring a bonfire and marking the beginning of Lent. (Ash Wednesday)

Good Friday - Public Holiday
National Holiday

Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday

Easter Monday - Public Holiday
National Holiday

May Day (Labour Day)
Public Holiday

Whit Monday
Public Holiday

August Monday (Emancipation Day)
Public Holiday

World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2015 Dates: October 30 to November 1st.

World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2015 Dates: October 30 to November 1st.

World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2015 Dates: October 30 to November 1st.

National Day of Independence - National Day Parade
Public Holiday. The National Day Parade is held in the Stadium from 8 am.

National Day of Community Service (Jounen Koudmen)
Public Holiday

More details on Dominica's Events can be found here.

Annual Events

Here is a Quick Reference to Dominica's major events by month.

February/March: Carnival and Calypso. details Details...

May/June: Hike Fest, the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and Domfesta... details Hike Fest Details...
details Domfesta Details...

June/July: Dive Fest. The Kubuli Canoe Race is a highlight of this event. details Details...

August: Cochrane's Rabbit Festival and the Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair.
details Rabbit Festival Details...
details Literary Festival Details...

October: World Creole Music Festival. details Details...

November: Independence Celebrations. . details Details...

December: Christmas Celebrations.

Throughout the year many communities have village feasts. Examples are the Feast of St. Peter (held in West coast fishing villages like Dublanc), La Salette in Pointe Michel, or Fete Isidore in Grand Bay. Usually held over a weekend, the feast may start with a church service, followed by events throughout the day, and culminates in a dance in the village hall or school.

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