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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Calypso
(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

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
Books about Dominica, books by Dominican authors...
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Music
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



Forthcoming Activities & Events

Cadence-Lypso Show
18-Oct-14
Newtown Savannah at 8.30 pm. Tickets are $50 at the Gate.

Heritage Day (Jounen Heritage)
19-Oct-14
Heritage Day is held in a different village every year. It is a celebration of the villages uniqueness; the people and aspects that make that village what it is. It is a day of appreciation where awards are given to outstanding individuals in that community.

World Creole Music Festival (18th Annual)
24-Oct-14
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2014 Dates: October 24th to 26th.
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World Creole Music Festival (18th Annual)
25-Oct-14
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2014 Dates: October 24th to 26th.
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World Creole Music Festival (18th Annual)
26-Oct-14
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2014 Dates: October 24th to 26th.
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Creole in the Park (Day 1)
27-Oct-14
Four Days of Creole fun in the Botanic Gardens, Monday through Thursday October 27th through 30th, 2014

Creole in the Park (Day 2)
28-Oct-14
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

Creole in the Park (Day 3)
29-Oct-14
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

National Youth Rally
30-Oct-14
9:00AM Windsor Park Sports Stadium

Creole in the Park (Day 4)
30-Oct-14
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

Creole Day - Jounen Kweyol
31-Oct-14
Creole Day

Creole in the North
02-Nov-14
Creole in the North is a cultural event staged by NNETEDC(North-North-East Tourism Environmental Development Committee) with activities and display of products and services. It started in 2011. Last year it was a great success with music, creole food and drinks. The venue is at Indian River Grounds in Portsmouth. Time: 2 p.m.

National Day of Community Service
04-Nov-14
Public Holiday
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Christmas Day
25-Dec-14
Christmas Day Public Holiday

Boxing Day
26-Dec-14
Boxing Day - 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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