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

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
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




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



Forthcoming Activities & Events

Island Chef
04-Jul-15
Island Chef Competition at Anchorage Hotel from 7 pm

Dive Fest Begins!
10-Jul-15
Dominica's Annual Dive Fest from July 10th to 19th, 2015. More info on the Dive Fest Dominica Facebook page.
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Dive Fest: Happy Hour at Fort Young Hotel
10-Jul-15
Happy Hour with Impromptu Band. Entrance is $20.
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Dive Fest: Discover Scuba/ Beginners Dive
11-Jul-15
Discover Scuba! Get an introduction to scuba diving in the pool. Minimum age is 8. All participants must sign waivers. Minors (under age 8) require parental signature. 9 am to 2 pm at Anchorage Hotel (448-2639) FREE.

Beginner's Dive is a chance to try out what you've learnt on a reef dive and explore the marine life. Minimum age is 12. All participants must sign waivers. Minors require parental signature.
9 am to 1 pm Anchorage Hotel
9 am to 1 pm at Purple Turtle Beach

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Dive Fest: Family Day & Turtle Hatching
12-Jul-15
At Rosalie Bay Resort. See Turtle's Live! From 11am to 3pm (446-1010)
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Dive Fest: Jazz Night
12-Jul-15
Jazz Night at Castle Comfort Lodge from 6pm to 10pm
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Dive Fest: Beginners Dive on the Reef at Coulibistrie
15-Jul-15
At Sunset Bay Club from 9am - 1pm - Minimum age is 12
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Dive Fest: Discover Scuba
15-Jul-15
At Sunset Bay Club. 9am - 1pm. (Minimum age 12) (446 6522) FREE

Dive Fest: Family Discount Whale Watching
18-Jul-15
Whale Watching trip with Anchorage Hotel. Departs 9 am. . (448 2638) Arrive at 8.30am.
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Dive Fest: Champagne REEF Kids Snorkel Treasure Hunt
18-Jul-15
Snorkel Treasure Hunt for children from Noon (minimum age is 8 yrs). Champagne Reef, Pointe Michel
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Dive Fest: Kubuli Canoe Race & Grand Finale BEACH PARTY at Soufriere
19-Jul-15
Dive Fest: Kubuli Canoe Race at 1 pm - Grand Finale featuring the Kubuli Canoe Races in Soufriere (Corporate team of 4 - $100, Private Team of 4 - $25). Spend the day in Soufriere! Trophy Presentation & Prize giving Ceremony at 6 pm. SOUFRIERE KUBULI BEACH PARTY - 6 pm
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August Monday (Emancipation Day)
03-Aug-15
Public Holiday

Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair
06-Aug-15
Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair at the UWI OPEN CAMPUS from August 6th - 9th, 2015. See the NILF on Facebook for details.
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Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair
07-Aug-15
Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair at the UWI OPEN CAMPUS from August 6th - 9th, 2015
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Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair
08-Aug-15
NILF will be held at the UWI OPEN CAMPUS from August 6th to August 9th, 2015. For more info visit NILF on Facebook.
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World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
30-Oct-15
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.
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World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
31-Oct-15
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.
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World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
01-Nov-15
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.
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National Day of Independence - National Day Parade
03-Nov-15
Public Holiday. The National Day Parade is held in the Stadium from 8 am.
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National Day of Community Service (Jounen Koudmen)
04-Nov-15
Public Holiday
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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...
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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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