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

Christmas Day
25-Dec-14
Christmas Day Public Holiday

Boxing Day
26-Dec-14
Boxing Day - Public Holiday

New Year's Day
01-Jan-15
Public Holiday

Carnival Monday
16-Feb-15
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.
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Carnival Tuesday
17-Feb-15
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.
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Good Friday - Public Holiday
03-Apr-15
National Holiday

Easter Sunday
05-Apr-15
Easter Sunday

Easter Monday - Public Holiday
06-Apr-15
National Holiday

May Day (Labour Day)
04-May-15
Public Holiday

Whit Monday
25-May-15
Public Holiday

August Monday (Emancipation Day)
03-Aug-15
Public Holiday

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...
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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