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

NTTC - National Tourism Tradeshow & Cocktail
30-Apr-16
At the Cabrits National Park. Don't miss the Tourism Trade event of the year! More info at www.dhta.org.
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DHTA's Hike Fest Origins 2016 ~ Hike 1: Kalinago
07-May-16
Hike four of Dominica's most iconic hiking trails accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides and health and safety professionals. This year, the theme is "Origins," tracing the footsteps of our ancestors.

Hike 1: Saturday, May 7 - Castle Bruce to Kalinago Barana Autê

This hike takes you through the Kalinago Territory, established in 1903 and home to Dominica's indigenous people. The trail winds along the rugged Atlantic coast, threading its way through quaint villages and lush fields and providing sweeping coastal views. Registration is at Dominica's Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) and is EC$50 per person per hike  Hike 3, Get 1 FREE.
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Jazz 'n Creole Fringe Events Begin
08-May-16
Jazz n' Creole Events, leading up to the Main Stage event at Cabrits National Park on May 15th, 2016.
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Poolside Jazz - Jazz n'Creole Fringe Event
08-May-16
Poolside Jazz at Rosalie Bay Resort.

Evergreen Hotel - Pan 'n Jazz Soirée - Jazz 'n Creole Fringe Event
11-May-16
Pan & Jazz Soiree at the Evergreen Hotel, Castle Comfort.
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Anchorage Hotel's Word, Sound & Power (Jazz Edition) - Jazz 'n Creole Fringe Event
12-May-16
Anchorage Hotel from 7 pm to Midnight. Entrance is $30 per person. Featuring Elijah Benoit, NJ30 from Barbados, poetry, and drumming. EC$50 for the buffet dinner.

VIP Boat Cruise from 12:00 am to 1:00 am Meet and mingle with the artists. VIP Passes are EC$100 per person.

Fort Young Hotel - Jazz n' Creole Fringe Event
13-May-16
Fort Young Hotel

Riverside Jazz... and Creole - Jazz n'Creole Fringe Event
14-May-16
Riverstone Bar & Grill in Belles from 3 pm. Featuring Michele Henderson in Jazz and Extasy band in Creole.

DHTA's Hike Fest Origins 2016 ~ Hike 2: European
14-May-16
Hike four of Dominica's most iconic hiking trails accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides and health and safety professionals. This year, the theme is "Origins," tracing the footsteps of our ancestors.

Hike 2: Saturday, May 14 - Capuchin to Cabrits

The final segment of the Waitukubuli National Trail begins at Canna Heritage Park in Capuchin. From there you follow Dominica's stony coastline south to the Cabrits National Park, home to Fort Shirley and a viewpoint for the site of the Battle of The Saints of 1782 where European powers clashed over colonisation of the island. Registration is at Dominica's Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) and is EC$50 per person per hike  Hike 3, Get 1 FREE.
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Evening Jazz - Jazz n'Creole Fringe Event
14-May-16
Evening Jazz at The Champs, Picard, Portsmouth.

Jazz 'n Creole at Cabrits
15-May-16
Held at Fort Shirley, Cabrits National Park from 2 pm to 9 pm. Featuring local, regional and international jazz artists.

The Jazz n' Creole 2016 Line-up includes Andy Narell, Cameron Pierre, Soft, élan parlé, and Cadence All-Stars.

After-Party at Prince Rupert's Tavern.

Jazz Fringe Events will be held the Week of May 8th 2016 - check our Calendar for details.
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DHTA's Hike Fest Origins 2016 ~ Hike 3:African
21-May-16
Hike four of Dominica's most iconic hiking trails accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides and health and safety professionals. This year, the theme is "Origins," tracing the footsteps of our ancestors.

Hike 3: Saturday, May 21 -Jacko Steps

This hike takes you along the stunning Layou River Gorge and through verdant rainforest to the iconic Jacko Steps, carved into the mountain by Maroons in the 1760s and named after legendary Maroon leader and revolutionary, Jacko. Registration is at Dominica's Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) and is EC$50 per person per hike  Hike 3, Get 1 FREE.
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Pork Festival
27-May-16
Pork Festival at Bagatelle from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, 29th 2016

DHTA's Hike Fest 2016 Origins ~ Hike 4: Creole
28-May-16
Hike four of Dominica's most iconic hiking trails accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides and health and safety professionals. This year, the theme is "Origins," tracing the footsteps of our ancestors.

Hike 4: Saturday, May 28 - Soufrière Estate to Geneva Estate

This trail takes you over the mountain ridge, through an old lime plantation where a cableway or "coulees" transported the harvest from Morne Acouma across the valley to the factory. End at Geneva, where mill ruins conjure images of a bustling coconut oil production plant and vibrant Creole society. Registration is at Dominica's Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) and is EC$50 per person per hike  Hike 3, Get 1 FREE.
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Pork Festival
28-May-16
Pork Festival at Bagatelle from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, 29th 2016

Pork Festival
29-May-16
Pork Festival at Bagatelle from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, 29th 2016

Giraudel-Eggleston Flower Show
04-Jun-16
Flower show held jointly by the two villages of Giraudel and Eggleston, located in the foothills of Morne Anglais. This years event will be staged under the theme "Flowers in a changing environment" from June 4th to 8th, 2016.

Sankofa - A Journey Back (Dance Performance)
04-Jun-16
Sankofa Performing Arts Academy presents "Sankofa - A Journey Back" - 8pm at the Arawak House of Culture. Tickets are EC$25.
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Dive Fest Begins!
08-Jul-16
Dominica's Annual Dive Fest from July 8th to 17th, 2016 More info on the Dive Fest Dominica Facebook page.
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Dive Fest: Kubuli Canoe Race & Grand Finale BEACH PARTY at Soufriere
17-Jul-16
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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Rabbit Festival
31-Jul-16
Rabbit Festival at the Cockrane Playing Field - 11 am till. You'll enjoy everything rabbit! Everything from a variety of tasty rabbit dishes, rabbit races, exhibitions, Games, Kids Corner, Face Painting and more..

Kalinago Week
19-Sep-16
Kalinago Week - A week of activities to showcase and celebrate Kalinago heritage.

Creole in the Park (Day 1)
24-Oct-16
Four Days of Creole fun in the Botanic Gardens, Monday through Thursday October 24th through 27th 2016

Creole in the Park (Day 2)
25-Oct-16
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

Creole in the Park (Day 3)
26-Oct-16
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

Creole in the Park (Day 4)
27-Oct-16
Week of Creole events, music, food and culture, held in the Botanical Gardens from Noon to 7 pm.

Creole Day - Jounen Kweyol
28-Oct-16
Creole Day

World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual) - Cancelled
28-Oct-16
Dominica's World Creole Music Festival is typically held over three nights at the end of October, featuring creole music from around the world: October 28th, 29th, 30th 2016.
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World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
29-Oct-16
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2016 Dates: October 28th, 29th, 30th.
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World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual)
30-Oct-16
Annual Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October. Features the best in creole music from around the world. 2016 Dates: October 28th, 29th,30th.
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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 Carnival Details...
details Calypso Details...

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

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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