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

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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Pan in the City
25-Oct-14
Seen throughout Roseau from 10:00am

Market Day with a Difference
25-Oct-14
Roseau from 8:00am

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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Kweyol Bod La Me
26-Oct-14
Dame Eugenia Charles Blvd, from 6:00am

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.

E.O. Leblanc Distinguished Lecture Series
28-Oct-14
7:00pm at the Fort Young Hotel

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.

Wata Fest
29-Oct-14
Wata Fest - runs from Wednesday 29th October - Sunday 2nd November in Wesley

Madame Wob Dwiyet Pageant
30-Oct-14
8:00 PM at Arawak House of Culture, Roseau.

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 Dress Parade
31-Oct-14
Look to the streets of Roseau at 11:00am

Fete Lapwet
01-Nov-14
Pointe Michel Highway fete. Runs Saturday - Sunday

Market Day with a Difference
01-Nov-14
Portsmouth from 8am

Ti Matador Creole Pageant
02-Nov-14
Ti Matador Creole Pageant at the Arawak House of Culture, from 3:30pm

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.

Creole in the North
02-Nov-14
Creole in the North - held at the Indian River facility, Portsmouth from 10:00am

National Day of Independence - National Day Parade
03-Nov-14
Public Holiday. The National Day Parade is held in the Stadium from 8 am.
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National Cultural Gala
03-Nov-14
3:00 pm in the Botanical Gardens (Performances, Traditional Dancing, Jing Ping Bands, Art and Craft Exhibition, Folk Music CD's and Books on sale)

National Day of Community Service (Jounen Koudmen)
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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