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

DOMFESTA
(May/June) Celebrating the Arts in Dominica....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

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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