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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(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 about Dominica, books by Dominican authors...
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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

Dominica History Week
Dominica History Week (Simenn Listwe Dominik) October 12th to 16th, 2015 under the theme "The Road to Independence (1950-1978)"

Creole Wear (Had Kweyol)
Island Wide display of traditional wear

Market Day with a Difference - Marigot
Marigot Fisheries Complex from 8:00am

National Arts & Crafts Exhibition
At the Old Mill Cultural Center, 6 pm.

Creole Wear (Had Kweyol)
Island wide display of traditional creole wear

Market Day with a Difference - Portsmouth
Portsmouth from 8am

Erika Relief Concert
Indian River Facility, Portsmouth at 7 pm.

Creole Day - Jounen Kweyol
Creole Day

World Creole Music Festival (19th Annual) - Cancelled
Dominica's World Creole Music Festival is typically held over three nights at the end of October, featuring creole music from around the world. Due to damage from TS Erika in August 2015, the WCMF will not be held in 2015.

Creole Dress Parade
Look to the streets of Roseau at 11:00am

Pan in the City
Pan in the Streets of Roseau from 10 am

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

NCCU Cadence Lypso Show
At the Newtown Savannah. Tickets: $50 in Advance, $60 at the Gate, $125 VIP. This year the NCCU Cadence Lypso Show is an opportunity to demonstrate our resilience as a nation, showcasing our culture and celebrating our independence together. Proceeds will go to TS Erika relief.

Creole Bod Lame
6am on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard (Bayfront)

National Youth Rally
10:00am in the Windsor Park Sports Stadium

National Day of Independence - National Day Parade
Public Holiday. The National Day Parade is held in the Stadium from 8 am.

National Cultural Gala
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)
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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