The Nature Island Hosts Cultural Events in Honor of Their Independence Celebrations
With a number of festive, authentic and traditional Creole events occurring throughout October and November, Dominica is giving travelers even more reasons to visit â€œthe Nature Island.â€ In addition to its numerous nature based attractions and activities, the destination has planned some unforgettable events leading up to Dominicaâ€™s 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival, the social extravaganza of the year.
“This is an exciting time of year for visitors to be in Dominica,â€ comments Colin Piper, Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. â€œIt is when the heart and soul of our country, and who we are as a people are reflected through the events and festivities taking place. We welcome visitors to come experience this first hand and see and feel it for themselves.”
Heritage Day â€“ October 25, marks Heritage Day, a day where villages are recognized and awarded for their uniqueness. Each year a different village is recognized. It is an opportunity to highlight individual, community and institutional achievements. This year, Dominica is recognizing the village of Giraudel Eggleston and Dominicans will roam their streets showcasing the townâ€™s cultural music, dance and food.
Creole In The Park â€“ On October 26 â€“ 29, Dominica will hold their 7th annual LIME Creole in the Park, which was established for a daytime event during Dominicaâ€™s Independence celebrations. The four day event is held at the historic Botanical Gardens and features performances from local, regional and international artists. The event blends traditional Creole music with steel pan drums, with the delectable aromas of local cuisine.
World Creole Music Festival â€“ Highly anticipated by fans of this style of music throughout the world, the 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival will be held October 30 â€“ November 1, 2009. A well-established Caribbean and International platform for artists of the genre, the festival is widely seen as one of the only truly indigenous music events in the Caribbean. Over the years, the festival has attracted some of the most renowned musical groups and soloists from the Creole-speaking world.
This yearâ€™s line-up includes but not limited to; acts from Swinging Stars, La Perfecta, Caribbean Vibes and solo artists; Sweet Mickey, Michele Henderson and Maxi Priest. Past artists have included such premier acts as Exile One, Kassav, Gramacks/New Generations, Tabou Combo and others as well as solo artists like Sean Paul, Ophelia, Tania St. Valle, Sakis and Franky Vincent.
Independence Day â€“ On November 3, Dominica will celebrate its 31st year as an independent nation with an array of cultural events, parties, traditional music performances, folklore and dances. During this time, citizens and friends of Dominica unite to celebrate and reflect on the progress and development that has taken place over the years and to reaffirm their commitment to building a better future for â€œthe Nature Island.â€ Many milestones have been reached over this period of 31 years and this is an opportunity to highlight, individual community and institutional accomplishments.