Category: Festivals

Bunji Garlin revs up the crowd. Photo by Aaron Richards

A Trinidad festival guide for 2018: Carnival & so much more!

Carnival Here’s the 411 on our signature annual festival, which has spawned similar Trini-style Carnivals the world over, from New York to London and further afield! What’s all the fuss about? What it is: the annual street festival on the two days before Ash Wednesday that takes over the capital, and all major towns. Indeed

A Trinidad festivals calendar for 2017

In alphabetical order, here are some of the island’s most treasured festivals. For a full 2017 calendar of events, click here. Bocas Lit Fest The five-day Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival brings together readers, writers, poets, and publishers from the Caribbean diaspora each April for book launches, discussions, performances, readings, workshops, and the presentation of

A blue devil at the Canboulay Riots Re-enactment. Photo by Warren Le Platte

Trinidad Carnival 2017: the who, what, where, when, why

The Carnival season is like one large buffet. You can sample all of it over multiple courses; just some of it, by confining yourself to a few things which appeal to you; or none at all (which means leaving the restaurant altogether, to keep the analogy going). But the point is, there’s no right way

Masquerader. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

Trinidad Carnival: a Guide for 2016

Jamette consciousness: introducing Trinidad Carnival You’ll hear it in virtually every soca song: “Carnival is bacchanal” — which it is, on many levels. It’s also called “the greatest show on earth” — though a more accurate description might be “the world’s greatest street party”, or the “Mother of all West Indian style Carnivals”. But the

Machel Montano performs at CIC Fete. Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank, courtesy Machel Montano

Our Time — Trinidad Carnival in the New Millennium

Where We All Come Together As One It’s like carnival in Rio, but in English. Tens of thousands of costumed revellers take to the streets of the capital every year, a conquering army of marauding dancers that rolls through downtown Port of Spain on a wave of music. Diaspora Trinis fly in from freezing corners

Tribe Carnival band launch Trinidad. Photo: Ryan Kong

Endless Wuk — a Trinidad Carnival Guide

A brief history of Carnival The history of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago can be read as a history of banned things. When the French arrived in the1780s, they brought a tradition of pre-Lenten celebration, most visibly represented by masquerade balls. The island’s economy and society was supported by slave labour, and those slaves were

A masquerader with Brian MacFarlane revels in the Carnival experience. Photographer: Andrea de Silva

Trinidad Carnival in a Nutshell

Love it or hate it, it is a uniquely Trinidadian experience you are unlikely ever to forget

A blue devil at the Canboulay Riots Re-enactment. Photo by Warren Le Platte

The Birth & Evolution of Trinidad Carnival

Central to understanding much of the Trinidadian psyche is to understand the festival culture of the island. And no festival is greater than the Trinidad Carnival. The dynamism of the festival has sparked its reproduction throughout the rest of the Caribbean island chain, and as far away as Toronto, New York, Miami and Notting Hill. But everyone knows that Trinidad is the “mother of all West Indian carnivals”, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including international celebrities like Halle Berry. Its roots are here.