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A Trinidad festivals calendar for 2017

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 […]

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

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 […]

Trinidad Carnival: a Guide for 2016

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 […]

Our Time — Trinidad Carnival in the New Millennium

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 […]

Trinidad & Tobago Celebrations & Festivals

Trinidad & Tobago Celebrations & Festivals

Few things speak more eloquently to Trinidad and Tobago’s reputation as a place where people like to party, and as a multi-cultural melange, than the quantity and variety of festivals on the national calendar. (For an even greater number than listed here, visit our Calendar & Events page). Antigua says it has 365 beaches: one […]

Endless Wuk — a Trinidad Carnival Guide

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 […]

K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman

K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman

The story behind their designs; the journey to making the band; Trinidad’s vs Brazil’s Carnival; and re-claiming Trinidad’s mas

Trinidad Carnival in a Nutshell

Trinidad Carnival in a Nutshell

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

The Birth & Evolution of Trinidad Carnival

The Birth & Evolution of Trinidad Carnival

Central to understanding much of the Trinidadian psyche is to understand the festival (Carnival) culture of the island

The Trinidad Carnival Season

The Trinidad Carnival Season

The ritual of Carnival involves more than buying a costume and jumping in the streets for two days. Let us initiate you into the customs of Carnival

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