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Trinidad Carnival 2020: what you need to know

From traditions with deep sacred, cultural roots in the island’s history, to parties pumping so hard you might seriously forget your name, and a street party like no other anywhere in the world, here we’ll introduce you to how the Trinidad Carnival season unfolds. Once you get a sense of what’s on offer, you’ll know what you want to indulge in, and — as we say here — “play yuhself”!

A Tobago festivals calendar for 2020

In alphabetical order, here are some of Tobago’s most treasured festivals, from Harvests and Heritage Festival to Jazz Experience and Great Fete

Elon Trotman at JAOTG. Photo courtesy Jazz Artists on the Green (JAOTG)

Nigel Campbell on Trinidad’s music, nightlife, and entertainment | Q&A

Veteran journalist and music businessman Nigel Campbell shares his insights into Trinidad’s rich and varied music scene, providing a comprehensive overview of the island’s distinct musical landscape

Photo courtesy Lisa Faye

Laura Dowrich-Phillips on Trinidad’s arts, culture, and entertainment | Q&A

Veteran journalist Laura Dowrich-Phillips chatted with Discover T&T about all things culture and lifestyle — from her favourite Trinidad festivals, fetes, and hangouts, to authors, artists, designers, and culinary treats

A young member of the Laventille rhythm section plays during the Laventille steelband Festival. Photo by Maria Nunes

Maria Nunes on Trinidad’s festivals | Q&A

Celebrated photographer and cultural activist Maria Nunes chats with Discover T&T about Trinidad’s unique festivals and cultural heritage

Penelope Spencer on Trinidad’s arts, entertainment, and festivals

Renowned actress, writer, producer, and educator Penelope Spencer chatted with Discover T&T about her favourite aspects of Trinidad’s arts, culture, and entertainment

Photo courtesy Buzo Osteria Italiano

Franka Philip and Ardene Sirjoo on Trinidad’s food, culture, and entertainment | Q&A

Journalists Franka Philip and Ardene Sirjoo chatted with Discover T&T about Trinidad’s distinctive arts, culture, entertainment, and culinary scenes

Bunji Garlin revs up the crowd. Photo by Aaron Richards

The best fetes for Trinidad Carnival & year round | Roundtable

Looking for the inside scoop on the best fetes during Trinidad Carnival, and all year ’round? Look no further. Our roundtable discussion with Nigel Cambpell, Laura Dowrich-Phillips, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo has you covered!

Kaisokah moko jumbies. Photo by Jason Audain

Trinidad Carnival — the perfect itinerary | Roundtable

The depth and breadth of Trinidad’s Carnival activities can overwhelm anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the culture and the festivities. Our roundtable discussion with Maria Nunes, Nigel Campbell, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo will help you develop your perfect itinerary

3 Canal J'Ouvert. Photo by Elliot Francois

Our time — Trinidad Carnival in the new millennium

This is the mother of all West Indian style carnivals around the world. The intoxicating mix of high-energy music and street performed by masqueraders, some in costumes 50ft tall, make the massive parade an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Candy Coated Love Fest is held on Carnival Friday. Photo courtesy Candy Coated Events

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 the 1780s, 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