Dominica’s biggest annual tourist attraction, makes a welcome return, the World Creole Music Festival, from October 28-30.
Through the festival, the indigenous culture and vibrant music will be celebrated. The government has also announced the Fringe calendar of events. October is independence season for Dominica, so they invite people all across the globe to celebrate with them through cooking events, amazing fetes, and so much more.
Dominica World Creole Music Festival is the only event in the region guaranteed to perform every musical genre from the Caribbean. From soca, dancehall and reggae to zouk, kompa, and bouyon, the three-day festival is a musical feast that also incorporates popular global sounds such as afrobeats.
The 2022 staging will be equally diverse, offering dancehall stars Shenseea and Dexta Daps, soca icons Patrice Roberts and Kes the Band, bouyon king Asa Banton, afrobeats ace Burna Boy and many more.
Having featured almost every who’s who in the Caribbean, the organisers Discover Dominica Authority, turned to the public for assistance in choosing the line-up for the 22nd staging.
Like every festival in the region, the World Creole Music Festival is returning after a two-year hiatus through pandemic restrictions.
The highlight of Creole Week is usually held at the end of October and leads into the country’s Independence Day celebrations on November 3.
Dominicans in the diaspora and visitors from around the Caribbean, particularly neighbouring islands such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Maarten/St Martin, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia, make the trip for the festival.
Marketing for the event began in February, with Trinidad and Tobago, the largest English-speaking market for Dominica among the major targets.
“The top three markets are the US, French West Indies and the Commonwealth Caribbean like St Lucia and Antigua but we really want to make greater inroads into Trinidad and Tobago,” event director Kimberly King said, stressing that Dominica is more than the festival and they are selling the entire experience that the Nature Isle has to offer.
In terms of transportation to Dominica, King said the island is accessible via different regional routes and there is a direct flight from Trinidad via Caribbean Airlines on Thursdays. CAL is also doing a specific return leg on October 31.
For those on the ground, particularly in the north of the island, there will be a shuttle from Portsmouth.
Beyond the main stage and the Carnival-like atmosphere usually created by the performers, the World Creole Music Festival offers visitors a true Dominican experience.