What’s going on in the Caribbean this summer?

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Looking to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture this summer? The Caribbean is home to dozens of events and festivals, including live concerts, dance shows, art events, competitions, parades and food fairs. Many events are steeped in history, and in years past have attracted celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rhianna and Elton John – to name a few! Anyone who participates in any one of these vibrant events is certain to remember it for the rest of their life. And if you can’t make it this summer, why not plan ahead for next year?

Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival – 5th to 14th May 2023

Started in 1992 and set in the stunning island of Saint Lucia, the Jazz & Arts Festival has grown to be one of the largest festivals in the Caribbean. Over the course of 10 action packed days, the Pigeon Island National Park is transformed into an enormous stage, brought to life with dancing, music, colour, and rum. 2023 is headlined by Sting, ex-bassist for The Police, and Shaggy, renowned Jamaican musician and rapper. The festival will feature local and international artists performing Afro Beats, Jazz, Gospel, Zouk, Reggae, pop, poetry – no matter what your music taste, you’re sure to find something to dance to!

Jamaica Reggae Sumfest – 16th to 22nd July 2023

Celebrate authentic reggae music in the place where it was born! As in the name, this festival is about all things reggae, a celebration of Rastafarian unity. Held in the beautiful Montego Bay, this week long event plays host to a series of festive beach parties, concerts and even musical workshops and seminars. Featuring famous Jamaican musicians such as Richie Spice, Minister Marion Hall and Morgan Heritage, it’s a fantastic place to experience the true, colourful, lively Jamaican culture at its finest.

Barbados Crop Over Festival – 2nd to 8th August 2023

The Crop Over Festival, dating all the way back to 1687, celebrates the end of the sugar cane season. The festival hosts a series of wonderful events, from arts and crafts, street food fairs and a traditional competition to be the King and Queen of the Crop Over. It officially starts on the delivery of the last sugar cane crop, and runs until the largest event, known as Grand Kadooment Day. It’s said that Barbadian world superstar, Rhianna, allegedly attends the Crop Over when she can, so keep an eye out!

Grenada Spicemas – 14th to 15th August 2023

It’s name comes from Grenada’s historical production of spices. Grenada celebrates its history and culture with vibrant parades through the town of St George and fantastical costumes. Participants dress as devils, known as Jab Jabs, in traditional feather headdresses, colourful face paint, and wave torches and glowsticks late into the night. If you go, be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting covered in paint and powder!

Festivals and music events are a fantastic way to experience Caribbean culture. These events are incredibly popular though, and hotels and resorts will book up quickly. With our personal knowledge of each island, Tropic Breeze can find you an incredible hotel within close distance of these celebrations. Pair a once in a lifetime experience with a once in a lifetime holiday!

To book your Caribbean holiday, call the travel experts at Tropic Breeze on 01752 880 880 or email info@tropicbreeze.co.uk

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