It felt so good to be back on the island for this amazing month of May! From having lived here for a few years now, I can safely say that Dominica’s social calendar is always packed, and there is always something to do!
And if you were here in May, you’ll probably attest of the fact that these were certainly some of the 5 most awesome events that happened on the Nature Isle!
1. “Beats & Bites” Choral Cocktail, by the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers
The Sixth Form Sisserou Singers (commonly known as “SFSS” or “Sisserou Singers”) is a leading choral on the island, that aims at promoting personal and artistic development through music, while ensuring the maintenance of traditional music and folklore. The choir has been in existence for more than 20 years now, and annually hosts a production. This year, the concert was geared towards a specific purpose, and parts of the profits were donated to support the Lupus Foundation of Dominica.
And yes I was there… I performed:)
2. The Bagatelle Pork Festival
A full weekend of groovy music, friendly ambiance and culinary delights of pork cooked in all possible and “thinkable” ways, the Bagatelle Pork Festival was a “must-attend”. Hosted in the vibrant community of Bagatelle, it featured popular local bands and artists. The festival took place from Friday, May 26th to Sunday, May 28th. And yes: people danced all night away.
3. International Fiesta
Dominica has embraced multiple nationalities and cultures, and in honor of this, the Cultural Division presented an International Fiesta on May 27th, with a rich culinary experience as a celebration of Dominica’s cultural diversity, with drinks tasting, an art exhibition and a fashion show. The International Fiesta was a part of the DOMFESTA (Dominica Festival of the Arts) yearly event.
4. Africa Week
Africa week was observed from May 19h – 25th and forms part of the observance of the 54th anniversary of the signing of the African Liberation Day Charter. The event, which is an annual occurrence, was organized by the House of Nyahbinghi in collaboration with Government of Dominica, the National Youth Council of Dominica, the Cultural Division, All Saints University- African Students Council and other partners. The purpose of this annual event is to reconnect with one’s African roots, and the week is made of several events such as fashion shows, information symposia and an Africa Day Rally. Africa week was also observed as part of the DOMFESTA (Dominica Festival of the Arts) yearly event.
5. The French Quarter Street Jazz Festival
While the city is waiting with enthusiasm for the coming of the Jazz and Creole festival set to take place this Sunday, several fringe events have been taking place in preparation and with anticipation for the “big day”.
Tonight, the French Quarter Street Jazz Festival was hosted at the Urban Garden Cafe, one of Roseau’s top night life spots. The event featured local bands (such as the 8th Note and the Smith Brothers), alongside with young musicians from the Nature Isle.
Whether you were in (or rather, out) just to chill with friends or simply to have a drink after work, the Urban Garden Cafe was the place to be tonight! And we can all agree, there’s no such thing as “too much jazz”!
And you, which events did you think were the most awesome for the month of May? And which events did you attend? Let me know in the comments below!