Tobago Prepares For Packed Cultural Calendar Come July

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Tobago Prepares For Packed Cultural Calendar Come July

It is going to be an active season of cultural festivities when the 2023 Tobago Heritage Festival begins on July 21st with an Opening Gala at the Shaw Park Complex.

Ms. Tobago Heritage Personality and Heritage Calypso Monarch will be part of the opening night.

The Tobago Heritage Festival returned last year, after going virtual the previous two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Festival takes place from July 21st through August 1st.

On July 22nd, the Plymouth J’ouvert and Ole Time Carnival takes place, followed by the Charlotteville Natural Treasures Day on July 24th.

Charlotteville’s Natural Treasures Day presents a full day of activities for visitors, including traditions such as the “Washing of the Dead Bed”, King Cocoa (dancing of the cocoa), and dirt oven baking.

On July 25th, the YAM Festival, Ole Time Village Market Experience, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Heritage Competition will be held in the village of Goodwood.

Then on July 26th, the village of Pembroke will host the Salaka Feast.

The event recreates an annual thanksgiving festival in celebration of African ancestors for their guidance and favour granted during the past year.

Other events comprising this year’s Festival are–Les Coteaux Folk Tales and Superstitions (July 27th), Rum Shop Lime in Scarborough (July 28th), Moriah Tobago Ole Time Wedding (July 29th), Tobago Harvest Experience in Speyside (July 30th) and the Sea and Pan Festival in Black Rock (July 31st).

The Emancipation Day Celebration, held in Crown Point, concludes the Festival on August 1st.