written by
Alex Holder
Images supplied by the Dominica Festivals Commission

As the vibrant rhythms of the Caribbean echo across the region, the anticipation for the World Creole Music Festival in the Commonwealth of Dominica is building to an exhilarating crescendo. From October 27th to 29th, 2023, Roseau will transform into a cultural haven, showcasing the rich tapestry of Creole music and heritage. Antiguans and Barbudans, with their deep-rooted connections to Dominica, eagerly anticipates this celebration of shared culture and history.

The World Creole Music Festival holds profound cultural significance, serving as a dynamic platform that honors the unique blend of African, European, and Caribbean influences that have shaped the rich tapestry of Creole music. With a lineup that promises to be nothing short of spectacular, the festival is poised to highlight the diversity and unity inherent in the Caribbean's cultural tapestry.

For many Antiguans, the bonds with Dominica are not just geographical or political; they are deeply ingrained in familial and cultural legacies. With a significant number of Antiguan nationals boasting first and second-generation connections to Dominica, the World Creole Music Festival acts as a bridge that connects the two nations, transcending borders and rekindling the spirit of shared heritage.


The cultural linkages between Dominica and Antigua are among the most significant in the Caribbean, fostering a sense of shared identity that transcends time and distance. Through the festival, both nations come together to celebrate their shared history, traditions, and the vibrant Creole spirit that pulsates through their communities.

As the World Creole Music Festival approaches, the rallying call among Antiguans, both at home and abroad to support the event in their numbers, grows stronger. The echoing call is out for united in support of one of Dominica's largest cultural stages, honoring the resilient spirit and rich cultural heritage that binds the Caribbean together. By celebrating the World Creole Music Festival, patrons not only pay homage to the artistic talents of the Caribbean but also reinforce the enduring cultural ties that have shaped the essence of a shared identity.

Let us embrace the spirit of camaraderie and unity, as we encourage all Antiguans to partake in this cultural extravaganza and extend their unwavering support to our fellow Caribbean nation, Dominica. Together, let us celebrate the harmonious fusion of our cultures, fostering a bond that transcends borders and resonates with the essence of the Caribbean spirit.