Holetown Festival, Feb. 18 to 25.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- From opera to gospel, street fairs to fish
fries, Barbados serves up plenty of tradition with its calendar of
festivals each year.
A listing of some of the major events for 2001 follows:
This festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers in
Barbados at Holetown in the province of St. James in 1627.
Highlights include street fairs and concerts.Holder's Opera Season, March 13 to 30.
Held at Holder's Hill in St. James, this event is a combination
of musical and theatrical performances.
Founded in 1993, Holder's season draws audiences and performers
from around the world.Oistins Fish Festival, April 14 to 16.
Taking place in the small town of Oistins in the province of
Christ Church, the program includes fishing, boat racing,
fish-boning competitions, a Coast Guard exhibition, fish fries,
arts and crafts showings and music.Congaline Street Festival, April 23 to May
This minicarnival in Barbados' capital city, Bridgetown,
features a daily exhibition forum and marketplace; musical
entertainment; local arts and crafts stalls, and plenty of
It culminates in a one-day band parade through the streets of
Bridgetown.GospelFest, May 20 to 27.
Also around since 1993, this festival attracts gospel musicians
from the U.S. and the U.K. along with other islands of the
Musical performances take place around the island in various
locations.Crop Over, July 14 to Aug. 6.
The festival originated on the island's sugar plantations as a
means for slaves to celebrate the end of the sugarcane harvesting
During this event, the island's residents and visitors alike
celebrate this tradition with street fairs, concerts, jump-up
parades and a variety of cookouts.
For further information or details on any of the festivals,
contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at (800) 221-9831 or visit
the BTA's Web site at www.barbados.org.