All Jazzed Up
A music showcase for Jazz aficionados featuring the best of Caribbean Jazz artistes in collaboration with local independent acts.
The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition which promotes the nation’s culture through drama, song, music, dance, handicraft and environmental; will feature the best of Best Village the top three winners in the performing categories.
CARIFESTA XIV will also host the climax of the La Reine Rive competition; Le Gran Z’Affaire which features delegates in evening wear and the crowning of Miss La Reine Rive 2019.
Caribbean Country Night
Each country is given an opportunity to showcase its artistic production reflective of the country’s culture and heritage. For the duration of the Festival four countries will be featured each night.
Children's Variety Show
Young performers from T&T, the Caribbean and the diaspora will be given an opportunity to showcase their talents at the variety show.
The Closing Ceremony signals the end of CARIFESTA XIV and the passing of the proverbial “baton” of the Festival onto the next CARIFESTA Host Country, Antigua, and Barbuda, for CARIFESTA XIV. Please note that FREE tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies will be available from August 13th, 2019 at the CARIFESTA XIV Secretariat, Corner Jerningham Avenue, and Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Community Festival Tour
The Community Festivals will offer captivating expeditions to demonstrate the life, customs, and cultures of various communities within Trinidad and Tobago. The food, craft, music, dance and the heritage of these locations will be the highlight. The delegations will have an opportunity to perform at locations across Trinidad and Tobago.
Interactive sessions with the region’s creative experts.
This will be a culinary showcase of the best food and drink of the Caribbean with featured dishes, culinary competitions and signature drinks along with musical accompaniment.
The focus of the Dance showcase will be on iconic works from some of the leading dance companies and choreographers locally and in the region.
This drumming show will celebrate the different types and styles of drums in the Caribbean in a unique and engaging concert.
East Indian Cultural Showcase
To showcase the diversity and richness of East Indian culture to visitors and contingents, through the medium of Dance, Music, Theatre and Food.
This event category will illustrate the creative genius and talents of regional fashion designers and will feature; Fashion Showcases, Pop Up Events, Capsule Shows and Regional Buyers Trade Mission will facilitate business meetings between designers and buyers with the aim of buyers placing orders and purchasing designer pieces.
CARIFESTA XIV Green Scene.
Get ready for CARIFESTA’s Island Beats Super Concert!
On August 24th, some of the region’s biggest SUPERSTARS will converge at the Queen’s Park Savannah for the BIGGEST music event for the year!
See 2019 Grammy Award Winner Shaggy, Soca Queen Alison Hinds, CARIFESTA XIV Brand Ambassadors Machel Montano, Voice, Neval Chatelal and Nishard Mayrhoo, along with music royalty Calypso Rose and French Caribbean band Kassav take the stage. Plus MANY MORE artists that are sure to keep you moving!
Journey Round Myself Symposia
The symposia will examine the variety of contexts in which art practitioners, researchers, creative entrepreneurs, artist managers, funders and policy makers operate. CARIFESTA XIV 2019 will host the Symposia with the theme “Journey Round Myself: Crossing Borders, Strengthening Connections, Breaking Boundaries” which is taken from the title of an article “Journey Round Myself” written by Errol Hill in 1999.
These events will be a celebration of the literary arts and authors from across the region. It will feature books launches, readings and signings, poetry readings and workshops.
Live Music District
Live Music District (LMD) will present an opportunity for artistes to perform at various locations along Ariapita Avenue including restaurants and hotel.
The concerts will create an essential platform to celebrate the music from the Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking Caribbean. These unique events will be designed to capture this diverse yet vibrant community of artists and genres of music.
The Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA epitomises the diversity and creativity of the Caribbean islands and its people. Please note that FREE tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies will be available from August 13th, 2019 at the CARIFESTA XIV Secretariat, Corner Jerningham Avenue, and Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Re-enactment of the Canboulay Riots
The Canboulay Riots would be re-enacted to promote the diversity and richness of African culture to visitors and contingents and reveal the historical underpinnings of Trinidad Carnival.
The play will be on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition” which is observed annually on August 23.
Cultural performances in dance, street theatre, traditional mas, steelpan and drums on the streets of Port of Spain, Woodbrook and St. James.
Street theatrical performances will showcase local and regional actors and characters.
Streets of the Caribbean - Grand Market
Welcome to the Streets of the Caribbean the CARIFESTA XIV Grand Market! Experience the Caribbean like never before as you walk through streets showcasing Country Booths, Trade Booths, Food, Art, Craft and many cultural aspects of each island in our region. Access to all performances at the CARIFESTA XIV Grand Market is FREE.
The theatre productions will feature some of the best plays written and produced by outstanding playwrights in the Caribbean. These productions will be performed by a cadre of talented actors at the various venues.
A series of events highlighting the history, culture, and arts of Tobago in a unique and exciting manner.
Trade & Craft Booths
Trade Booths and Buyers Space: Commercial sales of products and services from businesses and entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.
Craft Market – Display of local arts and crafts, indigenous food, artefacts, fashion, head wrapping, sari wrapping, mehndi, tie dye, pottery making etc. from artisans in the region.
ttff/19 CARIFESTA edition
The annual ttff, now in its fourteenth year, has become a mainstay of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural calendar, and is well-established as the premiere film festival of the English-speaking Caribbean. This year’s iteration of the festival, ttff/19 carifesta edition will be held in August – rather than September – to coincide with the largest regional celebration of culture in all its forms, CARIFESTA XIV. The film festival will run from 17–23 August, with free screenings at APA, NAPA, SAPA, Naparima Bowl and Shaw Park Cultural Complex.
This event will create an essential platform to celebrate the art and sculpture of the uniqueness of Caribbean culture.
Registration will begin on Tuesday 13th August 2019. Interested persons are to contact the Museum and provide their name, telephone contact, and email address. Events are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
A valid Identification Card will be asked to be provided on the day of the event to allow participation. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-0339 to register.Pre-registration is required for all events except the Regional Artist Talk.
PLEASE NOTE: All Exhibitions are free for persons to attend, no reservations required. Only Workshop events require registration.
The CARIFESTA Youth Village will host young people of various cultural, creative and artistic backgrounds, for the duration of the Festival. It will be space for them to immerse themselves in the Arts and Culture specially curated for their taste.