CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, is the region’s premier multi-disciplinary Arts and Culture Festival.

CARIFESTA was introduced to celebrate the Arts, foster a vision of Caribbean Unity and positively advance Caribbean Culture, regionally and internationally.

  • Exposé of the Arts
  • To celebrate the creativity, ingenuity, spirit, culture, and heritage of the Caribbean people through the expressions of Music, Visual Art, Craft, Food, Literature, Folklore, Theatre, Dance, Fashion, Film
  • Regional Integration
    • To be a catalyst for the strengthening of Caribbean Integration and the bonds between the islands, our artisans, and cultural practitioners.
  • Regional Promotion
  • To provide a space where, as a collective, Caribbean Nations actively participate in a unique activity which showcases to the world the talent each country of the region has to offer in Arts and Culture

The Festival targets participation and patronage from CARICOM and non-CARICOM countries of the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Diaspora.

Twenty countries make up the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Fifteen are full members (Member States) and five are Associate Members. These include: 

Member States

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Haiti
Jamaica
Montserrat
Saint Lucia
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago

Associate Members

Anguilla
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands

In its original design, the Festival was to be held every four years; but is now held every two years.

This roving Festival usually attracts Artists, Artistes and Culture Professionals from over thirty (30) countries.

CARIFESTA has been hosted fourteen times in nine (9) Caribbean countries:

  • Guyana (1972, 2008)
  • Jamaica (1976)
  • Cuba (1979)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (1992, 1995, 2006, 2019)
  • St. Kitts and Nevis (2000)
  • Suriname (2003, 2013)
  • Haiti (2015)
  • Barbados (1981, 2017).

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) through its Ministry of Sports, Culture, National Festivals, and the Arts (SCNFA), bid and subsequently won the hosting rights for the fifteenth staging of the Festival. Antigua and Barbuda will host CARIFESTA XV from August 12 – 22, 2021.

Sector Development and Industry Diversification

CARIFESTA XIV may be used to effectively promote a host country’s Destination Brand. It may also contribute to the diversification of that country’s Tourism Industry and the development of its Cultural Sector.

Festival Tourism

A host country may engage in Festival Tourism marketing, where that country positions itself as an attractive location to festival seekers traveling the globe in search of fun and entertainment.

Diaspora Tourism

The Caribbean diaspora is an important market for arts and popular culture. CARIFESTA presents a unique and attractive Diaspora Tourism marketing opportunity, where this audience is invited and encouraged to visit the Caribbean, partake in the Festival, and contribute to the host country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the process.

Creative Sector Development

CARIFESTA is a multidisciplinary festival that fosters sharing and generates artistic and creative ideas among artisans and festival goers which may aid in further development of the Creative Sector of the host country, and by extension, the region.

In keeping with the GORTT’s National Development Strategy (Vision 2030) and consistent with the development theme of “Putting People First; Nurturing Our Greatest Asset,” hosting CARIFESTA XIV at this time will be a channel to generate greater value for key stakeholders like artists, cultural workers and cultural entrepreneurs in this particular sector of the Arts.

Trinidad and Tobago are one of the Creative and Cultural hubs of the region; the Creative and Cultural Sectors are an integral part of our economy. Over the years, we have celebrated our culture and diversity in many festivals which have defined who we are as a people, created a culturally rich society and brought some notoriety to the country. Hosting an Arts Festival of this magnitude will promote T&T’s profile as a dynamic and creative destination. The hosting of CARIFESTA XIV, therefore, seeks to further Trinidad and Tobago’s Cultural and Festival Tourism agenda.

Events and activities will occur in our ‘Festival Village’ at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds. Numerous other events and activities will also take place in other locations across the country.

A Grand Market, Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, Visual Arts, Literary Arts Fashion and Food showcases, Community Festivals and Tours, a Youth Village and many more events and activities are scheduled over the course of the Festival.  Visit our website (www.carifesta.net) for details.

Most CARIFESTA XV events are FREE of charge … however, a ticketing system will be in place for entry. Visit our website (www.carifesta.net) for details

Tickets for all events will be available next year (date to be confirmed) at the Festival Village Box Office, the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, and Trinidad. Stay tuned to our website for updates on additional ticket outlets as CARIFESTA XIV approaches!

The Super Concert is a Signature Event of CARIFESTA XIV which celebrates prominent artistes and promotes diversity of music within the Caribbean region. Top Caribbean acts are carded to perform at the CARIFESTA XIV Super Concert.

Super Concert tickets can be purchased at NLCB Ticket Outlets across Trinidad & Tobago. Tickets will also be available online.

Information on the Festival is available on the CARIFESTA XIV website (www.carifesta.net,) our Facebook page (@carifesta,) as well as our Instagram and Twitter pages (@carifestatt19).

If you would like to volunteer or rent a Trade Booth at the Festival, you are invited to fill out the “CARIFESTA XV Volunteer” form or the “Trade Booth Rental” Form to express your interest in participating.

The CARIFESTA Secretariat will contact you, using the contact information provided, within two weeks of receipt of your expression of interest.

If you belong to one or more of the following categories, CARIFESTA XV invites you to register for the Festival:

(1)    CARICOM Country Delegations

(2)    CARICOM Independent Groups or Independent Artists, Artistes

(3)    Non-CARICOM Independent Groups or Independent Artists, Artistes

(4)    Media – International, Regional, Antigua and Barbuda

All interested participants may register via our website: www.carifesta.net

Registration begins on October 23, 2018.

Typically, accreditation requests are reviewed within two weeks of receipt of an application.

The CARIFESTA Secretariat will contact you to advise of registration approval and collection of your package.

Information on the Festival is available on the CARIFESTA XIV website (www.carifesta.net,) our Facebook page (@carifesta), as well as our Instagram and Twitter pages (@carifestatt19).

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