the Barbados Festival
More than a Carnival
The highlight of the summer (and, some think, of the whole year) is the Crop Over Festival, an all-island jubilation from end June to early August that celebrates the completion of the sugar cane harvest.
"Tents" ring with the fierce battle of calypsonians for the coveted Calypso Monarch Award, and the air is redolent with the smells of Bajan cooking during the massive "Bridgetown Market" street fair.
Rich with the spirit of local culture, "The Cohobblopot" blends drama, dance, and music with the crowning of the King and Queen of costume bands. An exciting evening is the "Pic-O-de-Crop Show", when the King of Calypso is crowned.
The climax of the festival is "Kadooment Day" - a national holiday - when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms and fireworks fill the evening sky.
Calendar of Events
We don't have the latest schedule yet, but below a typical Calendar
Crop Over Fine Art & Photography Exhibition
Gala Opening of Crop Over
Youth Fest (youth-focused variety concert)
Crop Over Fine Craft Exhibition
Crop Over Promenade (cultural extravaganza showcasing local talent: fashion, craft, entertainment)
Junior Calypso Monarch Competition
Party Monarch Calypso Semi-Finals
Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Semi-Finals
Party Monarch Calypso Finals
Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Finals
Fore-Day Morning Jump-Up
Cohobblopot (potpourri of Barbadian entertainment)
Grand Kadooment & Costume Parade
Last Lap Arts and Craft Fair