The Holetown Festival commemorates the anniversary of the first settlement of Barbados at Holetown in February 1627.

The week-long festival begins in mid-February with the opening celebrations taking place at the Holetown Monument.

Art is about the core elements of our lives, manifested in what we see, hear, taste, make, read and write, wear, and how we move.

What We See:
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What We Write:

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What We Hear:

Crop Over - Pan in Btown

What We Make:

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What We Eat:

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What We Wear:

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How We Move:

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The festival highlights local arts and crafts as well as Barbadian culture and history, and events typically include:

Local tuk band playing at the Holetown Festival in Barbados
  • historical lectures
  • fashion show
  • beauty contest
  • street parade with tuk band
  • tattoo show
  • exhibitions
  • concerts
  • theatrical presentations
  • sporting events
  • antique car parade

It is the creative footprint that becomes the discernible difference between people of different countries and experiences. It is a unique cultural trademark and the magnet that draws us to explore the corners of the world in search of those aspects of life that make us different from each other.

It is the goal of the Barbados Summer Arts Festival to encourage the celebration of these seven elements that reflect our cultural identity and as we do so, to foster their development, allowing gainful and sustainable development for their practitioners.
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