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Home > Art, Music & Culture

Art, Music & Culture

Caribbean and Central American artArt and music are the heart and soul of Caribbean and Central American culture.

The region's art has long been a vibrant mix of art from a variety of backgrounds. From magnificent, exotic Haitian creations to expatriate watercolor painters, every taste is catered for.

The Caribbean love of rhythym is world renowned. Nowhere else in the world is there as great a variety of music styles as in the Caribbean. From salsa in Puerto Rico, son in Cuba, merengue in Dominican Republic, zouk in Martinique and Guadeloupe, cadance in Haiti, calypso and soca in Trinidad to reggae immortalized by Bob Marley in Jamaica and heard on most of the islands.

In recent years, music festivals have become popular; one of the longest running is the now famous festival on St. Lucia in May. Other great festivals worth visiting are the Merengue festival in Santo Domingo in July, the Cuban Jazz Festival (usually in February) and Jamaica's Reggae Sunsplash held in July or August each year.

Trinidad, Caribbean CarnivalIt is impossible to talk about music and culture in the Caribbean without mentioning carnival. Combine non-stop music with fabulous costumes, pageantry and festivities, this one of the most unique and exotic events you'll encounter anyhwere in the world.

The most famous is the Trinidad Carnival, but most islands including some of the smaller ones like Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts have their own festivities. Other carnival-like festivals are cropover in Barbados and Junkanoo in the Bahamas.


Image: Handpainted Silk "Turtles" by © Claire Frank, 2008


 
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