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Holetown Festival 2018

Sun Feb 11th 2018 to Sun Feb 18th 2018
Barbados, Holetown, St. James

Event Details

The Holetown Festival commemorates the landing, in 1627, of eighty English settlers at what is now known as Holetown aboard a ship called the William and John. With them were ten African slaves, who were captured on the voyage.  It is from this day that Barbados became a British Colony.

The Festival was the brainchild of Alfred Pragnell, he along with Keith Simmons and members of Trents Northern Youth Group made up the committee that planned the first festival in 1977.  It originally took place on the weekend nearest to these landing dates and this tradition still continues.  It has become so popular that it now takes place over an eight day period, running from Sunday to Sunday.

Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. There is also an Arts and Craft Exhibition, a display called "Beating the Retreat", by the Barbados Defence Force and a Flood Lit Tattoo which is put on by the Police and a parade of Vintage Motor Vehicles.

On the Saturday there is a Street Fair where vendors offer a wide cross section of Barbadian Arts and Crafts, as well as local foods and beverages.

The festival has proved to be popular with tourists and locals alike.

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