Here are five things that you may not know about this captivating region.
The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) reinforces Caribbean unity and celebrates the region’s rich diversity. For the past 34 years, the diaspora used this celebration to promote the arts as the most dynamic force for reflection on our dreams. It aims to increase participation in the arts and strengthen the bond among Caribbean artists and people. First held in Suriname, this year CARIFESTA takes place in Trinidad and Tobago from August 16 to 25. Participating nations will “Connect, Share, Invest” in an impressive display of talent in the visual and literary arts, storytelling, fashion, body art, dance, craft, theatre, film and new media.
Only 2 % of the Caribbean islands is populated
87,258 square miles, close to 700 islands and islets and only 2% inhabited? Yes, it’s true. In spite of the large expanse of the region, the current population stands at almost 44 million people. It may sound like a lot but it’s less than 1% of the total world population. The Caribbean nations with the smallest populations are the Caribbean Netherlands, Anguilla and Montserrat. But though we may be but little, we are fierce! Our food, culture, music, literature and athletic talent are some of the biggest players on the world stage.
Camel Safari, Jamaica
Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada
Two Nobel Prize Winners, St. Lucia
St. Lucia has not one, but two Nobel Laureates: Sir W. Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott. Lewis, who graduated from the London School of Economics, died in 1991. His passion led him to zealously pursue the economic development and evolution of university education in the Caribbean. Literary genius and poet Derek Walcott was born in Castries on 1930. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature. After his passing in 2017, The Walcott Festival was created in his honour. Held in Trinidad and Tobago, the last installation of the Festival takes place from September 26 – 29 with the re-enactment of Walcott’s play, Ti Jean and his Brothers.