Jazz’n Creole Festival is in full swing in Dominica

The 11th edition of the festival began on Thursday, April 28 and ends on Sunday, May 1 at Fort Shirley with several artists and bands.

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Located between two French and Creole-speaking territories, Guadeloupe and Martinique, the English-speaking and Creole-speaking island of Dominica has long understood the need to also exploit the Creole language and culture to develop its tourism by attracting Guadeloupeans and Martinicans.

After the World Music Creole Festival launched in 1997, which takes place every year at the end of October, corresponding to the All Saints holidays in the two French islands, the tourist authorities – Discover Dominica Authority – created in 2010 the Jazz’ n Creole Festival.


On 27 April, a press conference gave a final update on the organisation.

After two years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event returns this year from Thursday April 28 to Sunday May 1.

The festival is presented as a mixture of Creole music, cuisine and culture. During this 11th edition, Dominica, the Nature Island and the Island of 365 Rivers was keen to enhance its bathing waters in a jazz atmosphere to festival goers.


For its part, on Friday April 29, during a jazz and cocktail evening, the Alliance Française paid tribute to the Dominican singer Nelly Stharre, who died tragically in 2015 with the performances of female artists LiLi Octave, Tasha P, Michele Henderson, Marie Pascale and Abi yah Yisrael. This Sunday, May 1, the last day of celebrations, the festival moved to at Fort Shirley in Cabrits National Park between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm and will host several artists and bands including Breve (Dominica), Teddyson John (St. Lucia), JSJ with Jean-Michel Lesdel, Stéphane and Jérôme Castry (Guadeloupe), Femme 4 with Marsha Laurent, Shalina Samuel, Marsha Augustine, and Tasha Peltier, etc.

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Fort Shirley – Photo: Authentique Dominique