White beaches overlooking the Caribbean Sea and cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, cane sugar, an extraordinary nature and clear blue sea: Barbados is all this, but the ingredient that makes the island unique in the world is the vitality of its people and its culture. By leaving out the drag events that celebrate in all its forms traditions of the island or choosing unusual itineraries to discover the history of Barbados and its people.
Crop Over Festival: the sweet summer of Barbados
Apotheosis of the joy of living and bajan greatest celebration of music, art and culture of the island is the Crop Over Festival, the traditional harvest festival whose origins date back to 1780, returning this year from June 30 to August 6. Many events are taking place one after another on the island for the duration of the festival: the most anticipated are the Opening Gala on 30 June, Cohobblopot of 5 August and the Grand Kadooment on August 6.
The event officially opens the Crop Over is the Opening Gala, June 30, 2012. The Historical Queen’s Park, in the capital, Bridgetown, is transformed into a real distillation of the rich culture and history of the island. From the music, an ingredient that never fails to Barbados : all afternoon the rhythms of folk, reggae, hip-hop, gospel, soca and calypso vibrate in the accompanying festivities. You can leave drag creative dances, participate in contests of limbo, see the fire-eaters, participate in a workshop of steel pan, shopping at the Farmer Market or find the latest fashion trend on the island. If the festivities bring an appetite, you can savor the delights of local cuisine, cou cou to the Flying Fish, until sugar cake.
Among the most anticipated events of the festival Cohobblopot, the greatest show of all the Crop Over, which will be held on August 5. The name Cohobblopot was “stolen” from the kitchen: it indicates a large pot with a mix of vegetables, meat and ingredients. Similarly, this overwhelming show cleverly mixes local and international artists, musicians and dancers, fireworks and a sound system of high-level, masks and costumes and lots of Caribbean music genres that make the public dance all night.
The Grand Kadooment is the grand finale of the festival: a carnival of color, dance and music with thousands of people in masks who come down to parade and dance in the streets of St. Michael. The Carnival band, with amazing costumes themed by color, line the streets, walking for about 5 miles from Warrens to Spring Garden. The rhythm of Calypso accompanying parades and dances in which the entire audience is involved. Each year over 20,000 people attend the parade, which represents the culmination of the festival of Crop Over.
Unusual itineraries to discover the history and culture of Barbados
In many places around the island tell the island’s past, its rich culture and its colonial traditions. Starting from the Great House, symbol of the island’s history and its connection with the cultivation of sugarcane, such as St. Nicholas Abbey, in the county of St. Peter. The mansion was built in 1650 and is one of only three Jacobean-style buildings in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the colonial house, you can visit the plantations, the garden and the botanical garden, the distillery where the observed phases of rum production and mill.
Sunbury Plantation House is another jewel of the island built around 1600, is furnished with mahogany furniture, rare works of Caribbean art, old prints and a unique collection of carriages. The house, nestled in a lush garden, is an attractive location for an elegant lunch or dinner by candlelight in a unique environment that shows the time of the settlers.
With the emergence on the international scene of art and the Caribbean, Barbados has taken a leading role thanks to the talent of its people. The artisans use mostly natural products offered from the island for their creations. Clay, wood, palm leaves, bamboo, leather and shells are responsible for the production of jewelry, clothing, pots, baskets and items for interior decoration. On the east coast, for example, it is worth stopping to Chalky Mount Pottery to watch craftsmen at work and work the clay in this area.
Tyrol Cot was the home of Sir Grantley Adams, the first Premier of Barbados and the only Prime Minister of the Federation of the West Indies. The house, built in 1854, was restored by the Barbados National Trust and I collect furniture and some objects from the collection of Sir Adams. Nearby is the Heritage Village, a living museum with several chattel House, the wooden houses, once home to the plantation workers, within which you can admire the work of artists and artisans. You can buy leather goods, ceramics, clothes and local art.
Originally posted 2012-07-03 12:43:35.