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Barbados International Film Festival

This annual festival brings together the best of world cinema and international film culture and provides a major showcase for the exhibition of the Caribbean, Latin America and worldwide independent film.


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Barbados Music Awards

Barbados honours its best musical talent. Several premiere artistes have been awarded at this event, including Barbados’ very own pop star Rihanna.


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Holetown Festival

The week-long celebrations marks the arrival of the first settlers at Holetown on February 17, 1627. The festival provides visitors with an introduction to Barbadian culture and traditions through a varied program that includes concerts, live music, street parades, beauty pageants, craft fairs, historical exhibitions, sporting competitions and food and drink events.


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Run Barbados

The Run Barbados festival takes place annually on the first weekend in December. The event comprises a 10k, a Half-Marathon, and a Marathon.


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Top Gear Festival Barbados

When Top Gear Festival Barbados rolls into town in May, petrol heads will be in for a thrilling weekend of high-octane motoring action. As well as hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, visitors will enjoy a non-stop schedule of motoring antics that will see The Stig and key members of the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team take to the track in a series of stunts, races and challenges.


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Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival

Spanning four days, this culinary event brings together the very best in food, wine, rum and culture.


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Open House Program

Visitors are given access into some of the island’s rich historic homes that usually remain closed to the general public. It occurs every Wednesday afternoon from 1430-1730.


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Oistins Fish Festival

Held in the fishing town of Oistins near Bridgetown, the annual Oistins Fish Festival is a day of celebrations for those that work in the local fishing industry. Visitors can expect live calypso and reggae music, craft fairs, family games and stalls selling delicious seafood dishes. Popular events and attractions include the fish boning tournament, boat races and a fun grease-pole competition.


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Crop Over Festival

Crop Over is Barbados’ biggest festival. Dating back to the 1780s when the island was one of the biggest sugar producers in the world, the end of the sugar cane harvest was always celebrated with a big party, and the tradition continues today with added extravagance and flamboyance. The festival culminates with the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes of the harvest and the crowning of the carnival king and queen. Events continue for five weeks and revellers can expect a heavy mix of live music, dancing, carnivals, markets, cultural presentations and more.


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Barbados Jazz Festival

Local, national and international jazz performers take to the stage for this annual event, which attracts music fans from all over the world. Concerts take place at various venues across the island, including Sunbury Plantation House and Farley Hill National Park.


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British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament 2011

Football fans shouldn’t miss out on this chance to see footballing veterans like Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and Alan Shearer take to the field alongside the likes of Manchester United’s Andrew Cole, Steve McManaman, Liverpool’s Jason McAteer and Arsenal’s Paul Merson. They’ll be going head to head in the inaugural British Airways Football Legends six-a-side tournament at Kensington Oval. It’s all in honour of charity, with the money raised going to National Sports Council Primary Schools Programme, in aid of sports in Caribbean schools.


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National Heroes Day

Barbados’ National Heroes Day is recognised on 28 April and celebrates the life and achievements of 10 of its most notable citizens. These are Grantley Adams, Errol Walton Barrow, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Frank Leslie Walcott, Sir Hugh Springer, Clement Osbourne Payne, Charles Duncan O’Neal, Samuel Jackman Prescod, Sarah Ann Gill and Bussa – the legendary leader of the slave rebellion. Events and celebrations take place in Hero’s Square in the heart of Bridgetown.


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