About Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival


Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival is a festive fusion of Jazz Music with Creole Music, Food, and Culture.  First presented by Discover Dominica Authority in 2010, the festival has been well received each year as patrons appreciate the inviting and casual ambience of one of Dominica’s major tourism attractions.

The festival began as a one day event on Pentecost Sunday and targets at families, couples, and music enthusiasts. It is hosted during the Pentecost holiday weekend to mobilize Dominicans to the Portsmouth area, supporting the Staycation initiative, and to attract visitors from the French West Indies, wider Caribbean, and Dominican communities residing abroad to Dominica. In 2016, mainstage event welcomed over 2,600 patrons.

The festival mainstage is held annually at Fort Shirley in Dominica’s Cabrits National Park. In 2017, the Jazz ‘n Creole Festival mainstage production will be on June 4, 2017.jazzlineThe Jazz Fringe

In 2012, to expand the visibility of the festival, Discover Dominica Authority partnered with the various private tourism service providers to produce the Jazz Fringe.  The Jazz Fringe Events are hosted at locations across the island and expand the Jazz ‘n Creole Festival experience for visitors and locals alike.

The fringe events are hosted during the week leading up to the main staged event on Pentecost Sunday. This year the Jazz Fringe will run from Sunday May 28, 2017 through Saturday June 3, 2017.

Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival is produced with the following objectives:

  1. To develop and stage a marquee festival tourism product which receives local, regional, and international media coverage
  2. To increase visitor arrivals to the destination during the hosting of the event
  3. To stimulate economic activity through increased hotel occupancy and participation at fringe events
  4. To increase ticket sales and attendance at the main stage event