How to enjoy Tobago Heritage Festival without leaving home
Posted Jul 27, 2020
To know Tobago is to know its deep connection to its culture and history and the best way to do that is through the Tobago Heritage Festival.
The annual event is an experiential celebration of the island's customs and traditions featuring singing, dancing, pulling seine, "dancing the cocoa" and more.
Typically, spectators can easily become a part of the festivities, joining the locals on an immersive journey into the past. It's the perfect opportunity to not only learn about Tobago's culture but also experience the island's sense of community.
While we can't take part in the celebrations in its usual form, the Tobago Festivals Commission has modified the 2020 edition of the Tobago Heritage Festival with a series of virtual events and activities that will allow everyone to be a part of the experience from a safe distance.
Step-by-Step Series (Headtie)
What: Take a deep dive into Tobago's rich culture through its cuisine, clothing and dance. learn how to prepare traditional dishes.
When: Thursday, July 30 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
African Drums: Rhythms and Movement of our People
What: Traditionally, done in memory of the chastisement of Tobago's ancestors and to send the voice of the drums into the astral realm, to promote unity among our people spiritually and physically, in the continued fight against racism.
When: Friday, July 31 at 4.30 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
"Roots: An Emancipation Story" - An Emancipation Day Concert
What: Enjoy a live two-hour show featuring a wide array of Tobago's top talent.
When: Saturday, August 1 at 6.30 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Step-by-Step Series (Saltfish with cassava bake and chocolate tea)
What: Take a deep dive into Tobago's rich culture through its cuisine and learn how to prepare traditional dishes.
When: Thursday, August 6 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Step-by-Step Series: Dance the Tobago jig
What: Learn the steps to one of Tobago's most iconic traditional dances!
When: Thursday, August 13 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Step-by-Step Series (Coconut confectioneries)
When: Thursday, August 20 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Step-by-Step Series: Work dance - cocoa
What: Discover the secret behind the world-famous 'dancing of the cocoa' and why has a purpose that's more than just fun? It's used as a method of polishing the beans as well as allow air to flow through so that the beans can dry evenly.
When: Thursday, August 27 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Tracing Legacies: Miss Heritage Personality
What: This cultural-educational pageant will feature delegates from across the island. This event is broken up into two major sections; pre show actives and production night actives. The pre show activities will include Introductory Video, My Village project, my Marketing Project, Prejudging and Intelligence Segment. The production night will include Talent, Gown and Final Question segments.
When: Saturday, August 29 at 8 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
Step-by-Step Series (Konkonteh with coconut fish)
When: Thursday, September 3 at 6 PM via Facebook Live (replay available)
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