Tobago Heritage performance

HOMAGE: Tobago Heritage Festival 2023

Posted May 15, 2023

[Media release provided by the Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly]

The Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation will host the 36th anniversary of the Tobago Heritage Festival (THF) from July 21st to August 01st 2023. This year's Festival will be held under the theme HOMAGE, paying tribute to "All Ah We" and "All Ah Who Ahwe Be" and emphasizing the act of honouring our past, celebrating our present and inspiring our future. HOMAGE also seeks to rekindle efforts to know who we are as a people and all that is worthy of our honour and reverence.

In addition to showcasing staple events such as the Ole Time Wedding; the Salaka Feast; Folk Tales and Superstitions; Natural Treasures; and J'ouvert, the Festival will feature the return of the 'Rum Shop Lime' as part of its offerings and incorporate the rich cultural traditions of Tobago depicted in other villages across the island.

Heritage throwback
A Tobagonian performs at a previous Heritage event (photo courtesy Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities & Transportation).

The Division’s Culture Department will primarily organize this year's Festival; however, the planning team shall comprise persons with institutional knowledge and experience, representing a cross-section of Tobago's stakeholders. Team members will come from the following entities but are not limited to:

  • The Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation (Department of Culture)
  • Tobago Festival Commission Limited
  • Tobago Tourism Agency Limited
  • Shaw Park Complex
  • Community stakeholders & knowledge bearers

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Division's Facebook page for further information on the Festival's official launch.

For further information, please contact the Division's Communications Unit 639-2125 or 660-7057 EXT. 2212-2215, 2104