Crop Over

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Country and Region BarbadosSt. Michael
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Bridgetown, St. Michael and various locations in Barbados
Festival Contact Information

Crop Over
The National Cultural Foundation
West Terrace
St. James
Barbados, W.I.
Phone: (246) 424-0909
Fax: (246) 424-0916

Festival Description

The highlight of the annual cultural calendar is the Crop Over Festival. This Festival originated on the sugar plantation as a means of celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest season. The Crop Over Festival was revived in 1974 after a period of depression and involves community participation in fairs, concerts, cart parades and other cultural activities with an integral component being the Calypso Monarch. The three-week festival runs from mid-July to early August. It is a lively showcase of all facets of Barbadian culture, a fluid blend of African survivals and western modernity. Activities include plantation fairs, a donkey-cart parade, a King and Queen of the Crop competition, street malls and the "Pic-o-de-Crop" Calypso Monarch competition.

Festival Dates May 31 - August 17, 2013
Festival Links

Other Sources:

  • Crop Over Carnival Blog
  • Barbados Crop Over Summer Festival (My Barbados Blog, posted on Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 by Linda Thompkins)


Practical Info:

  • Central Bank, Bridgetown, St.Michael
  • Dove Conference Centre, Country Road, St Michael
  • National Stadium, St Michael
  • Speightstown Esplanade, St Peter
  • The East Coast Road (The Ermy Bourne Highway), St Andrew
  • Online
How to get there:
  • By Air: Grantley Adams International Airport
    Grantley Adams International Airport, the only Barbados airport on the island, is located on the south coast of Barbados in the Christ Church parish. The Barbados airport is a modern facility, efficient and well connected to the rest of the world. Many international carriers fly in and out of the Barbados airport, including Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, and US Airways. Though flying times to Barbados airport vary, flights across the Atlantic and from the westernmost cities of North America usually include a stop. The Barbados airport is also one of the major hubs in the Eastern Caribbean, often acting as a connecting point to other island airports. Local airlines with flights into the Barbados airport include BWIA, LIAT, and Trans Island Air.

    • From the Barbados airport taxis are widely available and will take between 15-45 minutes to reach the island’s major resort areas on the southern and western coasts.
Booking airline tickets:
  • Barbados Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport: (246) 428 7101
  • BWIA: (246) 426-2111
  • LIAT: (246) 434-5428
  • Trans Island Air: (246) 418-1654
  • Barbados Tourism Authority’s home
  • —”as Bajan as it gets”—ultimate guide to entertainment, recreation and vacation in the Caribbean island of Barbados.
  • National Cultural Foundation


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