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The Guadeloupe Islands are coming to Montreal!

France is the guest of honour at the “International Festival of Percussions”! This event is an opportunity to witness French culture and the world of music and dance merge together. Shows, workshops and conferences will offer a tour of France in only a few days! From July 3rd to 12th, 2015, at the marché Bonsecours [...]

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The Memorial ACTe

Inaugurated in May 2015, the Memorial ACTe, or “Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade” is the fruit of an ambitious project led by the Guadeloupe Islands since 2008. Located in the former Darboussier factory in Pointe-à-Pitre, this centre is dedicated to collective memory of slavery and the slave [...]

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The ÎloJazz Festival

Every year in the Guadeloupe Islands, the month of December is dedicated to Jazz with the “International ÎloJazz Festival, the Caribbean musical rendez-vous”. Local and international artists invite you to musical scenes which associate Caribbean tradition and modernity. Concerts, workshops and master classes with the artists take place for a unique moment revolving around jazz! [...]

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Terre de Blues in Marie-Galante

Every year, for over than 14 years, the Marie-Galante island moves to the rhythm of its international music festival. As one of the Caribbean’s major cultural events, Terre de Blues (“Land of Blues”) attracts music lovers from near and far. Big names in the blues scene (from the French West Indies as well as the United States [...]

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Festival of Women Cook

For the past 90 years in the Guadeloupe Islands, la fête des cuisinières (Festival of Women Cook) fills the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre with flavours, rhythms and colours. It was created in honour of Saint-Laurent, Patron of cooks, who was burned alive for refusing to give church property to the State. Cooks parade with their finest traditional jewellery, [...]

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The Gwoka Festival

  Each year since 1987, the city of Sainte-Anne hosts the Gwoka Festival, an incredible musical event which represents the Guadeloupe identity. Percussionists and dancers share a moment of celebration promoting Guadeloupean creativity and the diversity of Creole culture. The Gwoka, traditional art of the Guadeloupe Islands, was entered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List [...]

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Nwèl Kakado

Until December 24th, come and sing Christmas carols and taste Kakado (crayfish), the ancestral tradition of the Guadeloupe Islands! Christmas Kakado is undoubtedly one of the most popular events during the holidays. The approach of Christmas is celebrated in song every night during the weekend in most villages around the Kakado nurseries. The Kakado, small [...]

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All Saints’ Day

People from Guadeloupe come together to commemorate their dearly departed with finesse and beauty. A truly captivating moment! On the Guadeloupe Islands, November 1 and 2 are a time for reflection, encounters and exchange. Come and admire thelit, flower-strewn tombs during the All Saints’ Day celebrations. Experience the Guadeloupe Islands differently… This is an important [...]

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The 2014 Guadeloupe Carnival

The 2014 Guadeloupe Carnival…in a different way The Guadeloupe Carnival is what you could call a strong Creole culture symbol. Traditionally held from January 5 to Ash Wednesday (March 5). On the whole, celebrations stretch over a two-month period during which disguised groups of Guadeloupians, on foot or using highly-colored and decorated floats, will parade [...]

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Guadeloupe Story at Fort Louis Delgrès

Fort Louis Delgrès—Guadeloupe’s historical Mecca—towers over Basse-Terre, the island’s oldest city (founded in 1643). Formerly Fort Royal, Fort Richepance, and Fort Saint-Charles, the fortification was declared a National Historic monument in 1977. Take a self-guided tour of the Fort and museum, or show up on a Friday when the tour guides are imparting their vast [...]

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