Crop Over Fes­ti­val

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What can be said about Bar­ba­dos’ largest cul­tural fes­ti­val? Held in Sum­mer, Crop Over is with­out a doubt the most pop­u­lar, vibrant, highly antic­i­pated fes­ti­val on the island. Its ori­gins go back to colo­nial days over 200 years ago. Back then, Bar­ba­dos was the world’s largest pro­ducer of cane sugar, and the islanders would have a mas­sive cel­e­bra­tion in the streets to mark the end of the sugar cane har­vest– hence the name ‘Crop Over’.

This tra­di­tion has main­tained its strength through­out the years, and has evolved to the col­or­ful and musi­cally delight­ful fes­ti­val that it is today. Hold­ing on to its ori­gins, Crop Over tra­di­tion­ally begins with the cer­e­mo­nial deliv­ery of the last crop, and it cul­mi­nates with a bang with the Kadoo­ment street fes­ti­val– a day­time jam fea­tur­ing an array of feath­ered, beaded and cap­ti­vat­ing cos­tumes. Around Crop Over, calypso, a Caribbean genre, is played, cel­e­brated and hon­ored. There is even the crown­ing of a Crop Over King and Queen– the most pro­duc­tive cane cut­ters. This event cap­tures the heart and soul of Bar­ba­dos and is most cer­tainly a must-​see! As a pop­u­lar Crop Over jin­gle goes– “Crop Over is more than a fes­ti­val– it sweet, sweet fuh days!”

The main Crop Over events are:

1. Cer­e­mo­nial Deliv­ery of the Last Canes in Bar­ba­dos
2. Bridgetown Mar­ket
3. Lit­er­ary & Visual Arts
4. Cohob­blopot
5. Fore­day Morn­ing Jam
6. Calypso Tents & Calypso Com­pe­ti­tions
7. The Junior Kadoo­ment /​Kid­dies Kadoo­ment
8. Grand Kadoo­ment Day

Crop Overs’ Climax

The cli­max of the Crop Over Sea­son takes place dur­ing the last week­end of the Fes­ti­val, often referred to as the ‘Last Lap’. As you can imag­ine, this week­end is alive with activ­ity, colour and music, with some­thing for every­one. Below are the events that tra­di­tion­ally take place dur­ing the Crop Over Last Lap:

Fri­day Night
- Pic-​O-​De-​Crop Finals
Sat­ur­day (Day)
- Fore­day Morn­ing Jam /​Bridgetown Mar­ket
Sat­ur­day (Night)
- Bridgetown Mar­ket
Sun­day (Day)
- Bridgetown Mar­ket
Sun­day Night
- Cohob­blopot
Mon­day (Day)
- Grand Kadoo­ment Parade /​Bridgetown Mar­ket
Mon­day (Night)
- Grand Kadoo­ment Cel­e­bra­tions /​Bridgetown Mar­ket

For More Info Con­tact

The National Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF)
Address: West Ter­race, St. James.
Tel: (246) 4240909


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