Date: Feb 12th, 2008 · Tags: Music Festival

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From Feb 17-23, 2008

A History Capsule

Holetown was one of the earliest settled towns in the English Caribbean. At a time when only St. Christopher had a settlement, Anglo Dutch merchant Sir William Courteen diverted from joining Thomas Warner in St Christopher to settle Barbados as a plantation colony of England.

The Holetown Festival, which commemorates this event, was the brainchild of Alfred Pragnell, he along with Keith Simmons and the members of Trents Northern Youth Group made up the committee that planned the first festival in 1977, it originally took place on the weekend nearest to these landing dates. It has become so popular that it now takes place over an eight day period, running from Sunday to Sunday.

Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. There is also an Arts and Craft Exhibition, a display called “Beating the Retreat”, by the Barbados Defence Force and a Flood Lit Tattoo which is put on by the Police and a parade of Vintage Motor Vehicles.