Culturama is a cultural festival and outright island-wide party held on Nevis, within the Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis with a public holiday provided on the first Tuesday of August.
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Culturama is the equivalent to the carnival celebrations held on many other Caribbean islands, though it is historically tied to the abolition of slavery on Nevis in terms of the date it is celebrated. The festival runs for 12 days and culminates on the first Tuesday in August.
Since 1974, when Culturama was first invented by the Nevis Dramatic and Cultural Society, it has been one of the biggest events to look forward to in the whole Caribbean region. It is ostensibly a celebration of the return of Nevisians to their home island after being away for years, besides a remembrance of the liberation of the slaves of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the 1830’s.
But really, Culturama has become a celebration of both the culture of the island and of all cultures that have ever come to the island in any way, shape, or form. It is a time of all-night parties, gigantic feasts, concerts with loud music, and streets filled with singing, dancing, and merry making.
There is also a Miss Culture Queen pageant, a Calypso Show, and an International Artist Night. But the culmination of it all is the early-morning march through downtown Charlestown.