Variations On Theme…
The people of Rodrigues are not shy in showing their attachment to the expression of their unique identity. They share the different aspects of their culture through events focusing on the specificities of the island.
On 12 October each year the whole population celebrates Rodrigues’ Day (inaugurated in 2002), with the advent of Regional Autonomy a time for everyone to ponder over this milestone in the political history of the island.
The Fish Festival (celebrated annually on the 1st March) not only marks the opening of the net fishing season but also shows the special bond that exists between the inhabitants and the sea.
The recently created World Food Day (April / May) reflects the tenacity of the population in holding on to its cultural practices and its attachment to the bountiful earth.
The Sea Festival
The Sea Festival will be an annual event which will be launched on the 25th September 2014 at the occasion of the opening ceremony and on the otherside the closing ceremony will be held at Mourouk on the 28th September 2014. This will be a four day event that will be spread over various sector of the island and will include activities such as Undersea Photography competition, kite surf mini and long raid, handicraft completion, fishing competition and a regatta. On the closing ceremony there will be the “Miss Syrene Contest” and a concert to end the day.
The Trail Of Rodrigues
The Trail of Rodrigues is an annual event which was launched in 2010, and which attracts both professionals and amateurs of trails. The second edition of Trail of Rodrigues welcomed more than 500 participants, with more than 93 came from Reunion Island and some from Germany, Portugal, France, India and Mauritius. For the 2011 Trail Rodrigues was honoured by the presence of the champion of France Julien Chorier. The trail is organised each year in the month of November and have 3 categories: 35 Km, 10Km and 5 km. For lovers and professionals of Trail: Get Ready for the coming Trails of Rodrigues.
The Kreol Festival
Finally, the Kreol Festival is an annual event which is celebrated on the first weekend of December in Rodrigues Island. The event takes place every year in different places around Rodrigues and is intended above all for the Rodriguans. It is scheduled over five days of activities throughout the island and since it has become a tradition the opening and closing of the festival are centered in the host village. The festival welcomes around 5000 people at the opening and more than 10000 during the festivities and for the closing ceremony which is celebrated with a mega musical show “L’ambiance bann zil” which gathers famous artists from the Indian Ocean region including Rodrigues. A competition of ‘Miss Festival Kreol’ is also organised during this event.
Amongst other activities and festivities are: the celebration of the Abolition of Slavery on 01st February, the National Day on 12 March and the Abolition of Slave Trade on 23 August. The Miss Rodrigues contest is also organised so as to promote our island on the national platform.