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.

Rodrigues’ Culture

There are a few decades ago the people of Rodrigues found their entertainment in traditional music, the sound of sega drum and accordion in small balls on Saturday evenings. Cultural awakening which occurred at the end of the 1970s allowed the construction and consolidation of the cultural identity of Rodrigues through the development of these various elements, which form the base of the culture of every nation: food, music, crafts...

It should be noted the great influence of the Catholic religion in everyday and cultural life of the population. Religion, respect for tradition and family are the pillars of Rodrigues life. Today, it can be seen that the local music and traditional dances are quite used during shows in hotels and other cultural events. It is the same for the traditional dishes; and crafts which are found everywhere in the market. These dishes which were despised have now become a luxury in major tourist and cultural events. The Rodrigues' music is present on the stage of international cultural events. Rodrigues’ culture is an asset that must not only be developed and exploited, but which above all also needs to be preserve as it is the essence of the Rodriguan cultural identity.

Rodrigues' culture

At a glance

At the heart of the Indian Ocean, at latitude 19°43’ S and longitude 63°25’ E, Rodrigues Island stretches over a surface area of 108 km2. Some 650 km to the north-east of Mauritius, it is the part of Africa that is closest to Australia. Born from volcanic activity between 1.3 and 1.5 million years ago, the island – 18 km long, 8 km wide – is the smallest of the Mascarene archipelago. Rodrigues is a mountainous island with a succession of valleys plunging to the 300 km2 lagoon, bringing an exhilarating feeling of weightlessness whilst meandering through steep escarpments and terraced fields towards its 80-km coastline. One of the most characteristic features of this enthralling though accessible island is its relief. The efforts of the most adventurous culminate in the joys of basking in one of the numerous deserted inlets, all the while gazing at white-tailed tropicbirds gliding through the air to and from their nests in surrounding cliffs. The island enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures varying between 28 and 35°C during the Southern summer, which coincides with the cyclonic season (November to April) and between 18 and 27°C in winter.


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