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DATE: Saturday June 23 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M
LOCATION: King George V Memorial Park, St. Philip

This unique and impressive event is the official launch of the 2018 Barbados Crop Over Festival.

Historic King George V Memorial Park will be transformed into a cohobblopot of sounds, smells and sights showcasing the island’s rich cultural traditions through the years. This event presents opportunities to explore and acknowledge some of the practices and experiences associated with the traditional Crop Over celebrations and, in so doing, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the history of sugar as being the very foundation of our Barbadian cultural identity.

However, it is not only a look back, at this family-oriented event everyone is invited to enjoy a day rich with tradition that celebrates our past and present while it offers a tantalising glimpse of tomorrow.

King George V Memorial Park will be the scene of a veritable ‘Xplosion’ of pageantry, top notch music, mouthwatering culinary dishes and exciting educational activities guaranteed to provide a fun-filled day for the whole family as we celebrate Barbados’ unique and inclusive cultural diversity and heritage.


Official Ceremony

  • Ceremonial Delivery of The Last Canes
  • Royal Barbados Police Force Band
  • Dancin’ Africa
  • Crop Over 2018 Stalwarts Awards
  • Crop Over 2018 Award for the Most Outstanding Sugar Worker


“Tastes of the Caribbean”

An eclectic collection of the most famous dishes from our Caribbean neighbours including jerk chicken and pork with festival dumplings; doubles and roti; pepperpot and MORE!


Culture Street

A cool liming area to learn about favourite Barbadian past times.

  • Stick Licking
  • Souse Eating Competition
  • Warri
  • Draughts “Blitz Tournament” – Try to conquer the king with Suki King
  • Dominoes
  • Mixology Demonstrations


“De Marketplace”  – This zone will provide a marketplace for Youth Talent, Skills and Entrepreneurship.

  • Craft and Health & Wellness vendors
  • Demonstrations and workshops e.g. textile hanging; pottery making; jewellery making, woodcarving; weaving; en plein air painting etc.

Nefertari Caddle

Frank Watson

Malin Martelly -Marva ‘Iva’ Ward

Hamilton Wiltshire

Sylvester Clarke

Keisha Thompson

Zhane Padmore -” CulturedbyZhane”


Interactive Crop Over Exhibition in collaboration with Barbados Museum and Historical Society

  • An educational, fully interactive exhibition where patrons can learn about the roots of our most famous festival as we explore and celebrate Barbadian culture then and now.


 Play Area 

– Jumping Tent

– Face Painting

    and MORE!!!!


 Invitational Road Tennis Tournament

Watch Crop Over celebrities battle it out in a thrilling, totally indigenous sporting event as they vie for the coveted title of Crop Over Road Tennis Celebrity Champion.

  1. Ann-Marie Burke
  2. Chris Gayle
  3. Dj Indian
  4. DJ Salt
  5. Hayley Matthews
  6. John Jones
  7. Mac Fingall
  8. Mikey
  9. Ryan Hunte
  10. Wayne Webster

The Royal Barbados Police Force Floodlight  Tattoo 

This spectacular display by the RBPF was a real crowd pleaser and will be back this year even bigger and better with the inclusion of the Mounted Police.


The Big Bang Concert – Tuk it Up!

“Tuk it Up”  will be an exciting musical event showcasing tuk in all its innovative glory as the foundation of Barbadian Soca /Bashment music and as a flexible indigenous beat that lends itself to fusions and innovations with other musical genres and artistes.

Igniting the stage will be :
Ruk a Tuck International
De Unit Band
Sparkle T
Riddim Tribe
Multifarious Dance Crew
Hypa Sounds
Lil Rick
Flag Dancers Possé




First Citizens Crop Over Xplosion 2018

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