With over five hundred performers, the 2015 edition of the Tobago Heritage Festival opened in fine style on July 16th 2015, returning to its home at the Shaw Park Complex. This year’s event was themed, Passages- Remembering Our Legacy. It gave a historical account of our island’s traditions utilising various art forms such as song, dance and drama. Passages told the story of Tobago, through a battle for personal fame, using characters like the Spirit of Fort King George, Mother, Father Tobago, and the Spirit of the Silk Cotton Tree.
The presentation depicted Tobago’s history through plantation life, the Bellmana Riot, and Hurricane Flora in 1963. The re-enactment of these life changing events showcased the island’s rich legacy, and were aptly suited for the final installment of the trilogy- Recognition.
This year’s Festival marks the end of the three year trilogy of Reflection, Revelation and Recognition. It runs from July 16th to August 1st, with the year round experience continuing until November 2015.