Celebrating Culture & Heritage
Virgin Islands National Park’s Annual Folk Life Festival celebrates and promotes the rich culture of the Virgin Islands every February, Black History month. This year marks the 31st year of the festival that is sponsored by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.
VINP Superintendent Nigel Fields reflects on the festival and its purpose, “You can find cultural treasures of thousands of years of history and of lived experience here in Virgin Islands National Park. They speak to us, they embolden us, they inform us, and they steady us. The purpose of the Folk Life Festival is to share our park through the lens of this vibrant Caribbean culture, so you may see, imagine, and experience the lifeways of an indomitable people.”
Special thanks to the culture bearers, performers and artisans who participate every year and for their dedication to keeping Virgin Islands culture alive for generations to come! As they bring the past to our youth today, so they ensure a strong, bright future built upon the ancient knowledge of island ancestors!
In the interests of public safety, this year’s activity is not open to the public and is limited to small demonstrations at the three island schools on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25.
This year's activities were made possible thanks to a grant from Liberty Foundation.
Passing It On To Another One Documentary
Enjoy this illuminating celebration of the cultural gifts of the Virgin Islands. The entire documentary filmed in 2021 is available for viewing as well as short segments featuring interviews with a moko jumbie, a storyteller, a maubi maker, a beekeeper, and more cultural ambassadors.
Folk Life Festival Posters
Each year a local artist creates a poster for the festival. Enjoy this gallery!
A look back at Folk Life Festival 2015
video provided courtesy of the NPS and Esther Francis