Alternative Caribbean Block Party: Mabouica Festival.
Block parties are a perfect summer time event and Guadeloupe’s Mabouica Festival was no exception. This alternative Caribbean block party put the burgeoning creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the island on display. A far cry from the touristy shopping markets of Saint Anne or Basse Terre, the Mabouica festival brought together a collection of local artists, business owners, and chef’s in the heart of Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe's unofficial capital.
This was Mabouica’s second annual block party and it was held in “La Darse”, a historic market section of the city. The festival’s energy was off the charts! Unique local vendors and businesses dished out deep Caribbean #foodie culture to attendees of all ages while music played and visual artists performed live under sunny skies. The buzz was creative and energetic and gave us more insight into Gwada’s complex swagger.
Once the sun went down the block party turned into an electro Caribbean dance party. Yes, electro dancehall, soca, caribbean sounds spun by Dj’s from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Dominica. As the music played the performing artists put the finishing touches on their work and a backdrop of fresh artwork enhanced the late night experience. The scene at Mabouica festival never stopped evolving and the infections creativity had us vibing for days.
We are likely to see this homegrown event pop off again so keep an eye and an ear out for the next one, you will not want to miss it.