Building a greater sense of national cultural identity and self-esteem among the
Dominican populace and to harness and employ skills and talents to further
develop arts and culture


Our Mission

To promote, develop and preserve Dominica’s culture and to encourage a greater awareness of the culture of the Caribbean and that of the wider world

Mr. Raymond Lawrence
Chief Cultural Officer

Our Responsibilities

  • Preservation and promotion of Dominica’s cultural heritage and all its various expressions
  • Provision of support for Dominica’s cultural industries’ sector
  • Encouragement of cultural exchange with other countries
  • Assistance with poverty alleviation through arts and culture
  • Building of the institutional capacity of the Division of Culture
  • Management and maintenance of Dominica’s arts centers
Honorable Roselyn Paul

The establishment of a Folk Research Centre was originally proposed in 1981 by Alwin Bully to be housed at the Old Mill Cultural Centre. This centre was opened in 1989 at the opening of DOMFESTA Celebrations. The National Cultural Council (NCC) is responsible for the overall functioning of the Folk Research Centre space at the Old Mill.

The purpose of the Folk Research Centre is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Dominica.

Areas of Focus Include:

  • Indigenous People
  • Creole Studies
  • Music and Instruments
  • Dance
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Agriculture and Fishing
  • Other Folk Traditions

Broad Objectives are:

  1. To promote research into and preservation of the culture through:
    • Research and collection of data on Dominica Folk Traditions both here and abroad.
    • Analysis, compilation, publication and dissemination of information.
    • Provision of a reference library as a source for researchers and students alike.
  2. To contribute to cultural development of our people by:
    • Promoting the use of/and appreciation of creole in contemporary life.
    • Monitor cultural research by all persons and institutions.
    • To organize and implement research/document training programmes.

Work of KEK

KEK, the abbreviated form for “Konmité pou Etid Kwéyòl” (Committee for the Study of Creole), has among its objectives to foster a deeper awareness and respect for our Mother Tongue – Kwéyòl. KEK was established in 1981.

KEK’s early activities included literacy classes and the celebration of Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day). The first Kwéyòl day was held in October 1981 and has been held ever since. Simenn Kwéyòl (Creole Week) has been held since 1986. This week starts on Jounen Eritaj (Heritage Day), that is, the Sunday preceding Jounen Kwéyòl which is celebrated on the last Friday in October.

KEK has published several books on various oral traditions such as proverbs and riddles (timtim) and a Kwéyòl-English dictionary.

Cultural Institutions and Groups

Arawak House of Culture

The refurbished Arawak House of Culture has been opened to the general public since 1994. It is located on Kennedy Avenue, opposite the new Financial Centre in Roseau...

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Dominica Festivals Committee

The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC), a Division of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), has special responsibility to ...

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Kalinago Barana Autê

Kalinago Barana Autê, the Carib Cultural Village by the Sea, honors the diversity, history and heritage of the Kalinago people by presenting ...

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The Dominica Institute for the Arts

The Dominica Institute for the Arts is a premier arts training institution serving Dominica and the Eastern Caribbean...

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The Dominica Pan Association

The Pan Association was set up in the early 1980’s by the Cultural Division and is the umbrella body...

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The Dominica Writers' Guild

The Writers’ Guild was established by the Cultural Division to strengthen efforts geared at encouraging writers in Dominica ...

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The National Cultural Council

The National Cultural Council is a semi-autonomous cultural body set up by in 1981 to formulate cultural policies ...

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The Old Mill Cultural Centre

The Old Mill Cultural Centre was officially established in 1985 to provide facilities for the administration of the arts ...

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Books For Sale

Heritage Dominica—A Collection of Old Dominican Photographs Vol 1 $50.00 $20.00
Heritage Dominica—A Collection of Old Dominican Photographs Vol 2 $50.00 $20.00
National Dress of Dominica
By Aileen Burton
$40.00 $15.00

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CD's For Sale

Sound of Dominica Vol 1 $30.00 $12.00
Sound of Dominica Vol 2 $30.00 $12.00
Sound of Dominica Vol 5
(Mabel Cissie Caudeiron’s—Kairi Artistic Troupe)
$30.00 $12.00
Sound of Dominica Vol 6
(Lawonn—Ring Games of Dominica)
$30.00 $12.00

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DVD's For Sale

DVD of Dominica's Traditional Dances



DVD of The Bele Dance of Dominica



DVD of The National Wear of Dominica



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