The National Schools Arts Festival is organised by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council and is held bi-annually over a five-day period. The Festival provides an opportunity for the schoolchildren of Dominica to nurture their creativity and at the same time it showcases their talents and skills in the artistic and cultural field.
The typical activities which form part of the National Schools Arts Festival are:
Choral Music and Vocal Solo performances for Secondary Schools, Choral Speech for Secondary Schools, Instrumental Music for Primary and Secondary Schools, Drama for both Primary and Secondary Schools, Creative Dance for both Primary and Secondary Schools and Art and Craft for Primary and Secondary Schools..
The Cultural Division feels that it is important to allow our schoolchildren in Dominica the opportunity to display their creativity in the arts because in that way we are encouraging their participation in positive activities and at the same time we are building their sense of self-esteem and national pride. We are also laying the foundations for the emergence of a whole new generation of artists.
The National Schools’ Arts Festival is usually held towards the end of the second school term just before the Easter break. The events forming part of the Festival are held in the mornings for one week – Monday to Friday.