Cultural Events in the Dominican Republic

Every country that has had as many different nations mixed throughout history as the Dominican Republic has had will always have a rich cultural life. You can only imagine the culture of people from Spain, people from Africa and the local Taino people brought together in one entity - which is what we have today on this paradise island in the Caribbean.
Here is a list of some of the most important and most interesting cultural events that take place in the Dominican Republic throughout the year:
• The Merengue Festival - Taking place in the town of Puerto Plata in the first week of October, this amazing festival is a celebration of the countryside harvests. It is a very interesting holiday, with a lot of different concerts, street performers, places to buy local home-made foods and drinks and so on. What's very interesting about this festival is that visitors can learn how local crafts are made and how their crops are grown, as well.
• The Cultural Festival - Even though it has a pretty unimaginative name, this festival will give you a chance to experience the best that the local music scene has to offer. Also taking place in Puerto Plata during the end of June, jazz, blues, merengue and local folk music is played and local dance troupes tend to spice up the whole atmosphere with salsa or African spiritual dances.
• The Latin Music Festival - In June, the city of Santo Domingo becomes a Latin music scene for a period of three whole days. Latin singers and performers from this country and from all over the world give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the wealth of Latin music.
• Cabarete Fun - If you happen to be in the Dominican Republic during the month of February, be sure to visit Cabarete. This town literally goes wild during February. Namely, every weekend during this month in Cabarete features a different festival. Therefore, there is a mountain bike race, a kite flying festival, a sand castle competition and a surfing and windsurfing competition at the end of the month.
All in all, it can be concluded that the Dominican Republic is a very interesting country to visit, if we consider all of the cultural events available to visitors. These events which have been mentioned are only a few of the most important ones, but there are still many more events that are worth visiting while vacationing on this picturesque island.
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