Soca star Machel Montano, performing as Monk Monte, at the Heat Wave event during Carnival 2015, produced by Eventology. Photo by Mark Phillip-Simpson, courtesy Eventology

Eventful times

Carnival is big business in Trinidad and Tobago — and not just during the “season,” as festival entrepreneurs move into year-round event coordination.

Peter Minshall on the road with the band. Photo by George Tang

The history of paradise: on Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost

It’s the stuff of Carnival legend: the eruption of masman Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost on the streets of Port of Spain, forty years ago. Now a new documentary, using long-forgotten archival footage, brings the band back to life. Ray Funk tells the story.

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Caribbean Datebook (January/February 2016)

Your guide to Caribbean events in January and February, from a jazz festival in Haiti to Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo by Maria Nunes

Word of mouth (January/February 2016)

T&T’s Carnival Kings and Queens cross the stage, while regional Carnival celebrations across the two islands have all the energy without Port of Spain’s crowds and chaos.

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Caribbean Datebook (November/December 2015)

Your guide to Caribbean events in November and December, from film festivals in Cuba and the Bahamas to Suriname’s Owru Yari send-off.

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Word of mouth (November/December 2015)

The fourth Ghetto Biennale opens in Haiti, Trinidad Carnival prep moves into high gear, and a family tradition puts wanderlust into Christmas.

Photograph courtesy Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in September and October — from Young Talent at Jamaica’s National Gallery to St Lucia’s Jounen Kwéyòl.

The landmark Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. © Tropicalpixsingapore/iStock

Word of mouth (July/August 2015)

Haiti hosts the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, and a London exhibition celebrates the legacy of John La Rose.

Photograph courtesy St Kitts Tourism Authority

Caribbean datebook (May/June 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in May and June — from the St Kitts Music Festival to the Tobago Legends football tournament.

Photograph by Paul Crask

Word of mouth (May/June 2015)

Tropical beauty at Dominica’s annual flower show, and going the distance at the Rainbow Cup Triathlon.