Aruba

Aruba has a handful of not-quite-famous but very talented stars. Over the years, several local artists, including composer Julio Renado Euson, choreographer Wilma Kuiperi, sculptor Ciro Abath, and visual artist Elvis Lopez, have gained international renown. Further, many Aruban musicians play more than one type of music (classical, jazz, soca, salsa, reggae, calypso, rap, pop), and many compose as well as perform. Edjean Semeleer has followed in the footsteps of his mentor Padu Lampe—the composer of the island’s national anthem and a beloved local star—to become one of the island’s best-loved entertainers. His performances pack Aruba’s biggest halls, especially his annual Christmas concert. He sings in many languages, and though he’s young, his style is old-style crooner—Aruba’s answer to Michael Bublé.

Finally, the island's many festivals showcase arts and culture. To find out what's going on, check out the local English-language newspapers or look for events online at aruba.com.

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  • 1. Bon Bini Festival

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    This year-round folklore event (the name means "welcome" in Papiamento), is held every Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Ft. Zoutman in Oranjestad...Read More

  • 2. Soul Beach Festival

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    Going into its 16th year in 2016, this big festival is becoming the island's top musical event. Held over May's Memorial Day weekend, it attracts...Read More

  • 3. Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival

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    The music begins at intimate venues around the island and leads up to a big two-day jazz, soul, and Latin music festival held at the Renaissance...Read More

  • 4. Carubbian Festival

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    Every Thursday night in San Nicolas, the main streets of Aruba’s old refinery town that locals called Sunrise City come to life in a spectacular...Read More

  • 5. Dera Gai (St. John's Day)

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    The annual harvest feast and "burying of the rooster" ( dera gai ) tradition is celebrated June 24 (the feast of St. John the Baptist). Festive...Read More

  • 6. Divi Aruba International Beach Tennis Tournament

    Festivals

    Aruba has become the beach tennis capital of the Caribbean, with its own leagues and global competitors. Each year Divi Aruba hosts an international...Read More

  • 7. Hi-Winds Pro Am Windsurfing Competition

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    Windsurfers of all skill levels from more than 30 different countries converge in June and July to compete off the beaches at Fisherman's Huts...Read More

  • 8. National Anthem & Flag Day

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    On March 18, an official holiday, you can stop by Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad for folkloric presentations and other traditional festivities...Read More

  • 9. The Dande Festival

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    Aruba's New Year traditions begin with a big bang before the big day, when Arubans light pagaras —strings of hundreds of firecrackers—all over...Read More

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