President of RI Cape Verdean Heritage Subcommittee, Rosy Tavares, speaks about the importance of carrying on the Cape Verdean tradition and culture.

Since 1976, the Rhode Island Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival is the oldest celebration of the Cape Verdean community in the United States. It preserves the Cape Verdean culture and celebrates the Cape Verdean heritage. The festival goes from noon to dusk and features traditional music, dance and food, along with a cultural, health/wellness and educational tents. We will also have this year arts and crafts from local artists including various activities for children. Last year’s event was a huge success. We always make this a special occasion and we anticipate a memorable event with a crowd of thousands to come and experience the culture of the Cape Verde Islands. To put on this spectacular event we need help from sponsors who make a difference in our community. Funds raised will go toward upfront festival costs such as park rental, security, sound and entertainment, various cultural tents and other miscellaneous expenses. We hope that you will partner with us to celebrate the Cape Verdean heritage and culture while also bringing to light the unity and strength of the businesses in the area that are patronized by the Cape Verdean community.

RI Cape Verdean Heritage community listing