Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group/WikiCari Festival

The first annual WikiCari Festival happened on Saturday, September 19, 2020
Catch up on the action here.

WikiCari Festival on Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedians of the
User Group

The Caribbean
LocationThe Caribbean
Country codeWIS
Approval date26 July 2019
Official language(s)Spanish, English, French, Dutch, French Creoles, English Creoles
Other language(s)Other ethnic languages
E-mail addresswikicariinfo(_AT_)

#WikiCariFest is a first-of-its-kind, online Wikimedia community celebration of Caribbean cultures, colours, creeds & ideas – hosted by Wikipedia Weekly!

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Leeds West Indian Carnival (9600002391)

Wikimedians of the Caribbean aims to achieve this through threading-the-needle through the various composite parts of the Caribbean experience; Food, Literature, Folklore, and the Visual & Performing Arts.

The event aims to:

  • Increasing awareness of various parts of our regional culture.
  • Sparking greater awareness of the heterogeneity of Caribbean culture and its 30+ million inhabitants.
  • Galvanizing community members to improve contributions on Wikipedia Categories, Commons & most importantly, WikiData - in all the region's representative languages.

September 19 Livestream edit

The Wiki Cari Festival live-stream was on September 19, 1:30 -5 PM EDT on Wikipedia Weekly, and is available for viewing on YouTube.

Event Schedule edit

The schedule is in Eastern Daylight Time / Atlantic Standard Time

START: 1:30 PM

Welcome and introductions: With Wiki Cari Leadership and hosts of Wikipedia Weekly

TIME CHECK A -- 2:00 PM Guest Speaker: Rubadiri Victor: The salience of multidimensionality in representations of Trinbagonian Culture -- Digitally Archiving Indigenous Lore, Life & Living in the Twin Island Republic.

TIME CHECK B -- 2:30 PM Music of the Caribbean: Folk Songs from the Caribbean Nationals on the Call + Recommendations from Social Media. How can we improve Wikipedia articles on Caribbean music?

TIME CHECK C -- 3:00 PM Wah Gwaan Pon Wikidata? Waiz di scene on WikiData? (What’s up on WikiData?) Segment Speaker: Ian Ramjohn + wider Panel We'll look at Indigenous Botany, Food of the Caribbean & Caribbean “Imports” -- Tell us TWO from your own country! We’ll put it to the community to make the linkages LIVE

TIME CHECK D -- 3:30 PM Diversity of the Caribbean A look at cultural diversity of the Caribbean (guest speaker to be announced)

TIME CHECK E -- 4:00 PM How to get involved in the Wiki Community Segment Speaker/Guest: News on Wiki // Sherry Antoine & Pete Forsyth News on Wiki Presentation (with group seminar happening immediately following the festival at 5:15 PM EDT)

TIME CHECK F -- 4:30PM Wiki Community 2030 Update Guest Speaker: Mehrdad Pourzaki, Wikimedia Strategy Design Team

TIME CHECK G -- 5:00 PM Closing remarks and Celebration Wiki Cari Panel is back, join us as we close out an exciting day. Join News on Wiki Seminar immediately after the festival at 5:15 PM

5:00 PM Wiki Cari Festival END

After Fest, at 5:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time:

Join News on Wiki Seminar immediately after the festival at 5:15 PM on Zoom (To be announced here Saturday 9/19/20, sign up here for an update email:
click here to join the seminar

Focus Areas / Ideas for editing edit

Let's add some more Caribbean flavor to Wikipedia! Please add to some topic areas for editing that could use some love.

This call-to-action centers around various themes. Feel free to add to the mandate!


  • Anancy Stories
  • El Chupacabras
  • Douens
  • Soucouyants
  • Papa Bois
  • Mama D'Leau / Mama Dloo
  • La Diablesse


  • Mofongo
  • Bake & Shark
  • Oxtail
  • Pelau
  • Chevere
  • Curry Goat
  • Conch Salad
  • Peas n Rice
  • Johnny Cake
  • Mangú
  • Oil Down
  • Fry Bake
  • Roast Bake
  • Dumpling
  • Curry Mango
  • Red Mango
  • Mango Amchar
  • Kuchela
  • Roti
  • Ochro and Rice
  • Callaloo
  • Coo Coo
  • Crab and Callaloo
  • Curry Crab and Dumplings
  • Fungee
  • Doubles
  • Chow (Mango, Pineapple, Plum)
  • Mannish Water
  • Pacro Water


  • E. R. Braithwaite
  • Martin Carter
  • Dereck Walcott
  • V. S. Naipaul
  • Louise Bennett-Coverley
  • Olive Senior
  • Chrisitan Campbell
  • Luis Palés Matos
  • Earl Lovelace
  • Michael Anthony
  • Anthony De Verteuil
  • C.L.R. James
  • Alfred Mendes
  • Samuel Selvon
  • Sonny Ladoo
  • Nala Hopkinson
  • Andrew Salkey
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Caryl Phillips
  • Erna Brodber
  • Édouard Glissant

Caribbean News Media


Performing Arts

  • Little Theatre
  • Edna Manley School of the Visual & Performing Arts
  • Little Carib Theatre
  • Trinidad Theatre Workshop
  • National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA)

Have recommendations for other uncovered parts of the Caribbean Experience? Add it here!


  • Calypso
  • Soca
  • Chutney
  • Soca Chutney
  • Steelband
  • Zouk
  • Rumba
  • Reggae
  • Ska
  • Mento
  • Dance Hall


  • Robert 'Bob' Nesta Marley
  • Mighty Sparrow / Slinger Francisco
  • Mighty Kitchner / Aldwyn Roberts
  • Roaring Lion / Raphael De Leon
  • David Michael Rudder
  • Calypso Rose / Mc Cartha Lewis
  • Machel Montano
  • Beryl Mc Burnie
  • Molly Ahye
  • Astor Johnson
  • Joyce Kirton
  • Geoffrey Holder

Partnerships edit

Post event edit

NewsOnWiki campaign

Please note that News On Wiki will hold a seminar immediately following the Festival at 5:15-6:00 PM EDT/AST, Sep. 19, 2020. Register here.

Interested? Sign up Here edit