The abolition of slavery is at the very center of Reunion Island’s arguably biggest festival of the year, which is going to be celebrated from tomorrow until Sunday at Etang Sale les Bains.
Launched in 2010 by this French region, located far from the French mainland in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, the festival has quickly become a showcase event for Reunion Island. It is paying tribute not only to those who fought to abolish the human trade but also celebrates the resulting blend of culture on the island where the influence of the Creole people is visible everywhere. Art, fashion, song, poetry, and food, not to forget the unifying language which is spoken across several of the Vanilla Islands, a tourism marketing cooperative now embracing 7 Indian Ocean islands, is what makes Reunion Island so unique. French organization and infrastructure combines with the unique mix of Creole input into the island’s society, providing visitors with an experience which is rare to find elsewhere.