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Aruba’s culture comes alive in the spirited rhythms, art and dance that fill our streets, homes, galleries and hearts.
Venture off Palm Beach to San Nicolas, Aruba’s “Sunrise City” – a charming coastal town home to galleries, colourful street art and the soul of our thriving art scene.
Or follow the spirited sounds of steel drums and calypso to our weekly Carubbian or Bonbini Festivals. Around every corner you’ll find Arubans dancing, celebrating and happy to share our rich culture with you.
Add some harmony to your holiday and immerse yourself in the distinct music of Aruba, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Expand your art collection or simply browse the vibrant Caribbean and local art that colours our cultural landscape.
Aruba has three dedicated art schools to nourish the creative talents of our local community and students from abroad.
We have a culturally rich, diverse population; the artistic payoff is one of the Caribbean's most vibrant art scenes.
The Aruban arts scene is a prominent element of Aruban culture. More and more travellers are coming to appreciate the presence of art in Aruba. Apart from our cultural celebrations, such as Carnival, local art and crafts are being brought to the forefront, too. Events such as “Korteweg” and the Aruba Art Fair are well attended and purveyors of Caribbean art are eager to share a piece of our culture with the rest of the world!
Discover the culture of Aruba! Learn about the fascinating history and traditions – as well as cuisine, music and art – behind this celebrated Caribbean island.
Traditional Aruban music, a mix of waltz, danza, mazurka and tumba, is typically performed during festivals and holidays, including Dia di Betico, Flag & Anthem Day, Dera Gai and the weekly Bon Bini Festival.
The local community and island visitors mark their calendars for three of the hottest annual Aruba music festivals: the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival and the Aruba Summer Music Festival. All three festivals feature celebrated international and local artists.
The latest addition to the art and music festivals in Aruba is the Carubbian Festival in San Nicolas. Performances by carnival groups in smashing brightly-coloured outfits, market stands offering local food and arts and crafts are part of this weekly festival in Aruba.