International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Trinidad Tobago

Trinidad Tobago at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

Hustle and bustle, peace and quiet. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago could not be more different from each other. However, they share an immense cultural wealth, the result of the peaceful cohabitation of different ethnic groups, languages and religions. The music is also the result of many influences. Calypso, soca, chutney and rapso are an intrinsic part of the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago. The celebrations, too, draw on this cultural diversity.
Trinidad's Carnival is one of the most coveted events in the world and is experienced with thousands of people in costume enjoying street parties, ironic calypsos and the casual, vibrant music of steel bands. The island of Trinidad, which millions of years ago was part of the continental shelf, has rainforests, savannahs, jungles, swamps and wetlands. Beautiful swamps, tree-lined canals and a multitude of mangroves are home to caimans, exotic four-eyed fish, some dwarf anteaters, herons, crayfish waving their claws in the mud, and hundreds of scarlet ibises, which fly over Trinidad's skies when they return to the mangrove at dusk.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008