Directed by Lisa Wickham, the documentary Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora explores the way in which the Caribbean diaspora contributes to the region’s economy through ‘diasporic tourism’.
Readytex is the leading privately owned retailer of Surinamese fine visual art and craft located in Paramaribo. The gallery has been part of the Readytex concept since 1993 and has spearheaded an explosion of creative development in Suriname's visual art world.
Located in Fort Zeelandia, this museum introduces Suriname’s rich and multi-cultural history and traces the ways in which Surinamese culture has been shaped by different cultures, from indigenous people to Amerindians, Europeans, Creoles, Chinese and more.
The museum is located in the centre of Paramaribo. It provides an overview of the many currencies and other kinds of payment items, which from the 17th century have served as legal tender in Suriname, and through it, traces the history of Suriname.
This one day tour visits Amerindian potters and Maroon woodcarvers where visitors can become acquainted with these century old crafts that have been preserved and passed down through generations. The itinerary also includes a visit to the Lelydorp butterfly farm.
On the Commewijne plantation tour, travel along the river to the former colonial plantations that once spearheaded a thriving trade based on sugar, coffee and cocoa cultivation. Discover the role they played in the history of Suriname.
Visit what was once the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, Jodensavanne is now only ruins and an old cemetery, was the settlement of the first Portuguese-Jewish immigrants who came to Suriname around the 17th century.
De Plantage is just a short drive from Paramaribo. It is situated on what was once De Montpellier Plantation, known for its cocoa production. Guests can walk through the woods near De Plantage and still come upon cocoa plants, now growing wild.
Each unique room of the Sheva Hotel features hand carved furnishings and is decorated with artwork. Located in Paramaribo, the capital and largest city in Suriname, Fort Zeelandia and St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral are all just a short distance away.
Overlooking the center of Paramaribo, the hotel offers a magnificent view of the Suriname River and its surroundings. Genuine Surinamese wood is used throughout the design of the hotel, creating a comfortable atmosphere that incorporates Suriname’s local resources.
This festival in March celebrates the unique cultural heritage of Suriname through workshops for all ages on traditional dance, cooking, music, language and more.
This former Dutch colony is host to a synthesis of diverse cultures. Located in the north-west of
South-America between Guyana and French Guiana, Suriname, which was once known as Dutch
Guiana, is peopled by Maroons, Indians, Amerindians, Indonesians and Creoles. Its population is
the result of Dutch and British colonization, and of the exploitation of Suriname’s natural resources.
Nowadays investment in tropical forest cleaning provoked mass deforestation in the interior,
which has raised the ire of the people who live in those areas such as the Maroons, who are the
descendants of African slaves that escaped and built their own community in the middle of the
jungle, maintaining a West-African culture. Dutch is the official language although English, Sranang,
Tongo, Hindi and Javanese are also spoken. The diversity of the country is also reflected in its
religious mix which includes Catholics, Hindus, Muslims and Protestants.
This mixture of cultures has caused political tension, as the political parties are ethnically based,
which makes reaching any consensus difficult. Politicians also have to encounter issues of corruption
and drug-trafficking, Dési Bouterse, the current President, has been accused by the Netherlands
of drug-smuggling in the late 90s. Bouterse led a coup in Suriname in 1980 and was leader of the
country throughout the 1980s. In 2010 he was reelected to the Presidency. Bouteres was involved in
the ‘December Murders’ in 1982, in which 15 of his political opponents were executed in cold blood.
During his military dictatorship he also committed various massacres of Maroons in the interior,
such as the Moiwana massacre in 1986, but he has refuted all these accusations and proposed a law
which would in effect grant amnesty for all suspects of the December murders.