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Nos Zjilea Cultural Event

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST

Bonaire's fishing fleet receives a blessing each September.

The Nos Zjilea event has a fusion of local arts and crafts, plants and vegetables, and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at Mangazina di Rei terrace.

The theme of this month’s presentation is dedicated to the men of the sea!  All presentations are presented in Papiamentu and translated into English.

Bonaireans excelled at being good fisherman, not only in the waters around the island, but also in crossing the ocean to the Las Aves and Los Roques archipelagos, small islets off the coast of Venezuela. They would fish in the lush and pristine area for months at a time and sell their catch to local Venezuelan wholesalers before finally returning home. Even today it is an honor for several local fisherman that they are regarded as real “seamen.”

Mr. Jair Francees, who is one of the youngest fishermen on the island, will tell us about his techniques and experiences to throw his net to catch bait.

The fisherman does not have an easy life. He must stay at sea for long times to earn his daily bread. Each year there is a special competition for the local fishermen. During this weekend’s Nos Zjilea, two participants from this local competition, Mr. Constantino “Tino” Thielman and Mr. Sherwin Theodora, will share their experiences as fishermen through the years.

There is a saying that goes that you may eat everything that the sea provides. A number of the island fisherman have already learned how to fish from their parents at a very young age. A much preferred platter on the island is the lobster. Mr. Robert “Robby” Martis will tell us how he catches lobsters and the stories about his experiences.

There will also be various market stalls with local, fresh products, art and local dishes. The kitchen opens at 10 a.m. with the possibility to sample various local dishes during the afternoon. Enjoy all this in the cozy atmosphere with a live performance by the local band, Watapana.


September 28, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST
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Mangazina di Rei


Mangazina di Rei
Boulevard Miguel A. Pourier z/n,
Rincon, Bonaire,
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