Abolition of Slavery

Date: 01 February

Slavery was abolished on the island in 1835 by the British, following the vote of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833 by the British Parliament. Each year, to celebrate the abolition of slavery, concerts and commemorative events are organized throughout the island, especially at Le Morne, a symbolic place, which was the refuge of many runaway slaves

Official Wreath Laying Ceremony and Commemorative Programme.

Organiser : Ministry of Arts and Culture

Commemoration of Abolition of Slavery 2017 – List of Activities

Symbolic Wreath Laying Ceremony​
Date: 31 January 2017
Venue: Monument des Esclaves, Pointe Canon
Time: 16 00hrs

Official Programme
Date: 01 February 2017
Venue: Le Morne Public Beach – Opposite the International Slave Route Monument
Time: 10 30 to 12:00hrs

  • Wreath laying ceremony;
  • Projection of the film ‘Zenfant des Iles’ directed by Mr Sada Rajiah, which received best award in the competition organized by the Mauritius Film Development Corporation in the context of the Festival International Kreol 2016;
  • Speeches;
  • Presentation of cash prize to one best male & female CPE students 2016 of Le Morne Government School;
  • Clapping of the film ‘Resistance Marron’ by the Mauritius Film Development Corporation,directed by Mr Sada Rajiah; and 
  • a Cultural Show of 20 minutes comprising: 
    • Slam on mountain and slavery by children of Le Morne Village;
    • a stage play of  presented by the Creole Speaking Union and the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture


Le Morne Public Beach