Bachata Ambassador® (Vesa Parkkari from Finland) in association with the diamond level partner Lee El Gringuito & Kat La Gata from Washington DC, USA and the Marketing Partners all around the world.
Contact Bachata Ambassador vesa(at)nabeina.fi to become a Marketing Partner.
Vesa Parkkari was five years ahead other festivals when he organized the 2 huge Yoskar Sarante bachata concerts in Finland in 2006. Vesa was the second Bachata Festival organizer in the world 2008 and now in Finland he has organized 7 world-famous Bachata Festivals. He also organized the Dominican Republic’s first Bachata Festival in Santo Domingo February 24-27, 2011 and the second Dominican Republic Bachata Festival in March 19-25, 2012.
The festival founder and organizer, Vesa Parkkari has visited the Domican Republic over 20 times and has an excellent background in authentic Dominican bachata. He also has done diplomatic bachata tasks and planned together with Dominican artist associations, TV stations and artists on how to develop Dominican bachata for international recognition. Vesa is officially registered and honoured as El Embajador de la Bachata® (Bachata Ambassador®)
DR1st, DR2nd and DR3rd
The first Dominican Republic Bachata Festival was held in Santo Domingo in February 24-27, 2011. It was organized by the Bachata Ambassador and was a success. The Festival’s 4 days were full of workshops, pool parties and cultural activities. Every night we enjoyed bachata parties in the most famous clubs of Santo Domingo (Paraiso Musical, Maunaloa and Prestige). We were able to fulfill and even exceed all expectations. We promised 3 live bands, but we finally offered 14 without any extra charge. All the live bands, artists and singers were top quality. We are all so proud of having seen Teodoro Reyes, the legendary cornerstone of Dominican bachata. We have never seen so many huge live bachata bands, artists and singers in any bachata festival of the world.
The first festival in 2011 was a large groundbreaking effort. Not willing to rest on our laurels, however, we put all our efforts into making the second festival in 2012 even better with fresh new ideas and concepts. The second Dominican Republic Bachata Festival was an outstanding success. The participants uniformly praised it as it as the best festival ever and I (as an organizer) am extremely grateful for having had such enthusiastic attendees. Once again, we have vowed to outdo ourselves for the Third Domican Bachata Festival and promise that there will be some new fantastic events! The DR3rd was a total success and it turned out to be the biggest bachata festival in the world with 15 live bands, 10 000+ Dominicans and nearly tripled amount of international attendees.
DR4 sold 32 tickets during the first 3 ticket sales days 10 months before the festival without a published price and contents. About half of the DR3rd participant will return. I think this is stunning! What else do you need to know? I recommend reserving the DR4 ticket right now, because they might be sold out many months before the festival. You can still get the best possible discount!
DR4 is the most
Authentic, Exotic and Fun
DR4 is the most authentic, exotic and fun bachata festival and dance adventure in Dominican Republic. It's supposed to be even better than DR3rd, which was the biggest and most exciting bachata festival in the world with 15 live bands, 10 000+ Dominicans and nearly tripled amount of international attendees from 25 countries. DR4 is focused on authentic Dominican style bachata and other Dominican dances. It includes workshops, fun activities and night parties/ concerts/ BachataTours.
DR4 is a Dance Adventure
Come and party with the world's most exciting&fun instructors and thousands of Dominicans on the Beaches, Pools, Cities, Dance Floors, Catamarans, Mountains & Jungles of the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
We start smoothly in the historical centre os Santo Domingo exploring the capital bachata and discovering the new unique ideas. The festival continues with a dream come true DANCE ORIENTED CATAMARAN EXCURSION TO THE SAONA ISLAND. Social media and youTube was filled with the fancy fotos and videos from our previous Catamaran trip. DR4 MAIN 5 DAYS IN JUAN DOLIO is full full of workshop, fun and night activities. Festival ends with DANCE ORIENTED MOUNTAIN-JUNGLE-WATERFALL EXCURSION.
The festival nights are filled with BachaTours, concerts and parties. We will see the most famous Dominican bachata bands, some local bands and the best clubs full of exotic dancers. Last time we had the world record 15 live bands, mayve we have this time even more.
Dominican Republic (DR) is the home of bachata where virtually everyone dances Bachata. The country is full of talented bachata singers and live bands. This is your opportunity to be inside bachata - to feel, smell and experience it - and to live the real bachata life.
DR4 structure January 17-27, 2014
Friday: Exploring the capital nightlife
Saturday: BachataTour Bonao with live band
Sunday: Colonial world
Monday: Shopping, moving and PreParty
Tuesday: Catamaran Excursion to Saona Island
Wednesday: BachataTour San Pedro de Macoris
Thursday: Night Beach Party, Bonfire, Theatre
Friday: BachataTour Sto Domingo - Kiko Rodriguez
Saturday: BachataTour Sto Domingo Barrios
Sunday: BachataTour Guerra - Zorro Negro
Monday: Jarabacoa Mountain-Jungle-Waterfall
FULL festival means 11 days and 12 night
DR4 MAIN 5 DAYS has many times more attractions than any other bachata festival in the world. Due to the big demand and the far away travellers wishes we have optionally 2 excursions and Santo Domingo 3 days PreExtension. It's 11 days full of action and it feels like participating 5 festivals in a row. We won't sell 1-2 days or party only tickets, because the MAIN 5 days gives so much better festival experience.
Bachata Business Rules in DR
DR3rd went smoothly. We didn't have any problem of whatsoever. Maybe we were just lucky or maybe the festival was perfectly planned. However, we have to take into consideration that the Dominican Republic does not follow all the international rules of business. Some of the Dominican bachata artists, party places and instructors have been known to break signed and paid legal agreements. Due to this fact the Fourth Dominican Republic Bachata Festival clearly states that nothing can be guaranteed and changes from the published schedule will occur. The changes and cancellations do not entitle ticket holders any discounts or refunds. In the past when cancellations occurred the festival organizers have always found excellent replacements.