JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL HEIGHTENS ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

Local Service providers account for approximately 40% of the total jazz budget!   Saint Lucia (February 18, 2015) – The largest and most recognized musical, cultural and historical showpiece on Saint Lucia – the re-branded Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, is again set to provide employment opportunities for thousands on the island.   Notwithstanding the scores of local artistes and artisans that will grace jazz performance venues across the country over the eleven days of the Festival, thousands of other Saint Lucians will derive economic activity through the provision of vital festival ancillary services.   Already dozens of individuals, as well as privately owned small, medium and large sized enterprises have responded to calls for Request for Proposals to provide technical and logistical support towards staging the iconic festival.   Keenly sought after service providers range from Sound and Light engineering, Stage Decor, Coordination & Management, Photography, Videography and Emceeing services, Graphic Designs and Media Relations support, Transportation and Catering, Security services and Cleaning to name a few.   “The annual outsourcing of these services spurs direct economic activity amounting to millions of dollars and provides vital employment opportunities for thousands of Saint Lucians,” says Director of Tourism Louis Lewis.   The participation of local services providers, estimated at over 40% percent of the overall Jazz & Arts budget, “also allows for capacity building through the development of a cadre of highly skilled and competent individuals, who over the two decade history of the festival, have honed their respective talents and skills,” noted Lewis.   The deadline for receipt of RFP’s for this year’s festival is February 24,...

Soufriere Creole Jazz Is On!

PRESS RELEASE - One of each of the region’s best-known lovers rock, bouyon, soca and jazz musicians will take center stage at the picturesque grounds of the Soufriere mini-stadium during the 8th annual Soufriere Creole Jazz. This year’s event hopes to emulate the success of 2014, when world-acclaimed compass and zouk group Kassav, thrilled the over 4,000 persons who had come out to see the headline act perform. St. Lucian soca band Eva Lucian, Jazz guitarist Boo Hinkson, and R&B singer Shane Ross all gave a sterling account of themselves to produce a memorable show that saw the event receive great reviews and the organisers, Soufriere Foundation, much acclaim. In order to replicate last year’s success, the Soufriere Foundation has lined up the May 1, 2015 event with big-name performers covering a wide genre of music. The buzz around this year’s show centres on lovers rock and reggae sensation Jah Cure and the Dominican bouyon group, the Original Bouyon Group (WCK). St. Lucian soca songwriter/singer Teddyson John; jazz composer, arranger and singer, Barbara Cadet and Soufriere’s very own, Future Lights, will also feature. Since the line-ups announcement, local Facebook pages have been awash with satisfaction. “I am thrilled that Soufriere Creole Jazz has moved from an event that showcased predominately St. Lucian talent, to one that exposes people from the south western region who are unable to attend the large shows in Castries because of transportation issues to these celebrated international and regional artists,” said Soufriere Creole Jazz fan Della Flavius. Patrons can expect the same high quality in the show’s production and decor this year. “Most of last...

Island-Wide Lodging Values and Savings Available Now For The 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival

Island-Wide Lodging Values and Savings Available   SAINT LUCIA (March 16, 2015) – Tickets are on sale now for the 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival at www.stluciajazz.org with prices ranging from $24 to $80 per day. Online tickets will be discounted 15 percent through March 31 and a 10 percent discount will be applied to bulk orders of 20 tickets or more starting April 1.   The 11-day festival raises the curtain on April 30 at Mindoo Phillip Park with dozens of must-see events to follow, including the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, May 7 at the National Cultural Center in Castries. Main stage events kick-off on Friday, May 8 at the Pigeon Island National Landmark and continue through Sunday, May 10.for a festival finale filled with star-studded performances.   Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Marie featuring Grant Stewart, two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso and reggae singer Beres Hammond. The 11-day festival kicks off on April 30 and runs through May 10 featuring hundreds of musical performances and art showcases throughout the island.   “For more than two decades, the Jazz and Arts Festival has featured legendary names in music and this year’s line-up is no exception,” says Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism. “Travel packages are also available, making it easy for festivalgoers to enjoy the best of Saint Lucia’s art, culture, and music.”   Lodging packages across the island will inspire notes as high as the...

SPONSORS FOR 2015 JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL TAKE CENTRE STAGE

Corporate Partners Renew their Commitment to the Long-standing Festival! SAINT LUCIA (March 13, 2015) – Saint Lucia’s corporate community has reaffirmed its commitment and robust support for one of the largest and longest running events on island – the internationally acclaimed Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.   On Thursday March 12th, Festival Presenter - the Saint Lucia Tourist Board - collaborated with Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa in paying tribute to and honoring the many corporate partners who contribute to the continuing success of the annual event. Grouping a wide cross-section of leading business houses, the occasion also included the highly symbolic Sponsors’ Cheque Hand-over Ceremony.   Now ranked with some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts has become the Caribbean’s premiere festival experience, through many years of continued commitment by Saint Lucia’s business community, which has generously lent support and brand power. Director of Tourism Louis Lewis remarked, “Sponsor buy-in remains one of the key factors powering the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. We strive to remain the type of activity sponsors are eager to partner with, ensuring a high return on their investments while maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship.” Amidst tough economic constraints, the Saint Jazz & Arts Festival has been successful in attracting new and diverse sponsorship from major business houses operating on island.   Some of the corporate entities associated with the 2015 festival are Gold sponsors: Columbus Communications St. Lucia Limited, Digicel, Heineken, King Ocean, LUCELEC, Silver sponsors: Bank of St. Lucia, Coco Palm Resorts, Windjammer Landings, Bronze  Sponsors: Bay Gardens Resorts, Chairman’s, Royal by...