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Saint Lucia’s New Summer of Festivals

Capitalizing on the popularity of the long running Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival as well as a few other special events which have attracted visitors over the past few years, Saint Lucia has announced a new set up with additional entertainment and cultural events to enhance tourism in the summer of 2017. The array of festivals will take place from May to October and are certain to add to the enjoyment of both visitors and locals alike.

The festivals are as follows:

Saint Lucia Jazz – May 12 – 14

First started in 1992, Saint Lucia Jazz  is recognized as one of the world’s premiere annual musical festivals. The event begins with numerous free concerts held at various communities and venues around the island and culminates with headliners performing at historic Pigeon Island National Landmark.  Confirmed artists for this summer include Grammy winning singer and actress Vanessa Williams, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona & Madekan Cubano, Rachelle Farelle, Malavoi and Victor Provost; additional acts are still to be announced.

Roots & Soul Festival – June 16 – 18

The Roots & Soul Festival is dedicated to musicians who are creating new trends in the genres of reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B. The event will include both free and paying performances at various venues around the island as well as classes and lectures conducted by well-known industry professionals. The main event will be held at the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 18.

Saint Lucia Carnival – June 24 – July 18

As numerous Caribbean islands have moved away from the traditional dates of Carnival relating to the beginning of the Lentin season to not compete with Rio, Trinidad and the New Orleans Mardi Gras in attracting increased numbers of international revelers, Saint Lucia has made it a very popular summer event. The three and a half week long celebrations include several musical competitions, parties, pageants and a two day finale of the parade of the bands. Visitors are very welcome to join in on all of the fun.

Food & Rum Festival– August 24 – 27

The Food & Rum Festival is a revival of an event that first took place in 2006, that attracted notable chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and food critiques from the Caribbean and around the world. Activities will promote Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, chefs, and regionally manufactured food and drink products with cooking demonstrations, rum and wine tasting and fine and local dining experiences. Events will also include musical, dance and cultural performances by young artists from Saint Lucia.

Country & Blues – September 15 – 17

The Country & Blues Festival will celebrate the two genres of music with roots in American folk traditions. Both styles share origins in common people telling of important and emotional experiences of their lives. Many foreigners may well not be aware that old style American country music is very popular in Saint Lucia and many locals will no doubt very much enjoy this new event along with visitors.

Arts & Heritage Festival – October 28 & 29

As every October is designated as Creole month in Saint Lucia the new Arts & Heritage Festival will serve as the culminating weekend to the various events that celebrate the island’s cultural and ethnic heritage. A variety of musical and theatrical performances as well as seminars, exhibitions, culinary experiences and traditional street parties can be enjoyed with the main attractions taking place on the weekend of October 28 and 29 which includes International Creole Day.

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