Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival History
After 25 years of trendsetting the Caribbean festival product, Saint Lucia inaugurates the next chapter in the life of what was formerly Saint Lucia Jazz with a rebranded and redefined festival product that offers its patrons a full immersion into things culturally and creatively Saint Lucian.
‘Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival’ serves up many ‘firsts’ in addition to the already generous menu of free and paid venues, chart topping music and the most iconic legends in jazz and contemporary music to have populated the latter twentieth century.
At year 26, Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival spans a full 9 days and upwards of fifteen venues featuring some of the best live performances spiced with the celebration of Saint Lucian Arts, Culture and Cuisine. The rationale is to exploit the opportunities to be derived from the hosting of a prestigious and stellar festival, with the island’s burgeoning creative industries sector.
This creative sector component is defined by a literary and performing arts renaissance; a vibrant music performance and production sector; award winning gourmet chefs; and the consistent celebration of heritage through diverse genres of dance, song, language, fashion, fine arts. Saint Lucia, as the artistic mecca of the Eastern Caribbean Economic Union is well able to define a new and differentiated cultural component of an already unmatched touristic destination.
With a pulsing vibe evident across the stretch of north to south and the expanse of east to west The Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will comprise over fifty (50) artistes performing against some of the best backdrop locales this side of the hemisphere, from the signature Atlantic Ocean backdrop of the Pigeon Island National Landmark, to quaint and rustic village settings like Fond D’or Heritage Park in Dennery, Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie, and the tranquil Port Castries waterfront setting of the La Place Carenage.
In addition to great music events, will be street parties, live late night improv at the Rodney Bay village, and the new addition ‘piece de resistance’ – an international fashion event which will remain a permanent feature of the Festival. ‘Hot’ Couture is gunning for top ranking on the international fashion calendar, as a showcase for both established and rising stars in design.
Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival opens on May 5th at the ‘people’s auditorium’ – the Mindoo Phillip Park – to an all-star Caribbean Soca, Dancehall & Steelpan line up. The 2017 festival which is presented by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, along with the Platinum, Gold, Bronze and Collateral sponsors, culminates on the traditional Mother’s Day, May 14th.