The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival (SLJAF) is an internationally acclaimed event that combines and showcases local, regional and international music and arts. The Festival was first held in 1992 and exclusively featured jazz acts, including Wynton Marsalis, who played at the opening; world famous names like Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, Tito Puente, Maceo Parker and Dee Dee Bridgewater lined up to appear at one of the world's most beautiful venues, Pigeon Island National Landmark, and Saint Lucia Jazz became the party to be seen at in the Caribbean.
Over the past 25 years the event has grown and evolved to feature an increasingly diverse menu of music genres including R&B, reggae and world music. Household names like Ziggy Marley, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, UB40, John Legend - the list of talent to have graced the stages of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival is a who's who of the international music industry.
In 2013 the Festival was rebranded and renamed Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival to give an infusion of Saint Lucian arts and culture to the music, and the demands of travellers for more authentic experiences and cultural immersion are filled by the revamped Festival.