All set for Soufriere creole jazz

Soufriere, St. Lucia – Preparations are moving smoothly for what organisers of the Soufriere Creole Jazz & Arts Festival call, “a party under the Pitons.”  

The much-anticipated festival is two days of art, culture and music which provides an unforgettable experience that thousands of St. Lucians look forward to each year.  

This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Soufriere mini-stadium.

The festival’s presenter, the Soufriere Foundation, has promised an inescapable social, cultural and melodic experience.

 According to Soufriere Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Walter Francois, “Our festival is a unique blend of activities and music which we hope leads to a memorable experience.  Festival goers can engage in sailing with Mystic Man Tours, have an unmatched culinary and accommodation experience at the world-renowned Ladera Resort or Sugar Beach AViceroy Resort, do fine dining at Orlando’s Restaurant or take a visit to Sulphur Springs Park.  There is something for almost everyone.”

“The addition of an arts and culture component will strengthen the indigeneity of our product and compliment the Creole flavour of the festival.  And of course, there is the fine collection of musical performances that the festival is well known for which has attracted festival goers year after year,” he added.

On Saturday morning, the Soufriere Waterfront will come alive with residents and visitors contributing towards the painting of a community collage, while, artisans from the neighbouring communities and Soufriere will engage in an outdoor exhibition of sculpting and craft, batik, pottery and basket making.

Festival goers will be free to try their hands at making their own creative productions with the consent and assistance of the artisans.  

From midday until 4:00 pm attendees will be treated to cultural dances, music and theatre from the Soufriere Primary School La Marguerite Group, Choiseul La Rose Group and Komic Kingz.

This session will climax with a rendition of contemporary dance by the Temptation Dancers of Fond St. Jacques, Soufriere,

At 6:00 pm, Clarites Dance Group will kick of the night’s proceedings with a demonstration of quadrille dance.

 Their performance will be followed with a much-anticipated display of steel pan playing by the award winning St. Lucy Steel Pan Orchestra from Micoud.

 Thereafter, cultural music group, Lapo Kabwit, will change the tempo a bit and help us reconnect with our colonial past through its selections of cultural songs expressed creatively through drums.  

Of course, no truly St. Lucian cultural experience is complete without the pulsating indigenous rhythms and song of Avot Servis.  With their popular songs, Coco and Sis Misye, the group is sure to have festival goers longing for more.

The honour of closing the night will go to a local musical band, New Vybez.  Having performed at Soufriere Creole Jazz in 2012 and weekly at local hotels, the band is by no means new.

 This group of talented, versatile and energetic young musicians will give festival goers a taste of what the Sunday music fest will deliver. And deliver we are sure the Soufriere Creole Jazz and Arts Festival will.   

The Soufriere Creole Jazz and Arts Festival is presented by the Soufriere Foundation with Digicel, Bank of Saint Lucia, Ladera Resort, Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort, MBC/Real FM and Choice/Mediazone being its Platinum sponsor.  

The festival’s Gold sponsors are Heineken, Blazin/Rythm FM, Hot FM, Radio St. Lucia, Radio Caribbean International; Silver sponsors: The Wave, St. Lucia Tourist Board, MCE Sounds, DBS TV, Peter and Company Distribution and Bronze sponsors: Chairman’s Reserve and Cool Runnings Purified Water.     

Other sponsors without which the event would not be possible are Global Directories, LUCELEC, Orlando’s Restaurant, Martha’s Tyre Service, CGM Gallager Insurance Brokers, Tolyn Manufacturers Ltd, Trents Construction, GTM Insurance, Cool Breeze Jeep & Car Rental, Harmony Yachts Services, Cox & Company, Mystic Man Tours, Cultural Development Foundation, 88.5 Soufriere FM, Unicomer, Merchandising Plus and Caribbean Grains Ltd.