Big gains expected from Summer Festival

Minister for Local Government and Culture, Fortuna Belrose, has told reporters that she sees ‘tremendous’ financial gains from the Island’s new Summer Festival.

Belrose said the organizers are looking to work within the same budget  yet offer patrons a lot more.

“One of the things you have to realize is that change is always important in our lives. Some people have difficulty adjusting to change. The Jazz Festival as we know it is not going to be, but there will be a jazz programme within the Summer Festival that is organized and it will be an all jazz event. The programme will still be on during the same period of time – we will have the same focus,” she noted.

Belrose explained that the challenge for Saint Lucia is trying to ensure that the island gets maximum benefits from tourist arrivals.

She recalled that the authorities have said in the past that the Jazz festival has outgrown its usefulness and purpose.

“What we are trying to do now is to ensure that we develop a product that will be more enriching and economically beneficial for the country,” the minister said.

She stated that as a result, the Jazz Festival has been expanded into a Summer Festival that includes jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel over a three to four month period.

“We are hoping that whatever we deliver this year would be the beginning of great things to come for our country,” Belrose said.

Last year,Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced that there would be no Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2017.

In making the announcement, the former Tourism Minister said to spend $14 million over two weeks on one event made no sense.

He also said since BET dropped out, there has been no replacement to televise the event.

During its 25-year existence, the Jazz Festival has  brought together international as well as local musicians, and has featured some of the biggest names in music.


  1. Sad-But-True
    January 24, 2017 at 11:25 am

    LMAO.. So Belrose is stating that Jazz (as we know it is no more,) but yet came back and said, that Jazz will be ‘on’at the same time and the focus is still the same. What the in the hell of Evil Chastanet’s mind is this?
    So Belrose is reading Evil Chastanet’s incoherent and Evilous script too. Ok:)
    You’ll be sorry 🙂

    1. Anonymous
      January 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Next time read to understand.

  2. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Not one reporter said what jazz was intended to do. IT WAS TO BE A MARKETING TOOL AND HOW CAN YOU EXPECT IT TO MAKE A PROFIT FOR THE TOURIST BOARD. We must do our research and ask the important questions BECAUSE THE PRESS IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT DOING IT. I ASK DO OUR REPORTERS EVEN READ. When you hear reports it is the same limited vocabulary,overused expression and incorrect grammatical structures. Letting our young children listen to these reports may be doing more DAMAGE than good

  3. Bad boy
    January 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Anonymous total agreed and could never report the FACTS because everyone want to accepted a calypsoian once said its a dead hero society……….. papishow

  4. Anonymous
    January 25, 2017 at 1:48 am

    “Sad but true”,I believe you are too sick to’re such an evil person.All you do is spread evil words and thoughts.yack!
    Disgusting. Sickening.

  5. Sharon terrell
    February 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    SAD- BUT- TRUE not even GOD can cure you.everything that come out of your mouth is filth.You not a happy individual wash you eyes with jays and turpentine.Your understanding under your feet or you just evil SAD- BUT-TRUE.