SLP not enthused about Summer Festival

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is not enthused about the Saint Lucia Summer Festival which will replace the Island’s Jazz and Arts Festival.

Asked whether the SLP was interested in the new event or excited about it, SLP leader Philip J. Pierre told reporters: “No, we are not.”

In response to a reporter’s question about giving the event a chance,  the former Tourism Minister said policies are a little more than giving things a chance.

“When you are going into any policy you have to analyse it – you have to look at the pros and the cons, it is not about a chance. You give chances in the lottery and bingo parties, not government policies,” Pierre said, adding that costs and benefits had to be considered.

He asserted that the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival was the means by which people got to know about Saint Lucia.

“It’s not about people coming to the festival in its own right, it’s the amount of  people getting to know about this country,” Pierre stated.

Just last month Minister for Local Government and Culture, Fortuna Belrose, told reporters that she sees ‘tremendous’ financial gains from the  Summer Festival which will begin in May.

She explained that the organizers are looking to work within the same budget  yet offer patrons a lot more.

Recalling that the that the authorities have said in the past that the Jazz festival has outgrown its usefulness and purpose, Belrose  stated that as a result, the  event was expanded into a Summer Festival that includes jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel over a three to four month period.

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. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This island is its own worst enemy…..

  2. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Let us be patient and wait to see and assess the outcome. Wasn’t there a first time for the Jazz festival? .

  3. A Non Moustique
    February 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Slp not enthused by any thing when they not in power.

  4. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    They’ll never be… Cuz it’s their job to oppose everything no matter how good…

  5. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Even if the country spent $14 million dollars for jazz, they would get twice that amount back, the business owners of st. Lucia would not sponser a show if they would not get their money back with interest..

  6. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    SLP has nothing to do? Just blindly opposing everything. I suppose if you complain about every single thing everyday you’ll find something that you can use. And you’ll take that one thing and make it seem like the world and you knew it all along. Pip can you spend more time pressing your party to answer the unanswered questions the Lucian people have?? What happened with this jufali appointment