Officials “heartened” by response to inaugural Summer Festival

The Minister of Local Government and Culture Fortuna Belrose has said she is heartened by the response to the start of the inaugural St Lucia Summer festival.

The St Lucia Jazz festival – the first of six events planned under the banner – ended with a major concert at the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Sunday.

Belrose said despite some challenges, St Lucians responded in a very positive way to the event.

Amid reports of poor attendance, Belrose said four of the five major jazz events were well patronized based on preliminary figures, with the exception being the Saturday show.

“We trust that we did a good job of providing an event that St Lucians can go off now and indicate to their friends, relatives abroad that they had a very good experience at this year’s Jazz and they’ll be here for the next event which is next month,” Belrose said.

Belrose added that St Lucians demonstrated the festival is still in its budding stages.

She commended the organizing committee for being able to deliver a “quality event” which she said was produced entirely by St Lucians.

St Lucian Musician Ronald “Boo” Hinkson is optimistic that the re-branded festival will prove to be a success.

“It’s a thought process that has to be developed and I would hope that over the next few years the restructuring is going to be successful,” he said.

The Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee revealed the budget for this year’s Jazz Festival was $4 million; compared to the $14 million spent to host the event last year.

The next event planned on the St Lucia Summer Festival calendar is the Roots and Soul Festival scheduled for June 16-18.


  1. Merle
    May 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    😂😂😂 the quazz that was jazz?

  2. Blessings.
    May 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I miss Lorne Theophilus

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Yes uh, because he gave mizzy free tickets.

  3. Humm
    May 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I agree that we need to give the rebranding a chance to kick off. 14 million when St.Jude has equipment issues some lab test have to be done out x-ray machine down etc. Lorne carried on with something that was already there. Was it a case of more comp and VIP tickets goven to patronised the booths. JAZZ ONLY MADE A PROFIT FOR THE OPENING AT MARCHAND.

  4. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    That Press release must be a joke.

  5. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    This shouldn’t be a festival in its “budding stage”. We already had a festival with name recognition, profitable or not. You don’t kill the name and start from scratch. You build on what you have. A final Jazz festival to introduce this new festival, something to look forward too, different but exciting. Interest died the day they said no Jazz. Incompetent fools running around talking about rebranding.

    1. Anon1
      May 16, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Could not have said it better myself.

    2. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

      That’s the Problem with St.Lucians , “profitable or not.”

      1. Worldboss
        May 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm

        True… Jazz not suppose to be a profitable event. Its an event where every sector, guest houses, vendors etc, even down to the bus drivers. Now almost all the community jazz is no more. Monchy, Fond Dor, Soufriere .Change is good, not when you kill what already exist. I wish to see the tourist arrivals btw.

  6. LucianGemini
    May 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    St. Lucia Times, that is so one-sided. Being a press release service won’t cut it. Where’s the other side of the story? There is no verification of the claims set out; no other POV? Chupz tun. Seriously.

  7. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    a colossal failure . Chas has to . Chas the destroyer followed by incompetent guy

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Give us the price tag at the end of all the events which form part of the Summer Festival. Don’t start comparing the cost of putting on last weekend’s crap with a good Jazz Festival. When we could achieve the same goals at less cost, then we could talk. Right now the comparison will be skewed.

      Attendance does not look good to me from the picture above……heard that one show had only two persons in the audience.

  8. country first
    May 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This photograph was taken between the hours of 2pm and 3pm. It is very sad we are fighting ourselves for political reasons.

  9. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    total flop like the budget debate and then st lucia.

  10. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I guess the ministers and their families baught their tickets. or was it a UWP jazz.

  11. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Tropical Trump

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      my crowd was bigger that your crowd…haha

  12. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Two uncompleted hospitals due to incompetence and corruption. a country millions in the hole. We have more important things to worry about! If the jazz festival dies may it rest in piece!