The 2023 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant Hit Excessive Notes

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – From Might 5 – 14, 2023, Saint Lucia welcomed again the famend Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant and hit many excessive notes. This extremely anticipated occasion returned after a three-year hiatus and captivated international audiences. Set towards the picturesque backdrop of Pigeon Island nationwide park, the competition showcased a various programme that includes world-renowned musicians, artists, and performers. From Grammy winners to rising stars, the levels got here alive with an eclectic mixture of genres.

Preliminary figures reveal that over 10,000 competition goers attended every day with roughly 9,000 worldwide guests buying tickets to the occasions over the period. Genres included Afro beats, pure jazz, pop, Kingdom gospel, Soca, reggae, Zouk, Caribbean fusion and world beats. On the ultimate night, The Final Celebration ended with awe-inspiring performances by 17-time Grammy Award Winner, Sting, and multi-Grammy Award-winning dancehall/reggae icon, Shaggy.

Sting and Shaggy St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Sting and Shaggy – Picture credit score Ronald Raoul

“The 2023 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant is a transformative drive, driving development for the island whereas showcasing international headliners together with native expertise. Anchored within the preservation of tradition, group, and artistic improvement, the competition additionally stands as a outstanding platform for the elevation of native expertise, mesmerizing audiences from throughout the globe,” expressed Thaddeus M. Antoine, Chairman of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant. “This yr’s version surpassed all expectations, showcasing the head of music, artwork, and tradition all through the complete island. From pulsating jazz rhythms to awe-inspiring visible spectacles, the competition was an immersive journey that introduced pleasure to 1000’s of residents and a few 9 thousand guests, transcending age and background.”

St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Followers having fun with the Daytime Performances on Pigeon Island Picture Credit score: Ronald Raoul

Distinctive Performances

“We made an intentional coverage determination to revive the competition to its former splendour, infusing it with a vigorous ambiance and presenting distinctive performances that elevate the worldwide standing of this prestigious occasion. The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant stays an influential mechanism for financial prosperity, revitalizing the tourism sector and nurturing the event of native companies and expertise,” Remarked Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Minister for Tourism, Funding, Inventive Industries, Tradition, and Info.

This yr’s sponsors included Digicel, King Ocean Providers, Lucelec, Financial institution of Saint Lucia, Courts, Antigua Festivals Fee, Barbay Restricted, Heineken Saint Lucia Ltd., KFC, 1st Nationwide Financial institution, SOL EC Restricted, St. Lucia Employees Credit score Union Restricted, and Cabot Saint Lucia.

The collective efforts of occasion organizers, journey companions, native and visiting media, volunteers, and the group have solidified the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Pageant as a must-visit occasion. Plans are already underway for the subsequent staging from April 30 to Might 12, 2024, promising an inspiring expertise.

St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Picture Credit score: Ronald Raoul


Originally posted 2023-05-23 23:48:01.