The Cultural Development Foundation and the Saint Lucian artistic community today mourns the loss of Blaise Claudio Pascal, a highly regarded international tenor who died on Wednesday.
The CDF notes that Blaise’s life and career as a lyrical tenor spanned a period of over 19 years, performing across the major metropolis of the globe yet he returned home to give of his time and talents to raise the standard of vocal performance in Saint Lucia and the region. Keen on vocal pedagogy and performance, Mr. Pascal had begun to conduct master classes to assist aspiring singers in their vocal pursuits, a work which had also taken him to Antigua and St. Croix USVI, where he also performed.
His dream had been to initiate a vocal program of studies through the Caribbean Development Program, which he saw as significant to raising interest and appreciation in the region for classical vocal music. In that regard CDF is aware that Mr. Pascal had some significant projects in the pipeline which had the potential to transform the life chances of their intended beneficiaries.
An avid supporter of charity, in July 2008 he was the featured artist in a song recital for the St. Lucia Salvation Army Meals on Wheels program. His work with the Just Us Choir and with numerous other young people rendered him more than a famous name, but someone who our youth could see and touch in their midst.
We understand that Blaise’s death has undoubtedly created a void in the continued development of the arts and although we have lost his presence, his legacy lives on in the lives and hearts of the many young persons he worked with.
We take this moment to applaud the excellent contributions of Blaise Pascal to the arts and our community and, on behalf of the Board and Staff of the Cultural Development Foundation, extends sincere condolences to his family and the artistic community on the passing of this exceptional gentleman.
Castries August 20th, 2013; The arrival of the cast and crew of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of “King Lear” was met with much fanfare this past Monday. Representatives of the Cultural Development Foundation and The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, as well as a large number of local media personnel converged on the Hewanorra International Airport to welcome the British thespians to what will be the final location of an expansive tour that has covered much of Europe and the UK.
At a press conference held on site, the Chairman of the CDF, Mr. Petrus Compton, spoke on the significance of “King Lear,” “I have been asked numerous times of the cultural significance of King Lear. King Lear in Saint Lucia means locals involved in a number of aspects of the creative industries will have the unparalleled opportunity to learn from this world class group of actors and directors. It means that in the very near future, we may be able to tout not only Joseph Marcel as a noted Saint Lucian thespian. King Lear in Saint Lucia means, in short, growth.”
Speaking on behalf of the SLTB, Public Relations Manager John Emmanuel echoed Mr. Compton’s sentiments of the potential for growth held within the hosting of international scale productions “This year, we couldn’t advertise and say please come to “O, Starry Night” or come to “King Lear”, but the possibilities are infinite for coming years. We now have another viable resource to market alongside our world class hospitality and distinguishing features like the Pitons. We can now say come to Saint Lucia and enjoy world class theatre, and that is huge! Nowhere else in the region is staging offerings like this.”
Joseph Marcel, noted Saint Lucia thespian and lead in the production spoke on the excitement of performing for audiences in his homeland, where until this juncture he has never performed, remarking in creole ”You know, many people leave Saint Lucia and go to America, or Canada or the UK, but they always think of home fondly. I am home.”
King Lear kicks off its 4 engagement run in Saint Lucia on August 21st at Fond D’Or Nature Reserve, with subsequent shows at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay on August 23rd and 24th. Tickets are available at The Cell outlets island wide and at Sunshine Bookshop in Rodney Bay.
The tenth edition of the popular Heineken Green Synergy DJ competition will begin to unfold from this weekend. For the past nine years this event has been the most anticipated summer long activity here and this year is expected to be no different. At a press launch on Wednesday, Gaius Harry Heineken brand manager said that over the years Heineken Green Synergy has grown and evolved and has also stamped its name as a recognized brand on the entertainment landscape of Saint Lucia. “And this we owe to the fans and supporters of the event from all across the island who have been with us along this journey. We also recognize the support of the participating DJ’s, the press, our judges, host and other support staff and team members,” Harry commented.
“This year, for the tenth Anniversary of Heineken Green Synergy, we have refocused the competition to ensure that we select, not just a winner, but a crop of DJ’s who will be well trained and groomed in preparation for regional and international exposure,” the Heineken brand manager said Wednesday.
Heineken Green Synergy will again be a DJ competition open to residence of Saint Lucia 18 and over, both male and female from all across the island. However this year the event is also open to regional participants. Registration is free and interested DJ’s can register online, at WLBL outlets and at various radio stations and bars across the island.
“In the coming weeks the team at WLBL be inviting DJ’s to play at various Heineken Summer promotions across the island where we will select participants to move into the semi-final rounds,” Harry pointed out. “These semi-finalists will then have to go through the paces of workshops and seminars as we expect to bring out the highest quality of DJ’s in this tenth edition of Heineken Green Synergy. The DJ’s will also be posed with various challenges as part of their selection for the grand finals,” he went on to say.
Following the selection of the semi-finalists, which will be done between July 28 and August 10- there will be two semi-finals, one at Pigeon Island on August 11, the other on the Kaka Bef, Vieux Fort July 18. The Finals will be held at Fond D’or on Sunday August 25, 2013.
The format for Heineken Green Synergy 2013 will allow for the competing DJ’s to showcase their tricks and mixing skills and techniques with a lesser emphasis being placed on the clash this year which will be a separate component. DJ’s will be allowed to use the medium they are most comfortable with including turntables, Serato or Virtual DJ and will once again utilize a mic man as an added component to their set.
The Grand Prize winner; The Saint Lucia Heineken Green Synergy DJ Ambassador 2013 will receive Cash and product rewards and prizes as well as the opportunity to play at Heineken sponsored events all year long. The winner will also be a guest VIP DJ at the popular Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten.
The public launch of Heineken Green Synergy will kick off this Sunday July 28 at the popular Sabwisha beach in Vieux Fort with the expected Heineken Green Synergy fun and excitement. Past Green Synergy winners will also participate in the event. “We are anticipating the usual support from our fans, the DJ’s and the media as we get set to make Heineken Green Synergy 2013 the Tenth Anniversary Edition, the biggest and best yet,” Gaius Harry says.
Caribbean culture will be on display at the annual Taste of the Caribbean where chefs and bartenders from the region take center stage to compete for the Caribbean’s top culinary honors. The Culinary Competition & Festival takes place June 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami. “The Caribbean is united in the promotion of the region’s indigenous flavours and products. From the world’s best spices to the best coffee, rums, beers and tropical fruits, our national cuisines are an important part of our destination marketing,” said Josef Forstmayr, chairman of CHTA and chairman of Taste of the Caribbean. “Our distinct cuisines are part of our national identities and Taste of the Caribbean showcases our region in a very powerful way,” Forstmayr added.
At Taste of the Caribbean over 10 teams from the Caribbean compete in a hot food/culinary team competition, bartender competition and pastry competition. Each participating team represents a Caribbean island which has held individual competitions to select their national team. Each team is composed of 2 senior chefs, 1 junior chef, 1 bartender, 1 pastry chef and 1 manager.
The participating team members represent hotels, restaurants or educational institutions in the Caribbean which are members of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).
The trade show as this event is a one-stop forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line.
There are currently ten Caribbean culinary teams registered for the event including Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the registration form, click here. For complete event details, click here. For all of the latest news and photos of teams participating in Taste of the Caribbean, follow on Facebook and Twitter.
more emphasis on the positive,
morphing from a dream
clawing free from of the cocoon of the mind
waiting on wishes,
the fragile wings spread out to dry
to give flight to the spawn of the mind
we’ve grown from thought to theory
fed on trials and bitter morsels of failure
made sweet with the nectar of success
strengthened for the limits and hurdles
we’ve known that dreams, like wishes
are born grown up
but yet, we change
we rise from the falls and scrapes
that shape us
Thursday November 29th
Kaw Kaw! Kaw Kaw!
Castries October 11th 2012
This month’s celebration of Creole Heritage month will see the release of Shayne Ross’ latest masterpiece – ‘Tjenbé. The song which was penned specifically for Davina Lee’s film ‘The Coming of Org’ features Ross’ sultry vocals in kwéyol.
The film features established actors Jason Sifflet (who lip-synchs to Ross’ song) and Mc Donald Dixon as well as new comers Ian Mitchell and Garnell Smith.
“For the film I wanted Shayne to write a song about overcoming the darkness within us, something hopeful. We recruited producer Johann Deterville and the result was magic, simply a beautiful song” says Lee.
“It’s always a very positive experience working with Johann and Davina. The synergy and level of creativity that results is nothing short of extraordinary,” says Ross. “When Davina told me the concept she had in mind I could speak to it almost immediately; I picked up my guitar and by the next morning the song was written. The song deals with themes of insecurity and struggles. Sometimes we’re faced with the difficult task of having to hold on to hope as our only means of accomplishing anything. It also means letting go of doubt and fear, which sometimes shields us from disappointments. This song deals with that, holding on or letting go, sometimes you cannot decide. But just as the dawn kills the darkness we can overcome our doubts and fears. I was deeply touched by the response it got from the actors and other people on the movie set. I just hope the general public will get the message and be able to relate” Ross said enthusiastically.
Ross is currently working on his debut album and the song ‘Tjenbé’ will be available for digital download shortly. The film ‘Coming of Org’ can also be seen later this month.