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Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Continues on the Fringe


Saint Lucia Sound Stage – at the Cocoa Palm Car Park, Rodney Bay Marina:

May 6th

6:00 pm                Diamond  Steel Orchestra

6:45 pm                Performance poetry featuring Kendal Hippolyte and Travis Weekes

7:05 pm                TJ Project featuring: featuring  emerging artists and Teddyson John  with a grand finale performance.

The Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association will present a Taste of Saint Lucia Village -a unique and interactive culinary experience showcasing local foods.

Saint Lucia HOT Couture: – May 6th -Venue is the Audi Centre at the Meridian Place 7:00pm

Saint Lucian models from the international runway as well as newbies, will walk the runway at Hot Couture

Saint Lucian models from the international runway as well as newbies, will walk the runway at Hot Couture

Featuring established and emerging Saint Lucia designers:

  • Kumba Designs
  • Jaeylu Designs
  • Perry Bags
  • Meme Bete bags
  • Shazi Designs
  • Lynn Bristol
  • Delia Isaac
  • Tracey Betts
  • Incognito

And top  regional and international designers:

  • Claudia Pegus (Trinidad)
  • Cassandra Mottley (Barbados)
  • Francis Hendy (New York )
  • Heather Jones ( Trinidad)
  • Mickaelle Berlin (Martinique)
  • Sushma Patel (India via Atlanta)

For the first time on a Saint Lucia runway, overseas based Saint Lucian models who are active on the International stage:

Lucian born int'l model Annaliese Dayes, appeared on America's Next Top Model (ANTM) British Invasion

Lucian born int’l model Annaliese Dayes, appeared on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) British Invasion

  • Mala Bryan
  • Portia Chery
  • Denise Lay
  • Annaliese Dayes

Limited tickets are available for this show

Tickets are available online:


Saint Lucia HOT Couture Trunk Show

On Wednesday May 08 (the day after the Fashion show) there will be a Trunk Show at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Rodney Bay where the public can view and purchase designs from Saint Lucia HOT Couture .  The Trunk Show takes place from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. All are welcome.

African Dance workshop – May 9th at 6:30pm at Christylights studio in La Clery

The performers from the Broadway Musical FELA will be dancing on Pigeon Island mainstage with Tony Allen. These professional dancers will host an African dance masterclass for Saint Lucian dancers FREE OF CHARGE at Christylights dance studio in La Clery. Free session – call 452-4094 to register

Piano Masterclass – May 9th at 10:00am at the Saint Lucia School of Music

Roberto Fonseca who will be performing at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay on Wednesday, May 8, will also be hosting a master class for seasoned pianists FREE OF CHARGE at the Saint Lucia School of Music at 10:00am on May 9th.

Any persons interested please call 452-4094


Children’s Music education workshop by Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles will be performing at Gaiety on Rodney Bay on May 8th and will also host a student’s music workshop FREE OF CHARGE at the National Cultural Centre on May 9, 2013 at 10:00am.

Etienne Charles – who received a master’s degree from the famous Juilliard School of Music is a current teacher of Jazz music at the University of Michigan. Etienne hails from Trinidad, is a master trumpeter who fuses his Caribbean music with contemporary jazz music.

For more information please call 452-4094

Visual Arts Exhibitions

May 6 – 10th at Baywalk Mall on the 2nd floor

Art pieces from both experienced and emerging Saint Lucian artists and local crafters. Literary arts exhibition featuring both well-known and rare publications of Saint Lucian authors.

There will also be visual arts exhibitions at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay and at Pigeon Island National Landmark. The best of Saint Lucia’s visual arts will be showcased and available for purchase.


Every evening from Wednesday May 08 to May 12 the Rodney Bay Village will come alive after the Jazz Showcase (Gaiety) and Mainstage concerts with FREE performances at popular restaurants.  Visiting and Saint Lucian musicians are invited to come and jam with popular bands featuring various music genres.  The public is invited to come and experience a musical treat.

Featured bands include Annexus, Emerson Nurse Quintet, Xtent, Pulse, Skip Monday, Alibi, Tropix featuring Shomari Maxwell, Black Antz and more…


St. Lucia Jazz 21 Meets Expectations


As legendary diva Diana Ross brought the curtains down on Saint Lucia Jazz, Tourist Board Director Louis Lewis claimed success for the twenty first staging of the festival, as measured against some pre-set goals.

An unprecedented number of community venues were recorded this year. Among them were Jazz On The Bay at Marigot, Soufriere Jazz, Rudy John beach Park in Laborie,  Canaries Moon River Jazz, and events at Babonneau and Monchy. Added to the now established and well subscribed Jazz in The South and Fond D’or, The Tourism Director said with the reintroduction of the Opening Party of Jazz at Marchand, the rebranding of Point Seraphine into The Waterside Jazz, and the continuous strong showing of Tea Time Jazz at La Place Carenage, the foundation is set to transform communities – urban and rural – into Jazz touch-points, thereby infusing variety and a unique localized flavour to the visitor experience.

The Tourism Director indicated that after twenty-one years the festival is still able to attract a star studded line-up, based on a stellar reputation. He said this reputation is achieved largely by word of mouth endorsements which the international acts themselves make, without any solicitation from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. The Director remarked that in negotiating these contracts, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board remains true to the original intent of pursuing promotional opportunities to market Saint Lucia as a destination for vacationing, world class events and heritage, all of which aid in establishing value partnerships with the film industry. He also cited t

Audience at Saturday’s mainstage event

he retention of enduring sponsor partnerships as contributing to the success of the twenty first staging of Saint Lucia Jazz

Andy Narell hosts Student Workshop


(Friday May 18th, 2012) Main stage performances for the 21st anniversary edition of Saint Lucia Jazz is over, however the spin-off benefits continue. As part of the educational component of the festival, yet another Students’ Workshop will be held.

The Student’s Workshop, is scheduled for today (Friday May 18th, 2012 from 4:00pm at the Vieux Fort Parish Hall) and is opened to primary & secondary students around the island with an organized Steelpan Band. This workshop will be facilitated by renowned Steel Pan performer, Andy Narell.
With his first solo album in 1979, Andy Narell took the steelpan out of the steelband and brought it into the jazz band, and with every album since, he has explored the possibilities and expanded the role of the pan in contemporary music.

Andy has made more than a dozen albums as and has collaborated with an impressive list of regional and internationally acclaimed artistes. He has performed on movie scores and his compositions have been featured in film, on tv shows, as well as commercials.

As a bandleader he has played hundreds of concerts and jazz festivals. In 1999 Andy became the first foreigner to compose for Trinidad’s Panorama steel band competition, guiding the 100 player Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra to the finals of both the 1999 and 2000 Panoramas.

He has been an artist in residence at several reputable universities and has produced many albums. apart from his own.

Andy is the subject of a documentary film – ‘Andy and the Jumbies’, which features his work with Trinidad All Stars and Relator. A second film – ‘Calypso Fever,’ documents his collaboration with the WDR Big Band – a concert of Narell’s music and classic calypsos featuring Relator, the 25 piece Andy Narell Steelband Project(from Paris), and the 14 horns of the WDR Big Band arranged by Michael Abene.