Saint Lucia’s Jazz Festival named among Top 10 in world, Ernest Hilaire expresses joy

Ernest Hilaire expressed his delight as Saint Lucia's Jazz and Arts Festival was recognised as one of the 10 best jazz festivals in the world. This year the festival is being held from April 30 to May 12, 2024.

Castries: The Deputy Prime Minister Ernest Hilaire expressed his delight as Saint Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival was recognised as one of the 10 best jazz festivals in the world. This year the festival is being held from April 30 to May 12, 2024.

He greeted the citizens on the occasion of the opening day of the International Jazz and Arts Festival and unveiled the list of upcoming events. The night started with bang and the artists graced the occasion with their electrifying performances.

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It is one of the most celebrated festivals in Saint Lucia, where people enjoy soulful and swinging music. It is celebrated annually on April 30.

Minister Hilaire took to his official social media handle (Facebook) to share “Happy International Jazz Day, April 30th 2024 from one of the top 10 Jazz Festivals in the World”, he said.

A star-stubbed opening night of Saint Lucia's Jazz and Arts Festival 2024. (Credits: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Facebook)
A star-stubbed opening night of Saint Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival 2024. (Credits: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Facebook)

The celebrations for Saint Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival began with the opening ceremony on April 30 and will conclude on May 12. Here is the schedule of events taking place across the island in celebration of the most anticipated festival of the year:

April 30, OPENING NIGHT

VOICE

Teejay
Romain Virgo
Saint Lucian
All- Stars

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May 7, PURE JAZZ & ARTS

JOHN PATITUCCI

Allison Marquis
Elements of the Arts

May 8, KINGDOM NIGHT

DONNIE MCCLURKIN

Carlene Davis
Marvia Providence
Nigela St. Clair- Daniel
Tabitha C. Prospere
Urban Praise
Adoration & Praise

May 9, PURE JAZZ

SAMARA JOY

Vaughnette Bigford
Christa Bailey
Shannon Pinel

May 10, CARIBBEAN FUSION

MACHEL MONTANO

Beres Hammond
Ezra D’Fun Machine
Meshach
Invasion Band

May 11, WORLD BEATS

DAVIDO

Joeyboy
Vayb Band
Chloe Bailey
DYP
Jon Secade
Arthur Allain

May 12, THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION

AIR SUPPLY

Babyface
Michele Henderson
Augustin “JAB” Duplessis
Carl Gustave

It is noteworthy that tourism minister had predicted that this year the event would be the biggest and the best, which proved to be true. The massive gathering at the venue is a true symbol of the words spoken by the minister.

Massive crowd at Saint Lucia's Jazz and Arts Festival 2024. (Credits: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Facebook)
Massive crowd at Saint Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival 2024. (Credits: Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Facebook)

The energy was unparalleled as the opening ceremony night was electrifying. The event was a remarkable success and exemplified by moments of joy. Moreover, Jamaican singer Romain Virgo performed public dances to his songs.

Minister Hilaire invited all the Saint Lucians and people across the globe to experience the vibrant culture, rich heritage and musical vibes of the island nation. Such events enhance the tourism sector, which will directly boost the economy of the country.

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