Apr 24 St. Kitts Music Fest: First set of performers have been announced! St. Kitts, tourism, music festival, Lindsay Grant, Kerwin Du Bois, Benjai, Ricardo Drue, Patrice Roberts, Jump up night, Christopher Martin, Bounty Killer, Adrian Lam, longest running festivals in Eastern Caribbean



St. Kitts announces first wave of participants at this year's St. Kitts Music Festival

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - ORGANISERS of the annual St. Kitts Music Festival have announced some of the artistes who will grace the stage for the 19th staging of the event from June 25-27.

Artistes such as Kerwin Du Bois, Benjai, Ricardo Drue and Patrice Roberts will perform on the opening night of the festival, which is dubbed 'the Jump Up Night', while the following night will see Reggae stars Christopher Martin and Bounty Killer.

Speaking at a press conference today (Apr.23), Music Festival Production Manager Adrian Lam, while announcing some of the artistes, indicated that the Music Festival has become a leading event in the Caribbean.

"The St. Kitts Music Festival has become one of the signature events not only in St. Kitts but the Caribbean in general. It is one of the longest running festivals in the Eastern Caribbean and of the top five in the Caribbean. It also remains one of the most affordable festivals in the region."

He stated that despite financial constraint the festival continues to put together a very good list of fine artistes.

"We still have some important contractual work with a few artistes although they have committed, so we will be announcing those who we have contracted as of today."

Lam disclosed that a social media campaign was embarked upon to ascertain which artiste the public would like to see perform at the festival.

Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant stated that despite external challenges the festival continues to attract large followings.

"The Music Festival comes amidst the challenges of external forces such as increase in travel fares and high production and performance fees. Fortunately, the results and economic impact over the past two years have shown that the festival continues to attract followings from within the region and also from the continents."

He gave the Government's commitment to further improve the festival.

"We take immense pride in being the organisers of a world-class musical product that satisfies the musical tastes of all patrons. Our goal going forward is to continue to set higher standards of excellence and attract even larger followings celebrating an exuberant festival."

Grant also highlighted the significance of the Music Festival.

"True to its vision, the St. Kitts Music Festival has become a magnet in our tourism industry. It attracts visitors and returning nationals in the slow period. And now in its 19th year has become an integral component of our tourism product impacting positively on commercial activity and generating income which serves to stimulate the economy."

Music Festival Chairman Faron Lawrence promised that improvements would be made to this year's event.

"We will continue in the trend by making this year an improvement from last year. I am quite confident that, based on what we have in store, Music Festival will go to a next level.

"I must admit we have had some challenges this year; but I must hasten to say those are challenges we've had in the past... we have been just as late."

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/91677


May 06 Aviation ministers meet to discuss single Caribbean airline St. Kitts, Barbados, LIAT, BWIA, Eastern Caribbean, one airline, CARICOM



St. Kitts and Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt was among Caribbean aviation and transport ministers who met in St. Vincent on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline.

Host Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonslaves speaking at a news conference, said that while his administration has no objection to the formation of a single airline to serve the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, such initiatives in the past have not borne fruit.

"At the end of this month, we are hosting here a meeting on air transportation in CARICOM... as you know there are many issues outstanding and as you know I am always amused that the people who are supposed to be thinking about public policy don't look beyond the headlines."

He said five or six years ago, then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, dissolved BWIA, formed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and paid off all their debts.

But he said that in 2011, CAL made a loss of US$44 million "and last year they made a loss in the sum of close to US$84 million.

"That is plenty money in any language whatsoever and there is re-thinking of certain things and the call has been made by many persons for one Caribbean airline.

"We have no problem with that," he said, noting that the fine print would need to be examined.

"I am very mindful before BWIA was dissolved, BWIA took decisions where they simply cut off a lot of flights without notice to Barbados, which affected us here in the Eastern Caribbean and I see on more than one occasion where they have acted not consistent with our own transportation needs.

"I am not going to leave the bone of LIAT for the shadow of something else. So I would like to see a complete revamping of air transportation in the region so that we can get all the relevant synergies," CMC quotes the Prime Minister as saying.

Gonsalves has been critical of Port-of-Spain for providing a subsidy to CAL which he said goes against the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/73117