Jazz n Creole is on again.
In just about eight weeks, the seven year old event will again colour and serenade the Cabrits Fort Shirley in the north.
The Dominica Festivals Committee launched the growing affair on Thursday, March 17th.
Tourism Permanent Secretary, Gerard Jean Jacques stated at the event, “The Jazz n Creole Festival emerged out of the Ministry of Tourism’s recognition that we had to expand Dominica’s festival tourism product as a key strategy in our efforts to increase awareness about the destination and to host and retain visitors.
“Indeed, not only has the festival gained patrons but its regional and international appeal to regional and international artistes has broadened over the years. In its short existence, the festival has already featured two Grammy Award winning artistes on its lineup: Angelique Kidjo and Marlow Rosado. There have been many more of local, regional and international acclaim.”
According to Colin Piper, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Festivals Committee, the Jazz n Creole show has grown.
This is evidenced by a more than 50% increase in attendance from just about 600 in 2010 to 1500 in 2015 as well as a 17% increase in ticket sales.
He says the DFC is even considering installing LED screens for the viewing convenience of the mass crowds.
As usual, the main stage event on May 15th is preceded by a week of fringe events at establishments around the island.
This year, the fringe events begin on May 8th with usual partners the Evergreen Hotel, Anchorage, The Fort Young Hotel and River Stone Bar and Grill.
The DFC invites more corporate citizens to come onboard to host other fringe events.
This year, headliners are Cameron Pierre, Soft and Élan Parlé.
www.dominicafestivals.com is the portal to Dominica’s acclaimed events.