Hon. Minister for Tourism, Senator Robert Tonge, and Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency, Ian Douglas, have hinted at a new venue for the next Jazz n Creole Festival.
The 7th Jazz n Creole Festival was staged at the Cabrits National Park in Portsmouth on Sunday, 15th May.
Senator Robert Tonge expressed excitement at the number of patrons who attended.
He says organizers have already begun looking into rearranging the venue or exploring a new area to accommodate growing patrons.
“The intention is to use a different area. Two years ago, I spoke with Lennox Honychurch and he had shown me an area that we could develop to make the event bigger and better. In the next 364 days, we will explore those options to make it better.”
Hon. Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency and former Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas also expressed his satisfaction at the number of jazz lovers who keep attending each year.
He is pleased that although the show in its early days was not as well-received as expected, now more people including residents of Portsmouth look forward to the event.
He acknowledged that the event may have outgrown its venue.
“I think the people of Portsmouth would not like the Jazz n Creole Festival go. In fact more of them have started coming. Perhaps the debate is to look for other larger spots in the Cabrits...to allow the festival to grow.
“I was thinking that maybe we need to think about doing the festival over two days because the next day is a holiday. Although we have fringe events taking place all over Dominica, maybe we need to think about an activity in Portsmouth on the Monday so that persons can come and overnight because we have rooms. We need to keep being creative and innovative and help the festival grow and probably even add another genre.”
Meanwhile Hon. Minister for Culture, Justina Charles, stated her satisfaction with the crowd and the growth of Jazz n Creole Festival over the years.
“The mere fact that it is held on a Sunday afternoon like a family fun day...is a good form of socialisation for families and friends after having worked long and hard all week. Jazz used to be something more available outside of Dominica but now we do not have to go to St. Lucia for Jazz. We can sit here and enjoy our jazz.
“It has been growing and I really want to encourage Dominicans to patronize.”
Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, revealed that organizers have also been working on behind-the-scenes improvements that will result in a safer and enhanced environment.
A former park superintendent of the Cabrits National Park who attended the event for the first time commended the organizers for putting together a show that showcases the talents as well as one of the more scenic areas of the island.
Ashton Lugar shared, “Nice setting, good food, good people and good jazz music. I really appreciate it. It’s a real good asset for Dominica. It’s a good move.”