The 7th Annual Jazz ‘n Creole Festival is scheduled to open on May 15, 2016, at the Cabrits National Park in Portsmouth, Dominica. Among the artists slated for the festival are: guitarist Cameron Pierre; Soft, from Guadeloupe; and Élan Parlé, from Trinidad.
The announcement was made at the Official Launch of Jazz n Creole 2016 on Thursday March 16th 2016 [. . .]. Speaking at the ceremony, Director of Tourism and Discover Dominica Authority Collin Piper stated that thought the festival is in its growth stage it have generated much interest, and its attendance has double from inception in 2010. “Dominica Jazz n Creole is a fusion of Jazz Music with Creole Music, food and culture all in the family atmosphere of Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park. The event serves as an avenue for showcasing local Jazz artistes next to regional and international performers.”
Mr Piper added that the event is positioned to attract visitors from the French West Indies and the Wider Caribbean region to Dominica. He further noted the growth which the festival has experienced. [. . .] Mr Piper went on to highlight the objectives of the Jazz n Creole Festival which includes; “To develop and stage a marque Festival and Tourism product which receives local and regional media coverage. [. . .] .”
Meanwhile Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Gerrard Jean-Jacques stated that the Festival has gained a regional and international appeal among Patrons and artiste.
“In its short existence the festival has already featured two Grammy award winning artiste on its lineup. Angélique Kidjo and Marlo Rosado. This realities testimony to the immense potential of the Jazz n Creole Festival as a key component of product Dominica.”
Mr Jean Jacques called on Dominicans to take ownership of the Festival. [. . .]
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