The 2017 festival will be the staging of the biggest cultural display in the region. Performers will gather from far and wide to showcase their amazing talents. Expect to see a range of artistic expressions, from Jamaica, Venezuela, Guyana, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Guadeloupe, Anguilla, Dominica and much more.
Visitors will be treated to a diverse range of performances including Visage, undoubtedly the foremost party band in the Bahamas, this multi-talented soca band have even created a new sound for their region, “SOCANOO” a mixture of Junkanoo ridim of the Bahamas fused with soca. Barbadian singer Lowrey Leon will take to the stage to perform hits from his album ‘I am Barbados’ playing keyboard, drums and bass, this multi talented musician will keep you entertained. Dedicated to preserving traditional Cayman Islands kitchen dance music, The Swanky Kitchen’s sound is refreshingly sweet blending African and European Heritage, taking fans on a musical journey from the past to the future. Gun Boys Rhapsody, a work of theatre that centres around the roots of delinquency, gang culture and violent crime in Bahamian society. Directed by writer Ian Strachan and with a talented cast, it’s a show not to be missed. L’Acadco, an explosive contemporary dance force from Jamaica will treat spectators to mesmerising performances presenting the rhythms of the Caribbean people on the world stage.
“CARIFESTA is a magnificent event, which brings together a superb mix of talent from across the Caribbean and Latin America. We are privileged to host the event on our island, which gives our own local artists as well as performers from the two respective nations a platform to showcase their creativity through a wide array of disciplines. The festival is a great opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to engage in music, art, food and theatre form various cultures and countries.” said Cheryl Carter, UK Director of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
This eclectic event will feature two super concerts featuring regional and International star studded performances, Signal Events for the High Arts; and the traditions of many Country Nights showcases. This diverse festival attracts people of all ages, bridging traditional and modern genres, and bringing locals and visitors together. The audience has the opportunity to engage in workshops and master classes, or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful performances across the island.