STAR Power in Saint Lu­cia in 2014

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Even though “self­ies” gave per­sons that in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion of star power - al­beit for maybe thirty seconds of fleet­ing fame, in 2014 there were some real stars that shone brightly here. There were those, how­ever, whose light may not have been as bright. Still, 2014 brought us some mem­o­rable mo­ments in en­ter­tain­ment and star power.

Among the high­lights of 2014 was, of course, Chef Nina Comp­ton whose ap­pear­ance on Top Chef in 2014 cre­ated much ex­cite­ment among Saint Lu­cians. The fi­nal of the re­al­ity TV show in Fe­bru­ary was viewed by thou­sands at home and at a ma­jor view­ing party at the Derek Wal­cott Square.

The Caribbean Metal Pan­time Steel Orches­tra savoured sweet vic­tory at the Ju­nior Panorama Com­pe­ti­tion in March. That same month ‘21 Days’, a lo­cal film by pro­ducer Dale El­liot, opened to a record-break­ing crowd at Caribbean Cin­e­mas while the fol­low­ing month the first prize and over­all win­ner in the 2nd an­nual Rise Film Fes­ti­val was Ted San­di­ford. His short film was en­ti­tled ‘The Mango Tree’.

MBC/Real FM scored a suc­cess­ful of­fi­cial launch with a con­cert head­lined by Jamaican Ai­do­nia at Sa­maans Park in April while the star power of mo­ti­va­tional speaker Les Brown was felt by those in attendance at The Gai­ety on Rod­ney Bay.

As May came around it was time for the Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val with the likes of Pop­caan, Kas­sav, Dee Dee Bridge­wa­ter, P-Square, Kem, Tes­sane Chin, The Com­modores and Maxwell among oth­ers de­scend­ing on Saint Lu­cia. Hot Cou­ture also rocked, again! Within that pe­riod, the var­i­ous car­ni­val bands had their launches as many in­tro­duced fe­male rev­ellers to the skimpy “spi­der panties”. Come car­ni­val Mon­day and Tues­day “less-was-bes” for many as they cham­pi­oned the song ‘Hurt It’ by J. Mouse as their road March. Other car­ni­val win­ners were Ezra - Power Soca Monarch, Arthur - Groovy Monarch, Walleigh - Ca­lypso Mon­rach, Licia Jn Paul - Car­ni­val Queen. Sur­bance won the Pi­ton Soca Starz ti­tle.

With car­ni­val over, there was no cool­ing down of the en­ter­tain­ment heat in Saint Lu­cia with the start of the Caribbean Premier League. Then there was Heineken Green Syn­ergy which was even­tu­ally won by DJ Mad X and Red at Dawn - a day­break event on Au­gust 1. But the sur­prise event of the sum­mer was Mer­cury Beach. The bash, which was im­ported from Mar­tinique, was held on Pi­geon Is­land on Au­gust 16. It saw thou­sands from the French is­land de­scend­ing on Saint Lu­cia for a week­end of fun cul­mi­nat­ing with a mas­sive all-day beach party with mu­sic, food and drinks in the park.

With the suc­cess­ful 2013 show­ings of “King Lear” the Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre of London along with the CDF and the SLTB in­tro­duced Saint Lu­cians to more “live” the­atre with the stag­ing of Ham­let on Septem­ber 9.

In Oc­to­ber it was all about Ok­to­ber­fest En Kweyol with a record-break­ing crowd show­ing up at Sa­maans Park for the event. And Fran­cil­lia Austin earned the right to rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia at the Miss Earth pageant in the Philip­pines after win­ning the lo­cal leg of the pageant.

The month of De­cem­ber saw artistes like Skinny Fab­u­lous of St. Vincent, come­di­enne Rachel Price and Tanya Stephens of Ja­maica per­form­ing here, while de­signer and model Kimora Lee chose to va­ca­tion here aboard her lux­ury yacht. And the 2Nite Mag­a­zine scored another suc­cess­ful Bikini Bomb­shell event as part of ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing the an­nual At­lantic Rally for Cruis­ers at the Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina.

Ju­nior Panorama Win­ners Pan­time.

Arthur: The 2014 Groovy

Monarch.

Road March King J

Mouse.

Hurt­ing it in a spi­der web

for car­ni­val car­ni­val.

Chef Nina Comp­ton at the Derek Wal­cott Square dur­ing Jazz.

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