STAR Power in Saint Lucia in 2014
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
Road March King J
Hurting it in a spider web
for carnival carnival.
Chef Nina Compton at the Derek Walcott Square during Jazz.