BAYFEST po­si­tions Saint Lu­cian tal­ent and en­trepreneurs promi­nently in en­ter­tain­ment hub of Rod­ney Bay

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lucia’s ris­ing and pop­u­lar tal­ent came out in full force on Satur­day 12th De­cem­ber for the pre­miere of the BAYFEST Street Fes­ti­val se­ries held in the heart of Rod­ney Bay right be­tween Bay­walk Mall and JQ Rod­ney Bay Mall. The highly an­tic­i­pated event pro­duced by me­dia com­pany Nexus Net­works, Bay­walk Mall and JQ Rod­ney Bay Mall show­cased the an­nual Fash­ion Fu­sion ex­trav­a­ganza along­side ex­cit­ing ex­hibits of dance, culi­nary, mixology and en­trepreneur­ship. Thou­sands of Saint Lu­cians showed their sup­port for this new com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive with their pres­ence at the event, and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ex­hil­a­rat­ing dis­play of un­de­ni­able tal­ent that per­formed un­til the grand fi­nale Fash­ion Fu­sion show­case. Ven­dors even trav­elled from Do­minica and Trinidad to take part in this grass­roots so­cial net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote and sell their goods and ser­vices.

The phil­an­thropic mis­sion of BAYFEST was also so­lid­i­fied by the suc­cess­ful Youth Train­ing pro­gramme that was ex­e­cuted dur­ing the weeks of prepa­ra­tions lead­ing up to the first in­stall­ment of this three part event se­ries. With the hard work of Fash­ion Fu­sion’s Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Richard Young and Mo­tion Stu­dios’ chore­og­ra­pher Ten­nail Thomas, the BAYFEST team was able to ex­e­cute an in­ten­sive se­ries of au­di­tions, boot camp style train­ing and re­hearsals for up and com­ing mod­els and dancers who wish to take their skills to the next level of de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gramme came full cir­cle as mod­els, dancers and in­terns had the op­por­tu­nity to be BAYFEST am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sent their work via var­i­ous ra­dio in­ter­views, dig­i­tal me­dia and so­cial me­dia blogs pro­mot­ing the event and shar­ing insight on their prepa­ra­tion process. The me­dia cov­er­age pro­duced at BAYFEST will pre­miere soon in Saint Lucia as well as through­out the Caribbean and will be a tes­ta­ment to the value of sup­port­ing home­grown tal­ent on the front­line of lo­cal cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment.

“We must first rely on our own Caribbean cul­ture, con­tent and hu­man re­sources to teach our youth and pro­mote lo­cal busi­nesses be­fore we look to in­ter­na­tional en­ti­ties for their sup­port; this is crit­i­cal for our own­er­ship and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion’s cre­ative in­dus­tries which is truly the re­gion’s great­est ex­port,” said Jeanille Bon­terre, CEO of Nexus Net­works.

As BAYFEST 1 wraps up its lo­gis­tics and post-pro­duc­tion, plans are al­ready un­der­way for BAYFEST 2 tak­ing place on Satur­day 23rd Jan­uary, 2016. This sec­ond in­stall­ment will show­case Saint Lu­cian culi­nary ex­cel­lence fea­tur­ing lo­cal top chefs such as Or­lando Satchel and a few spe­cial guest chef sur­prises, which will be re­vealed in the weeks ahead. San­dals Re­sorts’ Re­gional Man­ager for Hu­man Re­source and Train­ing in the East­ern Caribbean, Ryan Matthew, has also pledged his sup­port to as­sist in the struc­tur­ing and ex­e­cu­tion of the Culi­nary & Hos­pi­tal­ity BAYFEST Youth Train­ing pro­gramme where trainees will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn core the­ory, best prac­tices and at­tend work­shops hosted by ex­pe­ri­enced chefs and hote­liers. For more in­for­ma­tion and to get in­volved as a part­ner, con­trib­u­tor or vol­un­teer of BAYFEST, per­sons can get in touch with the team via the web­site at bayfest­slu.com.

As al­ways, ven­tures like th­ese would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of val­ued spon­sors and fa­cil­i­ta­tors. The BAYFEST team would like to of­fer deep grat­i­tude to Bay­walk and JQ Malls, Dig­i­cel, The Wave, Lu­cozade-Ribena, Blazin FM, Choice TV, DBS, HTS, STAR Pub­lish­ing, Mer­chan­dis­ing Plus, Mo­tion Stu­dios, Ac­cess Cloth­ing, Hang Ten Cloth­ing, Sea Is­land Cot­ton, Di­a­mond Girl Beauty Sup­ply, Skin Science Bou­tique, Avis St Lucia, Du Boulay’s Bot­tling Co, CPJ, Or­lando’s Restau­rant, Rit­u­als Diner, Pizza Napoli, Caribbean Rumz Lounge, CD’s To­tal Gar­den, Flow, Courts, Land­mark Events, Azuk Events, Caribbean Blue Nat­u­rals by Nat-Med, Na­tional Skills De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre and the Min­istry of Tourism, Her­itage & Cre­ative In­dus­tries.-

Fash­ion in the spot­light at last Satur­day’s Bayfest.

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