DOMINICA’S JAZZ ’N CREOLE 2016 LAUNCHED
Discover Dominica Authority officially launched the 7th edition of Dominica’s Jazz ’n Creole Festival on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel.
Mr. Colin Piper, Director of Tourism and CEO of DDA, announced the official dates of the 2016 festival, kicking off with a week of fringe activities starting May 8th leading up to the anticipated main stage event Sunday May 15th at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park.
Dominica’s Jazz ’n Creole, forst presented in 2010, is a fusion of jazz music with creole music, food and culture. The festival has grown steadily over its first six years and DDA, alongside its partners, will continue a promotional drive to further grow the festival in 2016.
It is the vision of DDA to grow Jazz ’n Creole and the supporting events to the name recognition of Dominica’s other festival tourism products – Carnival & the World Creole Music Festival. Promotion of Dominica’s Jazz ’n Creole will be predominantly regional, targeting markets with sameday access such as Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Telecommunications giant, Digicel, also officially announced its partnership with Discover Dominica Authority for the sixth consecutive year as the Gold Partner for Dominica’s Jazz ’n Creole Festival. Digicel’s Marketing Manager, Mrs. Nathalie Walsh, announced a series of marketing and promotional support initiatives the company would undertake over the next few months as part of their partnership to include in-store, radio and digital promotions in Dominica and the French West Indies.
During the launch, three of the artists carded to grace the main stage were announced. They are guitarist Cameron Pierre, the band Soft and élan parlé a Trinidadian-based music ensemble.
In its short existence the Jazz ’n Creole festival has already featured two Grammy award-winning artists on its line-up: Angelique Kidjo and Marlow Rosado, and there have been many more of local, regional, and international acclaim. Over the next few weeks, DDA will reveal the rest of the line-up and fringe partner locations across the island. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Urban Renewal, Mr. Gerard Jean-Jacques, encouraged patronage of the festival either through attendance or business partnership.