The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

As the Saint Lucia Tourist Board gets ready to of­fi­cially open its twen­ty­fifth edi­tion of the sto­ried Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val, the St. Lucia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Limited (LUCELEC) con­grat­u­lates all in­volved for this mile­stone achieve­ment. And, as it has done since in­cep­tion, LUCELEC will con­tinue its sup­port of the Jazz Fes­ti­val, this year as a gold spon­sor con­tribut­ing cash and elec­tri­cal in­fras­truc­ture to a num­ber of events.

Along with main stage events from the Tourist Board, LUCELEC also spon­sored the Jazz Sam­pler held on April 9 and will do the same for Tea Time Jazz, Soufriere Cre­ole Jazz, Marigot Jazz and VieuxFort Mou­ve­ment An­sam Jazz Fi­nale. In ad­di­tion, the com­pany will team up for the first time with the Rain­for­est Hide­away Jazz Week as well as the Jon Od­lum Sec­ondary School in its host­ing of Jazz on the Grass and with The Land­ings St Lucia for “Sax on the Beach”.

The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val com­bines eco­nomic prom­ise with artis­tic ex­pres­sion (par­tic­u­larly that of Saint Lu­cian artistes) and the growth in ca­pac­ity of tech­ni­cal per­son­nel on is­land who work with the var­i­ous shows. LUCELEC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Roger Josephs says th­ese are just some of the rea­sons the com­pany con­tin­ues to sup­port the fes­ti­val.

“The na­ture of LUCELEC’s busi­ness is to make longterm in­vest­ments, and we’ve al­ways seen the Jazz fes­ti­val in that light. We be­lieve that in­vest­ment has paid off for Saint Lucia in terms of meet­ing the tourism and des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing ob­jec­tives and, crit­i­cally, our ca­pac­ity to put on world class events,” he adds.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween LUCELEC and the Jazz Fes­ti­val be­gan in 1992 when the very first event was held at the Pi­geon Is­land Na­tional Land­mark. Back then LUCELEC pro­vided tem­po­rary light­ing to Pi­geon Is­land - then not on the LUCELEC grid - to fa­cil­i­tate the host­ing of the event.

The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val will be held from April 29-May 8, 2016.

LUCELEC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tant Bernar­dia Regis pre­sent­ing Tourist Board Di­rec­tor Louis Lewis with the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the 2016 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Fes­ti­val.

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