Soleil Sum­mer Fes­ti­val

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - --- Clau­dia Elei­box

The newly es­tab­lished Events Com­pany of Saint Lucia has an­nounced de­tails of the Soleil Sum­mer Fes­ti­val. Soleil - which means sun in cre­ole - is a dif­fer­ent con­cept to what the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val had be­come. Six fes­ti­vals will be held across May to Oc­to­ber in­clud­ing St. Lucia Jazz, Roots & Soul, St. Lucia Car­ni­val, Food & Rum, Coun­try & Blues, and Arts & Her­itage.

Ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, the aim is to return to the idea of the orig­i­nal St. Lucia Jazz: en­joy­ing mu­sic from lo­cal, regional and in­ter­na­tional jazz artists for just two days. The wider dis­tri­bu­tion of the other events is meant to sta­bi­lize the in­come of peo­ple in the coun­try rather than com­pact­ing it to two week­ends a year (Jazz & Arts plus Car­ni­val). Dono­van Wil­liams, Chair­man of Events Com­pany of Saint Lucia said, “When we think of change the word risk al­ways seems to be at the fore­front” but it was em­pha­sized that the suc­cess of Soleil can only be pos­si­ble if Saint Lu­cians con­tinue to be sup­port­ive.

The Soleil Sum­mer Fes­ti­val will con­sist of six events run­ning from May to Oc­to­ber.

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