Bel­rose Pleased with Roots & Soul

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

Se­na­tor For­tuna Bel­rose, the Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, was pleased to meet with the me­dia to of­fer some feed­back the day af­ter the fi­nal event of the Roots & Soul Fes­ti­val which ran from Fri­day 16 to Sun­day 18 June, 2017. She ex­pressed her over­all sat­is­fac­tion: “I think we had a very suc­cess­ful weekend in terms of the Roots & Soul event. We had great per­for­mances and, from all in­di­ca­tions, the show was very good on the Satur­day. On Sun­day we had a larger crowd de­spite the weather. Saint Lu­cians turned out and we re­ally want to thank them for that.“

Presently, the in­au­gu­ral Soleil ac­tiv­i­ties are still av­enues for learn­ing and im­prove­ment. How­ever, Min­is­ter Bel­rose noted that this coura­geous ven­ture of the Events Com­pany and the Saint Lu­cian Gov­ern­ment will have many ad­van­tages and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the near fu­ture, not only for our artists and cul­ture but also for gen­eral rev­enue and em­ploy­ment.

“We’re pi­lot­ing; it’s about test­ing the sys­tems be­cause what we want by year two of this event is for us to be ex­plod­ing,” she en­thused. In the mean­time she can at­test that the re­fined Saint Lu­cian prod­uct will en­cour­age im­prove­ment to plan­ning and lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“The acts that we had, they all per­formed very well,” she said. “That’s what we want. You want to put your lo­cal artists on a stage with in­ter­na­tional artists and when you do that, they de­velop the con­fi­dence, our cit­i­zenry develops the con­fi­dence, so that when th­ese artists de­cide to put on a show out­side of th­ese events it will be pa­tron­ized be­cause peo­ple can tell and know the qual­ity that they de­liver.”

Bel­rose an­tic­i­pates the pub­lic’s opin­ions, feed­back and input as statis­tics to re­late to for fu­ture ad­vance­ment as well. Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the changes in con­cept are meant to ben­e­fit Saint Lu­cians. “We want the pub­lic to crit­i­cize, giv­ing us the neg­a­tive and the pos­i­tive, so we can help shape this. At the end of the day it’s for our coun­try,”

Bel­rose also be­lieves that cul­ti­vat­ing the arts is a gen­uine key to that kind of suc­cess. Next on the agenda for Soleil Saint Lu­cia Sum­mer Fes­ti­val is Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val, which of­fi­cially opened last week Wed­nes­day. All events and up­dates are avail­able on the Soleil web­site.

The in­au­gu­ral Roots & Soul Fes­ti­val fea­tured a spo­ken word com­po­nent that set the tone for the weekend.

Saint Lu­cian per­form­ers like Rashad were well re­ceived dur­ing last weekend’s Roots & Soul event.

Se­na­tor Bel­rose giv­ing a brief over­view of the Roots & Soul Fes­ti­val held over the weekend.

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