The Youth Fest features singing performances in various genres. This year Caribbean Youth Fest will include Vincentians for the first time as there will be two contestants each in the teens and 20s categories and one dance group for the dance competition.
Two fashion houses will also be showcasing their models.
Youth Fest bases this event on the Rotary tenets of service above self and charity. In service above self, the organisation commits to using some of its time and resources to assist in the development of the community and in helping the less fortunate, especially the youth. In charity, it is committed to making charitable contributions to the communities and institutions that require special assistance.
In 2013, in collaboration with The Rotary Club of St. Lucia South, the contribution from this year’s event will focus on various projects benefitting senior citizens.
On December 15, the organizers of Youth Fest and the members of The Rotary Club of St. Lucia South will sponsor a luncheon for some 56 elderly individuals residing at the Comfort Bay (senior citizens home in Vieux-Fort).
Caribbean Youth Fest attracts a great number of youth seeking opportunities to showcase their talent. At the auditions that took place in the North and the South of the island over 240 persons registered and competed to qualify for the semi-finals that took place on November in Castries.
The finalists for December 22 are as follows:
Age group13 – 19
Age group 20 – 29
Karrel Koko Greaves
Age group 13 – 19
Alex “Sawlty” Klien
Brendon “Umpa” Charlery
Kaitylyn “Rae Stay Dope &Mainiac” Charlery
Levonn “Rae Stay Dope &Mainiac” Seally
Age group 20 – 29
Arnold “AJ” Jules
Jane “Grapes” Johnson
Pearletta “Harmony” Avril
Adrian “Drii Notes” Klien
Tessa “Phyness” George
Laura “Double Blessing” Placide
Lauralee “Double Blessing” Placide
Tisha “Silent Melody” Peter
Asa “ACE” Joseph
The winners and 1st runner-ups in each category will win cash prizes as follows:
Juniors $500 & $200; Teens $1,000 & $500; 20s $2,000 & $1,000. The prizes are in addition to appearance fees.
The finals take place at Caribbean Youth Fest 2013 on Sunday December 22 at OMS Tennis Courts in Vieux Fort at 3:00 pm.
An excursion on board the ferry MV GEM STAR will transport Vincentian competitors and their supporters to be part of the event.