The St. Lucia Jazz Festival opens tonight as the re-branded St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival at the Mindoo Phillip Park, starting at 7:30 p.m, as organisers dismiss fears that the recent inclement weather will affect the turnout.
The island has been affected by rain and overcast skies almost on a daily basis for the past two weeks.
Public Relations Manager of the St. Lucia Tourist Board, John Emmanuel, shrugged off concerns that the state of the weather may put a damper on plans for the opening of the festival.
He said the Board has tied up loose ends for the grand opening of the world-class event and is expected to attract a large turnout, rain or no rain.
Meanwhile, Haitian band T-Vice and Jamaican dancehall star Konshens headlines tonight’s activities.
Other performers include the Ultimate Party Machine featuring Stacey charles, Mongstar, Superman HD and Ricky T; Kerwin DuBois; Benjai; and Diamond Steel Orchestra and Harmonites Steel.
There will be no parking near the Mindoo Philip Park, according to organizers, who have also advised that patrons use the Castries Car Park, which will be open specifically for the event, and the William Peter Boulevard.
There will be a shuttle service, starting at 7 p.m., from the Castries Boulevard to the Mindoo Phillip Park at a cost of $1.50 one way and $2.50 to return.
Officials say security will be provided throughout the event, stretching from the boulevard to the event venue.
International Jazz Day
The opening night comes as the world celebrates International Jazz Day.
April 30 has been designated by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as International Jazz Day to raise awareness worldwide about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.