PHILIPSBURG, St. Maaten - The SXM Festival opened their week long activities on Wednesday with the opening of their main event at Happy Bay and their first night event at Refuge. On Thursday, their extended line up was able to cater to the over two thousand travelers that have already arrived at our destination with many more expected to arrive on Friday and Saturday.
Happy Bay Beach is one of Saint Martin’s best kept secrets – a stunning, secluded stretch of azure water, golden sands and lush jungle that can normally only be accessed by foot or boat.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – Show promoters are bringing back some of the more popular performers of the annual TelCell Night of the Hit Makers, mega dance event for the past four years, so that they can make the 5th year of the event the most unforgettable yet.
Promoter, Berteaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming of Xtratight Entertainment, says bringing in this year’s line-up of musical talent is the least he can do to thank the thousands of music and dance fans who have supported him and made the event so special – even to a regional audience.
Included in that line up are: Impact Band, Kai formerly known as Carimi, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Claudius Philips, Farmer Nappy and the queen of bacchanal Destra
“I have gone into the archives and I have picked out the best of the best who are guaranteed to set the dance floor in the Festival Village on fire with a big party atmosphere,” stated “Mr. Rude” during a press conference at the Festival Village as he starts to build up the hype for the April 28th Carnival event.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – St. Maarten Carnival Main Sponsor, TelCell, has once again put to poster the faces of persons who play a big part in the island’s premier cultural event.
These faces will be gracing TelCell’s colourful “I Am Carnival” posters throughout the Carnival season, appearing on lampposts, vehicles, in the festival village and throughout the Philipsburg area.
The “I Am Carnival” posters first made their appearance during carnival and proved to be very successful as a way of spotlighting individuals in the community who make special contributions to the annual carnival event.
“In January this year we set out to get some new faces by launching a “Who is Carnival” Facebook campaign giving everyone a chance to nominate their own important persons who they would like to see on our posters,” said TelEm Group Manager, Marketing & Sales Grisha Marten.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Airport saw an unprecedented number of visitors arriving today specifically for the SXM Festival event, a lifestyle and house music event being held on the island that has sold just over 3000 tickets internationally. In collaboration with SXM Airport, the organizers of the event were able to set up an on-site box office where the hundreds of festival goers are able to check-in for the event and pick up their passes. Due to the large number of attendees that were at the airport box office, some chose to carry on to the hotel and grab their passes later at Happy Bay or other venues, though the gesture of being able to get your passes as soon you come off the plane was very appreciated.
"This is the first festival I've ever been to where I was able to get my pass right off the plane, that's pretty cool!" said Ivan, a festival goer from San Francisco who arrived on Wednesday. "Many more are expected to arrive between today and Saturday, but we think by today the first thousand people should have arrived," commented Julian Prince, director of the festival and president of two bunch palms foundation that organizes the event, "We are very thankful to SXM Airport for giving the guests a unique way to be welcomed to the island, and we already see everyone is so happy to arrive at this beautiful island."
Set on the paradise island of Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten, featuring the crème of intertional DJs and electronic music talent, SXM Festival prides itself upon drawing the most discerning crowd of music lovers.
COLOMBIER, Saint Martin – On Saturday March 4th, Minister Jacobs attended the Arrowroot Jollification in Colombier, French Saint Martin. The Association de Nature Valley Colombier organized the event, whereby the plucking, washing and pounding of arrowroot was on display.
Mr. Gilbert Gibs has been a part of the Colombier community for most of his life, and has been invested in keeping the arrowroot tradition alive. Mr. Gibs, has been very active in the renewed interest in the growing and cultivating of arrowroot together with other male family members and friends. He explained to Minister Jacobs the process by which arrowroot grows, once the smaller pieces picked are planted back in the ground. Mr. Gibs also explained that the younger generation needs to get involved and learn the process, as Mr. Gibs and his fellow farmers are aging and can no longer dig and pound the arrowroot as before.
The younger generation needs to be motivated to be more involved when it comes to maintaining our heritage. “While arrowroot is a product we can always purchase in the store, the mere fact that we can produce it right here on St. Martin is a cultural tradition of our heritage we must keep alive,” Minister Jacobs said.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The 2017 NAGICO Calypso eliminations are slated for Friday, March 31st under the tent at Port de Plaisance, starting at 8.00 pm sharp.
Some 20 calypsonians will be participating in this year's elimination, of which ten will "graduate" to the calypso finals on April 20th in the carnival village.
Along with some new faces to the calypso arena, such as Lady Righteous and Doctor Ray, some veterans calypsonians will grace the stage in an attempt
to dethrone the reigning Monarch, Shakiya, St. Maarten's first female calypso monarch.
There is also a chance to see father and son competing, as the Mighty Calix (Carlyle Rogers) takes to the stage while his son Young Calix The Protégé, (Rummini Rogers) competes in the same contest on the same stage.
CURAÇAO - For the 5th consecutive year, CIFFR presents the Yellow Robin Award competition for feature films by talented, emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean basin and Latin America. Four of the nominated films for the 2017 edition are feature film debuts.
An international jury determines the winner of the Yellow Robin Award 2017. Already confirmed jury members are: Bero Beyer, Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Curaçao filmmaker Felix de Rooy (a.o. Desiree, Ava and Gabriel).
The award consists of guaranteed screening of the film in the Bright Future program of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and at the next edition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. In addition, there is a prize for the filmmaker of USD 10.000 composed of USD 2.500 in cash and USD 7.500 worth of talent development training programs.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - There will be three bands and one DJ on the road for the annual Causeway Jump-Up this Saturday, the first official event of the 2017 Carnival season. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) said it is “excited to finally put months of preparation into action and host St. Maarten’s 48th annual Carnival festivities.”
The Traffic Department of the Police Force of St. Maarten conducted inspection of the four trucks and trailers this past Saturday, with all passing the inspections. Truck operators now have until Wednesday, March 15 to present all relevant vehicle documents and drivers licenses to the Traffic Department. Each truck is required to have two licensed drivers.
The Traffic Department has already issued a full inspection schedule for all road events for the carnival season. The SCDF in turn has distributed this schedule to all sponsors, troupe leaders ect. Who tend to have a presence on the road annually.
The three bands and one DJ expected on the road on Saturday, March 18 are DJ Mixmaster Pauly, TG Band, Xplosio Band and the reigning Band of the Year No Limit Band. The route of the Causeway Jump-Up is slightly different this year.
ANTIGUA - JIFE Music artists Di Anointed Vale and Nyquan have been nominated in several categories for the 2017 Antigua and Barbuda Gospel Music Awards (ABGMA), slated for March 25 in Antigua. Vale, whose debut album Blood A Jesus was released last December in St. Kitts, has been nominated for Album of the Year.
The other categories he has been nominated in are International Psalmist of the Year (Male), Songwriter of the Year (Male), two nominations in Collaboration of the Year and Song of the Year. The two songs nominated for Collaboration of the Year are “I’m Available” featuring Eddie Neblett and “Worship” featuring Princess Vanessa, both artists from Guyana. The songs are on Vale’s album.
“I’m Available” has been nominated for Song of the Year. “It’s a real great feeling to know that all the hard work and the sleepless nights in the studio, mixing the songs, building the rhythms and all of those stuff, to see someone recognizes your work,” said Vale on being a nominee in this year’s awards.
“It feels real good to know that there are people who would recognize what you have contributed,” he said. “I’m Available” has been getting a lot of airplay around the world including St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda. So far, it has proven to be his most popular song on the album.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The National Institute of the Arts (NIA) is bringing down the curtain this weekend on its hit production Behind the Beyond directed by Albina Matuzko.
The “fake” comedy is a stage version of a short story by Canadian Humorist, Stephen Leacock, indulging in a nostalgic 1910 period in Edwardian England.
Four different audiences have so far seen the show and all have given high praise to the skill of the Director and her players and also to the fun interaction they are forced to have with the actors with encouragements, banter and with well-timed gestures.
The production has been a runaway success, playing to sellout shows, with a waiting list for tickets that may well prompt a repeat performance, much to the delight of those involved with NIA’s Theatre Lab in their mission to quench a new-found thirst of theatre-lovers on the island with continuous theatrical productions and also with behind-the-scenes routines and support workshops.
The Theatre Lab’s contact with its audiences continues immediately after Behind the Beyond with a second production “ The Dude with the Golden Tune” – by drama teacher and Director, Loes Nauta.
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