PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On March 9th 2016 the organizing committee of Rio Productions Lighted Parade conducted a meeting at the Head Quarters of Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco (CLT) to complete the final details for the upcoming 5th annual Lighted Parade that will take place on April 9th 2016.
It is Rio Productions’ mission to provide a safe environment where revelers can enjoy carnival music as they parade in lighted t-shirts and costumes through the streets of the Philipsburg showcasing St. Maarten’s culture. In order to achieve that, the organization of the event needs to be on point with all safety measures taken into consideration.
The organizing committee is tasked with the precision planning, and connecting all the dots to make this the best carnival night parade ever in St. Maarten.
A new element that will be added to the lighted parade this year is the “Rio Village” located on the Ring Road opposite the Ennia Building. The organizers envision this to become a “hot spot” where spectators can gather, eat, drink and party while waiting on the lighted parade to pass by.
It is also the place where the parade will be ending, as it is marked as the venue for the official after party where the musical entertainment will continue to play well after the parade has ended.
President of Rio Productions, Ms. Brenda Wathey is very excited about the current developments. “Burning Flames and Small Axe will be bands on the road, and for the first time Soggy Dollar Bar will be teaming up with us as well. They are going to build a trailer with amazing light and sound effects whereby local DJ’s will be performing.
That, in combination with our costume section and the flashing gadgets that our main sponsors Chippie and CLT will be providing, we can assure each and everyone that it’s going to be a light fantastic show. Something that you just don’t want to miss”.
Availability of T-Shirts is very limited, the general public is therefore advised to pre-register online before the 16th of March at: www.rioproductions.sx
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Island media plus is having their second event planned for Project Daydream, an initiative created for all those wanting to express themselves through the art of acting on screen.
A few goals of this project include creating locally produce movies and mini series.
After having a very successful first round of auditions, where persons known to the acting world as well as those wanting to pursue it, used the 3 minutes allocated to them to document their first impression, participants will now have the opportunity to work on themselves with the first of many coaching sessions aimed at developing their skills.
“Going through the audition film and seeing the talent St. Maarten has been housing and not showcasing has only sealed our conviction. Scheduling coaching sessions in between auditions is more than logical—it's expected. Those who auditioned can learn and build their talent. Having someone who actually knows what to look for and how to give useful feedback can only steer things in the right direction.” Latoya Lake, Island media’s representative commented when asked about their project.
The evaluators for the first casting call were instructed to focus on different aspects during auditions like diction, projection, range and of course being able to sell their portrayed character. Clara Reyes of the National Institute of Arts alongside Laser 101’s morning radio host Kevin “Suppa Kid” Petrona and Amanda Vital of the Toastmasters, were kept busy with the steady flow of talented hopefuls.
The coaching sessions planned for this time around will also have instructors who are more than familiar with the field and promises to have a positive impact on participants.
“Everyone involved understand the dream and goal and wants this to work! The team is very enthusiastic and passionate about the project. That passion becomes infectious making other creative and artistic people want to be a part of the project and they are more than welcome. It will be exciting to see where it goes!” Ms. Lake further states. That’s a good thing because this production has the potential to create new avenues of highlighting the talent on St. Maarten. Another one of Island Media’s goals is to enter some of their projects into film festivals within the Caribbean and internationally.
Latoya also took the time to thank organizations like UTS and Nia for helping them out, and was hopeful others would follow.
The event is planned for this coming Saturday March 12th, at the John Larmonie Center in Philipsburg from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Participants whom have not been able to audition will be granted the first hour to do so. After that, the coaching sessions will begin. Those registered are advised to make the necessary arrangement in order to follow the classes provided. Coaching sessions are for everyone registered and those wanting to take part in the project.
Registration for auditions and coaching must be done online at. www.islandmediaplus.com. “This is the start of something new and exciting that can potentially open up a different industry on the island. We just need to step up to the plate.
Enough dreaming. Here is the opportunity. Let’s make things happen.”
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The ministry of Youth Affairs and TEATT have been brought up to speed regarding the new rules and regulations of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation for carnival 2016.
The rules were outlined during a meeting between the entities recently.
During the meeting, Minister with the responsibility for Culture, the Honorable Silveria Jacobs also underlined some of her concerns regarding among others, the cultural aspect of the youth queen show as well as the youth calypso competition.
She also indicated that the ministry is looking at ways of promoting calypso as part of the island’s culture by way of workshops in the area of writing.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - There are only five days remaining for Reggae music lovers to get themselves the early bird tickets to the One Love Reggae Concert for Carnival 2016.
Presented by TelCell and SCDF, the concert will be held on April 28 in Carnival Village and will feature Ky-Mani Marley as headliner, complimented by performing artists Aliane, Romain Virgo and Demarco.
The show will also feati Betti V from St. Maarten and Mix-Master Pauly.
The early bird tickets are going for US $25 and are available at Van Dorp.
They have been on sale for almost two weeks, giving concert goers the opportunity at a great deal for four top-notch artists.
Once the early bird special is over, it will not be repeated. March 15 is the last day to get the early bird tickets.
One of the largest shows annually, the reggae concert is expected to be “massive” again with head liner Ky-Mani Marley.
His last name alone should tell concert goers that he will most naturally channel his legendary father Bob Marley as well as rock the crowd with his own brand of Reggae.
“We are very excited about the event. The Reggae genre is huge in Carnival and we wanted to give lovers of the genre a terrific experience. It is headlined by a Marley, so enough said,” project leader Keianna Liburd said.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group is heading into the busy carnival season even earlier than in previous years with some non-stop promotions starting Monday, February 29, 2016.
According to the company’s carnival promotion team, picture-taking is what Carnival is all about – so why not double up an affordable Smartphone with some great picture-taking features from the well-known photographic company, Kodak.
The Kodak Smartphone is TelEm Group’s first special promotion offer to customers leading up to the Carnival season.
“The Kodak Phone, as it is called, should be on everyone’s wish list for Carnival,” says, Carnival promotion team member Grisha Marten.
She says the company’s pre-carnival promotion is being run in collaboration with Xtratight Entertainment, who will be returning to carnival once again this year with their hugely popular “TelCell Night of the Hitmakers” event.
“As well as giving a Smartphone packed with features and accessories, we will also be giving customers a ticket to the upcoming TelCell Night of the Hitmakers show as part of the promotional package,” continued the Carnival promotion team member.
She said this year TelEm Group will be continuing with non-stop promotions from now through to the last day of Carnival with lots of contests, prizes, free giveaways, “and quite a few surprises along the way”, including a massive contest that will be the first of its kind for the TelEm Group Commercial Department.
“We are all very excited about our presence in Carnival once again this year, including the annual Road to Carnival jump-ups and all the other exciting things we will be involved in to spotlight our main touristic and cultural event of the year,” said Grisha.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has taken yet another step in giving the local Carnival bands extra exposure through activities around Carnival time.
The foundation will host the “SCDF Band Clash” on April 10 on what is commonly called the TelEm parking lot in Philipsburg (across Carnival Village).
The event will feature six of the islands most popular Carnival bands: The Bhan Pure, Xplosion, 4M HD, Official Band, XP HD, Strike Up and No Limit Band. The foundation said there is room for two more bands but is ready and excited to proceed with this lineup of jam bands.
The event is a free of charge.
The criteria for the Band Clash are very straight forward, but with strict emphasis on local music:
SCDF has also chosen to go with the traditional way of “clashing” between bands on St. Maarten: They will clash on trucks. The trucks will be positioned in a circular fashion, with the rear speakers out towards the crowd.
“This is the way we clashed back in the day in the old Carnival Village and this is the way we will clash again. There is something about being on a trailer and jamming that can’t be replaced. We thought it was important to bring that back,” the SCDF said.
“We have been doing a lot to make our bands one of the center attraction of Carnival. We believe they can be as good and entertain as good as any foreign band. It’s their Carnival and as such they should be featured.
This Band Clash with only local bands re-enforces that belief and we hope everyone comes out to support their favorite local band.”
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The early bird tickets for the highly anticipated Sabor Latino IV concert are now on sale.
The concert which will be held on April 29 in Carnival Village as part of Carnival 2016, will feature Don Miguello, Joe Vera and Oscar D’Leon.
The ticket special is entitled the “Love Bird Special”. It kicked off on Monday, February 15 and will run until February 29 or until supply last. Early bird tickets are on sale for only US $25.
Tickets are available Tu Y Yo Bar, Oasis Bar & Restaurant, Both Van Dorp stores and SOS 95.9 Radio.
Once the early bird ticket period expires or tickets sold out, price per ticket will be US $40 in advance and on the day of the show. Ticket sales will stop at all locations April 28 and will sell for US $50 on the day of the show at the Carnival Village.
The most electric Latin music experience will be back for Carnival 2016 when Montage N.V. presents “Sabor Latino IV” concert in Carnival Village on Friday, April 29. Montage has developed Sabor Latino as a Carnival brand with staying power, now in its fourth year.
On the lineup this year will be artists who are no strangers to their genres of music: Salsa singer Oscar De Leon, Bacahata star Joe Veras and Reggaton star Don Miguelo.
All three will grace the stage in Carnival Village for what Montage promises will be an unforgettable musical experience.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is urging all persons, companies, troupe leaders ect who have plans to participate in Carnival parades to register with the foundation asap.
According to parade coordinator for the SCDF Gina Illidge, the foundation is hearing about plenty of people and entities who will be in the parade, but these persons and entities have not yet registered.
“Registration is important for a number of reasons, including keeping whoever up to date with security measures, inspections for vehicles, judging criteria and more,” Illidge said. “We have three parades this year with the junior parade separate from the adults. It’s take careful coordination and planning, so we need to be on the same page with all potential participants of the parade,” she added.
The SCDF has already hosted a meeting for the troupes last month, and has another one pending for next week. “By that time we hope to have everyone registered,” Illidge said, adding that the feedback and participation for the parades looks “very good.”
Great Bay, St. Maarten - For the first time in the history of St. Maarten Carnival an African Flavor night has been included in the festival's calendar. To match this historic event, organizers of the African Flavor concert are bringing one of Africa's musical superstars, Bracket who gave the world the mega-hit, "Yori Yori".
"Bracket of "Yori Yori" fame will be performing live and direct from Africa at the Festival Village on April 26th,"'said Melissa Webster, president of the African Flavor foundation.
"We are all very excited about this for many reasons. First because Bracket is coming with their full band out of Africa and have promised a night to remember.
Secondly, because the African Flavor night is going to be a unique experience for everyone who attends the show. And thirdly, because we will be going straight from African Flavor into J'Ouvert morning," Ms. Webster said.
Also appearing on the show will be Trinidad's Benjai who rocked the region last year with his hit song, "Phenomenal".
Our very own Oswald, who’s currently working and living in France, will be flying in especially for the show and joining him will be Roxxy and Exodus out of Anguilla. Also performing on the show is the dance group Nirvana and one of St. Maarten’s very popular calypsonians King T-MO, the reigning Soca Groovy Monarch. They will be backed up by Fred York and his Musicology band.
Another major feature of the African Flavor concert is that everyone who purchases a ticket will be eligible to participate in a raffle draw with the spectacular grand prize of round trip airline tickets for two to Nigeria.
"When we say we're offering a unique experience, we mean just that," said Mrs. Ursel Biabiany-Gumbs, Event Coordinator. “Buying a ticket to the African Flavor concert is not only about going to a fantastic show, but also about the chance to win fabulous prizes, throughout our promotional campaign,” she said.
"But you have to be in the Village at the time of the raffle to win the prizes, otherwise another winner will be drawn," Mrs. Biabiany explained. She said that only tickets that are purchased will be part of the raffle, not complementary tickets.
"There are a limited amount of Early Bird tickets that will go on sale for a very short period of time from February 15th until February 29th for only $25 each, so make sure you get yours, " she added. "The regular tickets will cost $40 each and $45 on the day of the show." Ticket outlets are: Adolphus Richardson on the Pondfill Road, Ikemba African Gallery on Front Street, Van Dorp Madam Estate & Simpson Bay and Artsen Gas station in Marigot.
"Please like our Facebook page- African Flavor Entertainment- and keep checking for updates and promotions," Mrs. Biabiany added.
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