PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has teamed up with Deviage Entertainment to host the first ever DJ Competition of different genres in Carnival Village as part of the 2017 Carnival Festivities. The event is titled sponsored by Tropixx 105.5fm, under the umbrella of Philipsburg Broadcasting.
The Tropixx Carnival Crossover DJ Competition is a one-on-ne DJ Battle in each of the following six music genres: Latin, Zouk, Soca, House/EDM, Reggae/Dancehall and Hip Hop/R&B. There will be two teams competing: Team North (French Side) vs. Team South (Dutch Side) and each round begins with a coin toss to determine who goes first.
“Be sure to include your name, DJ name, phone number and a 10 minute mix (soundcloud link or MP3) of the genre you would like to compete in.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Time for the big rigs to take to the road again. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host the annual Causeway Jump-Up on Saturday March 18 and with a slightly different route this time around.
The event will also mark the first sighting of “big rigs”, the signature Carnival trucks and trailers, for the start of the Carnival season. The Causeway Jump-Up has grown into one of the most anticipated events in the pre-Carnival schedule, drawing an estimated 10,000 people annually.
The SCDF explained that this year, the route will deviate somewhat from previous years. The jump-up will start at Kim Sha Beach, make its way over the Simpson Bay bridge and down the Simpson Bay Stretch. It will then roll over the Simpson Bay Causeway and up Union Road.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has dispatched some of its members throughout the region to promote St. Maarten Carnival during the Carnival festivities on those specific islands.
Over the past few years the foundation has increased its presence on specific islands which has results in an increase visitor’s numbers from the region to the festival. Aruba and Curacao remain the at the top of the list of visitors to St. Maarten for Carnival. Carnival lovers from St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Barbados also rank high in the numbers.
The SCDF had put a concerted effort into increasing regional numbers as these visitors understand and embrace the Carnival culture.
POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – TelEm Group mobile provider TelCell is giving away a brand new Hyundai i20 motor car as the First Prize of its latest SMS text campaign.
From now until May 2nd, anyone can text the word “CARNIVAL” to 7777 for a chance to win the grand prize courtesy of Motorworld, and many other super prizes available including: $50 weekly Top-Up for a year, One year internet subscription, an iPhone 7 Plus and a Sumsung7 Edge courtesy of TelCell, and a 55” Smart TV and other prizes courtesy of electronics store, Boolchand’s.
“We received thousands of SMS texts from customers and members of the public who wanted to win the motor car prize last year and we expect even more texts this year for this brand new 2017 model i20,” said TelEm Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, who is also reminding those sending texts each text will cost $1 for each chance to win.
Grisha has also informed that the winning name is chosen totally at random, so anyone and everyone has a chance to win, she said the lucky winner of the top prize will not only be receiving the key this year, but also six months of gas courtesy of Texaco, a Hyundai L575 cellphone and a pulse watch.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Popular Carnival festivities organizer ‘Nothin’ But Alcohol’ (NBA) will be joining forces with Rio Productions this year and will form an integral part of the Lighted Parade, lighting up the nighttime sky of Philipsburg on Saturday, April 1st 2017 .
NBA has come on board with Rio in order to further enhance the participant experience and to grow the parade exponentially compared to previous years. The popular group, which has become known for its’ fun-time J’ouvert morning troupe, has grown to well over 1000 participants over the years. “Teaming up with Rio Productions for the Lighted Parade has been something which we have considered for a few years already, and this year, we got together to make it happen.”.
The musical entertainment for the road will be a combination of bands and some of the Island’s most popular DJ’s. Back by popular demand will be the Small Axe Band and joining them on the road will be the Grand Masters Band both of which are bands out of St.Kitts. The 2016 parade was a great success, in part, due to the addition of Soggy Dollar Bar. This year Kurt Lukkert, known in the industry as “DJ Bossman” , will not disappoint as he will be adding new features and stepping up the look of his lighted “Rolls Royce”. Ever popular, DJ Outkast, will be rocking his road jams on the Upper Deck of the bandwagon for the night.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Theatre-lovers flocking to the opening night of Albina Matuzko’s production of Behind the Beyond (now playing at the National Institute of Arts Black Box Theatre, John Larmonie Center, Longwall Road) hadn’t really counted on getting a “twofer” when they sat down, ready to see the show unfold.
For the uninitiated, a “twofer” is simply a term of phrase, not literary, nor grammatical, and certainly not of theatrical root. It merely stands for the rewarding act of giving or receiving - two for the price of one.
It turns out that our theatre-goers, unbeknownst to them were not only holding tickets for the premiere of the much heralded “fake” send-up of a Stephen Leacock classic, Behind the Beyond, but also to a Reggae party that, quite unfortunately, was also taking place next door – effectively and annoyingly disturbing the latter part of the show.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - P.E.P (Patrol to Eradicate Pedophilia and Child Molestation) president Mhakeda Shillingford , would like to first of all thank Michael Granger and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Committee for the opportunity last year to combine and host the Carnival Youth Extravaganza in collaboration with the Pep Showdown.
Pep Showdown was our first annual show featuring high schools and their artistic directors portraying their message against child abuse and molestation in song, dance and drama. We also had our French vs Dutch annual DJ completion.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - President of Rio Productions Ms. Brenda Wathey officially announced on Monday, February 20th 2017 that Rio Productions will be participating in the 2017 Carnival Day Parade, which will take place on May 1st and May 2nd in Sint Maarten.
“Secrets”, the name of the Troupe, is being limited to approximately 100 participants divided into several sections, will parade through the streets of the Philipsburg in glamorous costumes inspired by the well-known “Victoria Secrets” runway show.
Ms. Brenda Wathey described these “winged” costumes as “absolute master pieces which are being produced by the some of the most seasoned costume designers in our region”. Wathey further went on to say “…I am grateful for the continued support of our corporate sponsors despite the very tough economic times on the Island”.
CAY HILL, St. Maarten - CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the world’s number one beverage, will again release a limited edition 12 oz can, imprinted with the St. Maarten Carnival Logo. This one of a kind Coca Cola® Can will express a new slogan; “Experience Carnival with Coca Cola”. The reveler image is also different from last year, making it a collectible item. “As promised last year, CC1 is providing St. Maarten consumers with their own Coca Cola Carnival collectable, said Trade Marketing Coordinator; Agnetha Huijting.
" The Carnival Foundation is once again delighted that Coca Cola has chosen to feature St. Maarten's Carnival on its iconic cans. The response we received last year from visitors in the region and around the world was beyond expectations. To have our festival associated with the biggest beverage brand in the world, shows confidence in our Carnival product and offers us a marketing vehicle not easily matched. We are very proud to be partnering with Coca Cola for Carnival 2017." said Director of SCDF; Michael Granger.
Consumers can purchase their 2017 Limited Edition Coca Cola® Can at major retailers across the island starting the second week of February. The plan is to distribute these cans over a period of 3 months until the beginning of May 2017.
CC1 St. Maarten will be giving away more than 20 Carnival Season passes again this year which permits a winner and a friend to access the Festival Village for the entire carnival season. For additional information or a chance to win, look for “Win A Carnival Season Pass For You and A Friend” in supermarkets island-wide.
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