A Jazz N’ Creole Basketball Classic and a Creole pre-party organized by Atlantique View Resort and Spa will, for the first time, form part of the activities leading up to the main event for this year’s 11th Edition of Jazz N’ Creole.
The event is carded for May 1st at the Fort Shirley, Cabrits National Park.
The Jazz N’ Creole Basketball Classic will be hosted on April 29th, while the Creole pre-party on April 30th.
“We will be hosting a Jazz N’ Creole pre-party,” former Dominica Basketball Amateur Association (DABA) General Secretary, Jerry Williams, said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
“The rates are slashed to EC$200 a night,” he stated. “We also have an all inclusive package for $399 which includes meal, accommodation, free pass to the event and a shuttle to and from the Jazz n Creole.”
According to Williams from a basketball standpoint, the intention is to “marry basketball/ sports with Jazz n’ Creole.”
“We are hosting the Jazz n’ Creole Basketball classic. This is an idea that came up realizing that there is a void from Friday night, apart from having the different parties, why not bring basketball to Benjamin’s Park and the persons within the vicinity can come and enjoy some good quality basketball,” the former DABA official explained.
The event will feature a match between the All Stars from the south and the All Stars from the north.
According to Williams, the event will be hosted yearly and organizers plan to grow it by inviting teams from the region to come to Dominica.
“We want to invite international teams, regional teams,” Williams said. “So again, it’s just to come down to the north, enjoy what the north has to offer. It’s a special invitation to each and everyone.”
Meantime, Festivals and Events Manager Samantha Letang revealed that for the first time on the Jazz n’ Creole stage, there will be the ‘Spoken Word’ and with that will also come a live painting demonstration.
There will also be performances from the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre Company and the Paix Bouche drummers.
“We are also including this year, an interesting segment,” Letang added. “We will be having a fashion segment…”
She reminded the public that there will be a police presence on the roads leading to the main stage event.
“So we want to encourage persons to follow the guidelines for parking within the Portsmouth area and this will ensure a smooth flow and a positive experience also for the event,” she said… “Police will be in full force ensuring that your parking is available, that you follow the guidelines regarding parking and where you are able to pick up your shuttles.”
The full performance lineup for the event includes Teddyson John from St Lucia, JSJ Trio from Guadeloupe, Freetown Collective from Trinidad and Tobago, Michele Henderson from Dominica, Femme 4 featuring Starsha, Marsha, Tasha P and Shalina from Dominica and Breve from Dominica.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://shop.access767.com/shop/dfc/ or at the Dominica Festivals Office in Roseau from 10:00am to 4:00pm and also at Water’s Edge in Portsmouth.
VIP tickets cost $250, regular tickets $150 and children tickets (children between the ages of 12 and 18) $75.
Patrons are reminded to walk with a form of identification.
At the Fringe events there will be a special promotion on tickets for $120.
The theme dress code is “Nature Island Chic”.