Jazz ‘n Creole takes top spot in Tourism Awareness month

Patrons at 2013 Jazz 'n Creole
Patrons at 2013 Jazz ‘n Creole

The Annual Jazz ‘n Creole Festival and fringe events have been deemed one of the two most successful activities during this year’s Tourism Awareness Month observed here in May.

Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, said while all activities during the month were well attended, Jazz ‘n Creole, which was held at the Cabrits, reeled in over 1,500 visitors; almost 500 more than last year.

“I know that preliminary counts are about 1,200 paid, with another 300 complimentary and working staff (tickets),” he said. “We had about 1,500 people at Fort Shirley that night. This means that we had about 400 to 500 more than we had last year.”

Piper said the event is viewed as a success based on the number of persons who attended.

“We have a winner on our hands and I think we need to continue to nurture it so we can grow it,” he explained.

Piper noted that although Dominica’s Jazz and Creole and Fringe event is still young, it can be considered as Dominica’s 3rd key event, following the World Creole Music Festival and Carnival.

“It will continue to grow and it has over the previous years, stimulate economic activity and drive destination branding and increase visitor arrivals,” he said.

He also said the inaugural Nature Island Challenge has garnered regional and international attention.

“Four person terms comprising of endurance athletes, hiking enthusiasts and adventure travelers competed along six segments of the Waittukubuli National Trails,” he stated. “Along the course they took part in several challenges in various communities. Teams were from the US, Trinidad and Antigua participated and Team US emerged the overall winner. This innovative event introduced Dominica to adventure travel fans all around the world.”

Piper said the event provided international coverage for Dominica and will be featured on NBC World of Adventure Sports on June 8th.

The competition was held from May 21 – 23 and it pitted teams against each other in a series of challenges including grueling trail hikes, cultural immersion activities and photographic documentation of key milestones.

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  1. Div
    June 8, 2013

    If indeed it was held in May, my only comment would be why choose a time so close to Jazz in St Lucia. To get an impact in terms of overseas visit, we do damage on capacity by choosing such a date. St Lucia Jazz has been running for a long and and already has a huge following. I feel it should perhaps be later on in the year. Just saying. I am Dominica not St Lucia and its just an observation as sometimes we do things and don’t allow for maximum impact.

  2. Malgraysa
    June 6, 2013

    That is great. As long as we are not asked to subsidize the event I’m happy. No point in running a show like that with 20% of visitors not paying. At least try to break even. PS. Where is mrs. Natalie Clarke-Meade in all this? Have not heard from/about her lately. Is she still with the DFC?

  3. Anonymous
    June 6, 2013

    It was a real success. As you see that next year they going and raise the price.

  4. ME
    June 6, 2013

    as far as the jass fest is concerned. most of the local ppl i talk to about the event have a misconception as to what jazz is. they thing is slow music with upright bass guitar and a boring old pianist. but when they attend the event for themselves they see that jazz is more than that; it is music at its best. free expression. up to today ppl still have a misunderstanding as to what jazz is and what the jazz event has to offer. KEEP IT UP PIPER!!!!

  5. June 6, 2013

    How can one view the event “Jazz n Creole” for 2013? We need to be provided with copies of the event. Also, when will the PRIZEGIVING for Carnival 2013 take place? What a shame DFC. Bands, queens and others haven’t received their money? Still waiting to see if you all can reap the profits from JAZZ n CREOLE to pay?

  6. Annon
    June 6, 2013

    Great, that’s just geat!

  7. Farmer's son
    June 5, 2013

    Why are there so many complimentary tickets at this event? 300 complimentary out of a total of 1500 tickets seems a bit much ( even after allowing for a reasonable number of staff tickets). Just saying…..

  8. I DIE NU
    June 5, 2013

    Is that too good for Q95 to report on?

  9. June 5, 2013

    I saw videos of the Nature Island Challenge and trust me it looks real interesting,

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