‘Tropical Disco’ announced as the theme of WCMF 2023


(L-r) Earl York being interviewed, Cecelia St. Hiliare

Organizers of the VIP Experience for this year’s World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) will feature a new experience this year for VIP patrons. This year’s experience theme is “Tropical Disco”, a three-day culinary, musical, and cultural journey through Dominica. Patrons can take advantage of the VVIP which is an over-the-top experience with special things for the guests and the PVIP which is the Party VIP.

“So, this year we are going to switch it up a little bit,” Organizer of the WCMF VIP Experience, Cecilia St. Hiliare of Nex Connex said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. ‘The theme is ‘Tropical Disco.’ This is very important. Last year was ‘Coastal Village’, so we brought in the villagers, we brought in the boats, now we are doing ‘Tropical Disco.’”

She continued, “We are going to pick every bush that we can find and we are really going to jazz it up nicely.”

St Hiliare stated that this year some Dominican legends will be honoured as part of the celebrations.

Last year the late Earl Etienne was featured, “and this year we are going to try to have some more synergy with what the DDA is doing by doing a legend wall, where we will honor some musical and cultural legends throughout Dominica.”

Furthermore, she said that Nex Connex will be working with the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre to bring back the art there, “And working with DDA cultural coordination of the cultural groups as they perform on stage for them to come to the VIP.”

St Hiliare revealed that there will also be a village-type atmosphere where VIP patrons can experience foods from all different food suppliers that are not just from Roseau, but from villages across Dominica.

“So, we try to create a menu that takes you back in time to create some nostalgia about Dominica by serving foods that we all yearn for when we live away from Dominica and even to those of us who live in Dominica,” she stated.

The VVIP and PVIP tickets are available online on ticketlinkz.com and physical tickets can be purchased at Nex Connex office located at 17 Kennedy Avenue in Roseau upstairs of Cadrec.

Meanwhile, Earl Yorke of Sound 2000, a company based in St Maarten will work in collaboration with Kairi Sounds and the WCMF to give patrons a much bigger visual experience.

“You know in Dominica we talk about pulsating rhythms. Everybody will expect sounds to be on par and what we are trying to do now is to give the patrons a different experience and that experience will be a visual experience,” he explained. “I say that to say this: you listen to the sounds of the artistes on the radio at home. When we come to the festival, we come to hear the music which we already listened to.”

He pointed out that the different elements will include the visual aspect.

“The lighting and the video screen…we are implementing different designs to give you an electrifying experience, that rev up your visual aspect to not only hearing the sound,” he said.

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  1. !ucas
    September 17, 2023

    Will we be dancing in the dark?
    Do VVIPs get a free flashlight?

  2. Ahah
    September 16, 2023

    The key word “Disco” says it all! These jokers are caught in time warp. Stagnation is a mother jumper! Time to wake up and smell the 21st century coffee!!!

    Ain’t nothing wrong with honoring our cultural icons of yesteryear; however, a good measure of sensible forward thinking and innovative ideas are sorely needed to propel this stalled venture forward.

  3. Zandoli
    September 15, 2023

    I hope Domlec has enough power to “give you an electrifying experience”

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  4. Marianne
    September 15, 2023

    Stop all this nonsense now. We have no power, we have a hospital that is dysfunctional, we have so-called climate resilient low cost housing that is all breaking apart, we have no jobs other than short term construction and cleaning toilets in hotels, all allu do is make more and more fete with your shamefull VP VVP caste system. Wake up and grow up Dominica!

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    • Martha
      September 15, 2023

      Very well stated!

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  5. Lucas
    September 14, 2023

    Reinforcing Dominica’s two-tier society.

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  6. dissident
    September 14, 2023

    what a special targeted monumental contribution to the VIP’s experience…… that’s their real take away while de rest of us get treated like yeh yeh and kakaratt.
    that’s de kind of experience one looks for at a free or low entrance fee activity like creole in the park!!!!!!
    who they really marketing dat festival for nuh????!!!!
    all you l put me on de edge already……doh push me off nuh

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