The Dominica Festivals Commission officially launched the 17th Edition of the World Creole Music Festival at Krazy Koconutz On Monday.
Minister for Tourism, Hon. Ian Douglas in his address said the World Creole Musical Festival has been a major contributor to tourist arrivals on the island.
He noted, “The event was conceived as a means of increasing visitor arrivals during the early part of the official tourism season and to create better linkages between tourism and culture. For us this is a major tourism imperative as we use the festival to draw more visitors to experience our dynamic tourism product offering.”
He praised the work of the DDA and DFC as well as other stakeholders for their efforts in making the event successful over the years.
The Tourism Minister was also mindful to say “A big thank you to the Government of Dominica, the presenting sponsor who spends about $780,000 every year to ensure that the festival’s success.”
Collin Piper, Chairman of the DFC, in his overview of the event over the past years, gave credence to the individuals who conceptualised the festival.
He stated, “For seventeen years this festival has stood the test of time. The format conceptualised is virtually the format used today and this is a testament to the individuals and the institutions that planned the initial festival and those have painstakingly provided stewardship along the way.”
However, he said, “The way in which people recreate and are entertained have changed and so to have the ways in which one promotes and advertises. In that regard the World Creole Music Festival has transitioned.”
He used 2008 as a yardstick to determine this year’s success. He revealed, “In 2008 the World Creole Music Festival stimulated some eight times what the Government put in by way of investment. I draw parallels to 2008 because whereas 2008 was the 30th anniversary of independence, in 2013 we will be celebrating Dominica’s 35th anniversary of Independence.”
He encouraged corporate citizens to give their full support to ensure the event’s continuity. Piper also gave 2011 statistics of the event calling it an economic stimulator.
“The festival is an economic success being that it is an enabler, a stimulator of economic activity and I take this opportunity to impress upon the businesses that will benefit from the increased activity around this festive time to show their corporate citizenship and partner with the World Creole Music Festival by contributing cash and kind.”
The line up was announced in part and the list is expected to be completely confirmed within the next two weeks.
Night one will feature Trinidadian soca king Machel Montano. There will also be performances from Dominica’s Triple Kay Global featuring and Nu Look of Haiti.
Night two will feature Jamaican dancehall reggae star Busy Signal. Bracket of Nigeria, Dominica’s Cadence Allstars with Fitzroy Williams and French Zouk Allstars featuring Patrice Hulman, Orlane, Alex Alexis and Jean Marc Ferdinand will also grace the stage.
Night three will feature the legendary KASSAV along with Carimi, Latin star Tito Puente Jr. and Dominica’s calypso sensations Hunter, Daddy Chess, De Bobb, Tasha P and King Dice.
The ‘three nights of pulsating music’ will be from October 25th to 27th. The Government of Dominica is the presenting sponsor. Digicel has been a gold sponsor since 2005.