MAY 12, 2008



The curtain finally came down on the 17th Jazz programme in St. Lucia. Thousands of visitors joined St. Lucians as they enjoyed St. Lucia Jazz 2008, June 2 – 11, 2008. Many observed that this year, it was the biggest ever as massive crowds converged on one of the most exotic locations on earth. The Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen Chastanet with Prime Minister, Hon. Stephenson King at his side appeared moments before the final performance on the night of May 11, 2008 and announced – that contrary to rumours, St. Lucia Jazz will not be discontinued, instead it will go on for many years to come.

The period May 2 – 11, 2008 saw citizens across the country exploring the Jazz experience and uniting with visiting relatives and friends from overseas. Jazz on the Square and Tea Time Jazz at La Place Carenage continued to be preferred venues by many St. Lucians from Monday to Friday before the action moved to Pigeon Island.

All Hotels on the North Coast were sold out for the weekend. Amidst the Ruins – Pigeon Island National Landmark action began on Thursday night with sold out performances. The much anticipated performances began on Thursday evening with Dianne Reeves, Friday with Air Supply and Michael Bolton, Saturday with Anita Baker and finally Sunday with Dionne Warwick and Wyclef Jean. However, Friday, 9/5/08 will be remembered for a long time as Air Supply and Michael Bolton brought the house down as they performed to a massive crowd.

There is something special about St. Lucian Lifestyle. You don’t have to worry with the old adage – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In St. Lucia, you work and play! It is interesting to note that if you have the energy, you can do both everyday. What a place? There are many choices of restaurants, night clubs and bars to choose from. There is never a dull moment in St. Lucia.

The political bomb shell did not ignite and the week ended with a statement from Hon. Rufus Bousquet that he is prepared to wait on a decision from Prime Minister, Hon. Stephenson King. There have been numerous mild tremors in the party but not of any strength to cause a catastrophe. The UWP cannot afford to self destruct. The parliamentarians owe it to their supporters to occupy the space of government for the next three and a half years. It seems calm on the political front in St. Lucia at least for the moment. In the meantime, it is business as usual. The crowds at the various venues during the period of St. Lucia Jazz 2008 attest to the fact that there is money in the hands of the people. It is no longer pleasurable to drive from Castries to Pigeon Island or Beausejour Cricket Ground. It can take as much as three hours when there is an exciting crowd pulling event.
During Jazz many visitors mix business with pleasure and take the opportunity to look into acquiring property in St. Lucia. There are many opportunities to secure your piece of the rock. In recent times, property developers are designing their properties to cater for the most discriminating clients with world class amenities. Visit my Broker Portal
St. Lucia celebrates life! If you missed St. Lucia Jazz 2008, be sure to get in on the action for St. Lucia Carnival 2008. Carnival will be officially launched on Sunday, June 1, 2008. The Carnival weekend up to Carnival Monday and Tuesday runs over the period July 18 – 22, 2008. Check out the vibes at The entire Carnival Programme is on the home page on the site. You can also check out
Keep the Faith, God is in Charge, Dream Big and Expect Miracles all the time!!!

Edward Harris
Biblicist, Freelance Journalist, Author, Business & PR Consultant, Realtor, Sales & Marketing Specialist, Networker, Private Sector Advocate, Motivational Speaker

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