Experience a real summer in Saint Lucia
Unlike summers in the UK, summers in Saint Lucia are a year-round affair with guaranteed hot weather, beautiful scenery and an unmistakable friendly vibe. So what better way to celebrate Lucian summer than with our Soleil Summer Festival; five great events throughout the year giving you a chance to experience our rich culture, warm hospitality and stunning scenery.
What type of festival goer are you?
We have two great festivals for those that love music. We have Saint Lucia Jazz from 6th – 13th May with live performances from international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean artists including Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Aziza, Pauline Jean, Denys Baptiste, Zara McFarlane, Avery Sunshine, Boo Hinkson and many more. Watch the video above or visit www.stlucia.org/jazzfestival for more details. Tickets can be purchased online now.
Soul connoisseurs and reggae fans will love our Roots & Soul festival from 31st August – 2nd September. The festival is dedicated to musicians who are setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B. Performers last year included reggae artist, Christopher Martin, R&B singer Musiq Soulchild, Etana, David Rudder and Morgan Heritage.
The ultimate street party in Saint Lucia is Carnival with Gros Islet ‘Jump Up’ a close second! The celebrations for Carnival actually start in June with beauty pageants, steel band competitions, beach parties, ‘fetes’, J’ouvert and culminates in the two-day parade through the streets of Castries on 16th & 17th July. Get ready for an explosion of colourful costumes, pulsating Soca music and some serious dancing! So grab a Piton beer in one hand and your horn-blower in the other and party! For the Carnival activities calendar, watch the video.
For the foodies, we have the Food & Rum Festival in January celebrating the culinary excellence of international and Caribbean chefs with bespoke dinner menus, live cooking demonstrations and food and rum tasting. A highlight of the festival was renowned chef, Marcus Samuelsson who presented a Saint Lucian twist on his menu from President Obama’s first State Dinner. The festival this year also launched the first Caribbean Rum Awards. See what you missed, by watching the video here.
For the month of October, Saint Lucians celebrate their rich Creole heritage with musical and theatrical performances, seminars, lectures, varied culinary experiences, street parties and art exhibitions. The Festival culminates on the weekend of 28 & 29 October with a celebration of International Creole Day in designated communities.
For more details, visit www.stlucia.org/summerfestival
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