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Dominica: World Creole Music Festival back after two years, expecting thousands of tourists

The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives of Dominica announced the three-day festival from 28 October 2022 to 30 October 2022. While briefing the press, the authorities officially launched 22nd edition of the World Creole Music Festival on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives of Dominica announced the three-day festival from 28 October 2022 to 30 October 2022. While briefing the press, the authorities officially launched 22nd edition of the World Creole Music Festival on Wednesday.

The World Creole Music festival is the most popular event in Dominica, and the celebration was delayed two times due to COVID-19 norms.

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This year’s festival will be much more fun and attract thousands of tourists worldwide to Dominica. The festival is expected to be a big hit this year, said Denise Charles – The Minister of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives.

Minister Charles announced that many accommodations and makeup artists are already fully booked. She further said that she has a lot of confidence in the World Creole Music Festival brand, which has stood the same for over two decades.

“The festival will be a boost for airlines, ferries, accommodations, restaurants, drinks and beverage distributors, taxis, vendors, boutiques, makeup artists, telecommunications, DJs, entertainment service providers, media, videographers, and the list goes on,” said Minister Denise Charles.

“Come enjoy the three nights of music, ambience, food, culture, and vibes which are unique,” she further added.

Minister Charles called the festival an investment by the government and said that authorities are working to make it a world-class event. She also thanked artists from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and the United States of America for showing great interest in the World Creole Music Festival.

Over seventeen famous artists will be giving their performances at the WCMF, including Shenseaa, Jocelyn Beroad, Sizzla, Coltont, Exposib, First Serenade, Christopher Martin, K- Dilak & Bed Jine, Midnight Groovers, Patrice Roberts, Admiral T, Asa Bantan, Dexta Daps, Reo, Kes The Band, Carlyn XP, Original WCK, Chire Lakay, Signal, Extacy, and TK Triple International.

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The World Creole Music Festival is Dominica’s biggest event and a significant economic booster. Minister said that the Discover Dominica Authority has embarked on a series of one-on-one meetings with potential corporate sponsors to partner with the government. She said that the previous reports of the event show that it brings returns up to six times the total investment.

In the digitized world, website promotions have become exceptionally important, and festival websites are upgraded to give better user experiences. People can now book tickets, makeup artists, accommodations and do much more at https://dominicafestivals.com/.

Denise Charles stated the early bird season tickets for the World Creole Music Festival are available on the website, costing around $300 for three nights (special price for 24 hours starting 10 August, Wednesday 7 pm ). While the price of a regular season ticket for three nights is $375, and a nightly ticket for $150.

People can also experience the Village VIP and the Party VIP experiences with a theme “Coastal Villages”, where patrons will be able to enjoy the real Dominican coastal village within the World Creole Music Festival vibe. The officials of Discover Dominica Authority said that the VIP experiences are being hosted in partnership with NexConneX and Radiance Productions. The comprehensive features of the PVIP and VIP will be revealed in a few days.

Colin Piper – CEO of Discover Dominica Authority, said that the National Bank of Dominica Limited has come on board as the premium bank for the World Creole Music Festival. The Tranquility Beach Resorts is also the first-time sponsor of the festival, and Tropical Shipping is also among the sponsors and has the most extended connection with the event.

Chekira Lockhart Hypolite- the parliament representative from Roseau South Constituency, called the “World Creole Music Festival the greatest show on earth,”. She said Dominica is the Creole entertainment capital of the world and added that many music lovers have already confirmed their travel and accommodation reservations already.

Based on consistent tourist inflows, media attention, and the World Creole Music Festival’s stellar reputation among artists, it has emerged as one of the key events in the Caribbean festival calendar. The festival celebrates the music traditions of the Creole-speaking nations of the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

Creole music as a musical genre is varied in terms of both form and rhythm, ranging from the contagious Dominican Bouyon and Cadence-Lypso to Haitian Kompas and French Antillean Zouk. Other musical styles, such as African rhythms like Soukouce and New Orleans’ Zydecco, have also made an appearance at this festival. Along with Salsa, the other Caribbean and international music genres like Dancehall/Reggae, Soca, and Calypso have been on the WCMF stages.

Music enthusiasts from around the world come to enjoy a magnificent weekend of fun and music in Dominica. The event is a real boost to Dominica’s economy, which had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dominican diaspora also comes back to their home country to enjoy the festivities associated with the event.

Dominica is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands in the region and has preserved its natural assets. Popularly known as the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean”, Dominica was crowned as the #1 Caribbean Island by Travel + Leisure Magazine in August 2022. People can enjoy the peaceful island along with the world’s best Creole Music Festival. It is also known as the “Festival That Never Sleeps” because of kickoffs in the evenings and goes on till the next morning.

The first World Creole Music Festival was launched in 1997 with the major goals of developing the country’s arts, music and entertainment industries and promoting the country as a tourism destination. The event is hosted yearly on the last Friday of October; however, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused travel restrictions and drove havoc around the world, the magnificent event could not take place for two years. The halt has resulted in tremendous excitement among Creole music lovers who had been eagerly waiting to enjoy the “Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythm.”

Tariq Saeed

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