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THA to spend $7.3m for Jazz Festival

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Panman Shaquille Broomes accompanied by Kershief Wilson on guitar entertain guests during yesterday’s function hosted by the Tobago Festival Commission where the line-up for the Tobago Jazz Experience 2018 was announced. PICTURE THA INFO DEPT

Following much anticipation, the artistes carded to perform at the Tobago Jazz Experience 2018 have been made public.

The announcement was made by the chairman of the Tobago Festivals Commission George Leacock at the conference room of the Tobago Festivals Commission on Tuesday. The event is carded for April 27 to 29.

The Tobago House of Assembly is also expected to spend $7,315,000 for the event, which would see two main shows, Jazz in the East, Caribbean Night at Speyside on April 28 and World Music, International Night at Pigeon Point Heritage Park on April 29.

Tanya Stephens, Tarrus Riley, Anthony Hamilton and Ne-Yo have already been confirmed, while a sixth surprise artiste would be revealed in the future.

Responding to questions, Leacock said his team members received their instrument of appointment on January 3, 2018 and the primary target market for this year’s Tobago Jazz Experience was Trinidad and not the international market as in previous years.

“Included in our mandate was the running of the 2018 Tobago Jazz Experience, the task therefore was to run a festival in a very condensed way. That is further reflected in a reduced budget, for a reduced number of events, with a narrowed market focus. Our primary markets for the TJE 2018, is Trinidad” he said.

With respect to the air and seabridge challenges, he said he was optimistic that those issues would be resolved in time for the event.

“We do expect challenges, however, for every edition of the festival, for weekends like Easter, Caribbean Airlines has stepped up and put on the necessary additional flights to accommodate the upsurge of visitor arrivals, we expect no less on this occasion. With regard to the ferry service we also expect the full co-operation of the port authority to the extent of their capacity at that time. We are still five weeks away from the festival and we do hope that the Port Authority has additional capacity for weather conditions that allow for capacity that they don’t normally use on that run to be utilised” he said.

Tickets for the Tobago Jazz Experience will be available online via and at all NLCB outlets. They have been priced at $600 for general admission and $750 VIP.

In 2016, the Tobago House of Assembly budgeted $16 million for the event while in 2017 saw a reduction to $12 million to be spent on the event.

At that time, the Tobago Jazz Experience was held over a ten-day period, with events being in the East, North, West and South West Tobago. Three signature events namely, Jazz in the East held at Speyside (Free), World Music Night and Beach Jazz Fiesta at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park saw most patrons attending.


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