Tickets have already sold out for the LIME National Independence Festival of Creative Arts Performing Arts dance finals begining over the weekend.
Speaking at a press conference this morning at the Frank Collymore Hall, Marketing Manager for the National Cultural Foundation, Sherwin Cumberbatch, revealed that the tickets for the dance final, which will be held on Friday, went on sale on Monday and by yesterday they were all gone.
Whilst adding that ticket sales for the first music final scheduled for Saturday; drama/speech which will be featured on Sunday and the second Music night on Monday which concluded the Performing Arts final were “picking up”.
Music was split into two nights to accommodate the large number of entrants. This year, particularly as a result of the introduction of the new Jackie Opel Award in Music worth $1,500, many participants entered original material.
Forty-three original songs were entered, of them, 13 pieces advanced to the final. A quota of 20 dance pieces, which comprised 15 groups, three duets and two solo performances, will compete in the non-professional category.
In drama/speech, 20 pieces will be presented, including both groups and individuals, with one professional entry.
Along with vying for gold, silver and bronze awards, participants in the 2012 Performing Arts finals were also up for the James Millington Award for Music, the Madame Ifill Award for Dance, the Daphne Joseph-Hackett Award for Drama and Speech along with the Governor General’s Award of Excellence offered to professionals competing in all categories, which is worth $7,500.
Head of Marketing and Communication at LIME, Rachel Pilgrim, said they were delighted to once again be associated with NIFCA and the performing arts. She said they saw the opportunities it gave for the true talent of the country to shine.
“For the past 25 years LIME and NIFCA have worked closely together to develop our talented youth who in return put our little island firmly on the map. We support community initiatives like this, which help to develop young talent in every aspect of Dance, Music and Drama.
“LIME as a brand has invested years of technology and revenue into supporting local initiatives and we strive for perfection in our services to the public as do the artists. We have seen them perform over the last few weeks at an extremely high standard and we would want to wish every single entrant every success,” she said. (KC)