The curtain is set to come down this weekend on what has been described as a delightful week at the Honey Jazz Barbados Festival.
One would never have guessed that this season was hit by a significant drop in sponsorship, given the quality of the performances at the various events.
“You don’t quit when it gets hard, especially when you have a passion for something,” Honey Jazz founder Ebonni Rowe told Barbados TODAY.
After the big launch on January 17, jazz lovers got their first treat at the James De Lovell Show held at the Waterfront Café.
Last evening the Canadian High Commission also hosted a private reception before patrons headed over to the Old Jamm Inn, St Lawrence Gap where they rocked the night away.
“We performed with the [musical band] NJ30+ at the Old Jamm Inn and it was packed and lots of fun. It was great to be in the Gap and to have so many visitors on the island who can check out our awesome local talent,” Rowe said, delighted with the response.
There are three remaining events set for this weekend.
Local song bird Leigh Phillips will headline Sugar Cane Jazz at Clifton Hall tonight ahead of tomorrow’s Gala which Rowe said would promises to be a night to remember.
“It’s a three-part event starting with a red carpet mix and mingle on the terrace of Frank Collymore Hall featuring the band Focus, then the concert featuring ten artistes, including Canadian special guest Shakura S’aida followed by an after-party with the NJ30+ band.
The festival climaxes on Sunday with Soulful Flow Yoga at Surfer’s Bay.
Aside from the performances, there is a fundraiser for the Honey Jam Development programme which supports budding young artistes and gives young students of music the opportunity to attend the gala.
This year the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) came on board as a festival sponsor.
BTPA Chief Executive Officer Kerry Hall said the authority was actively seeking to forge strategic partnerships to give visitors an “authentic immersive experience”.
“We know our visitors are looking for things to do, they are looking for unique experiences, they are looking for high quality experience and we believe that events such as Honey Jazz . . . [are] what we deem to be high quality productions,” said Hall.
“[We] forge strategic partnerships with you to help you to take your events to the next level, but also to ensure that our visitors have on island experiences of note, high quality experiences, that they will go back [home and] tell their friends and family and the rest of the world about,” Hall added.