Barbados hosts ‘Vujaday’
by Krystal Hoyte
This is how patrons to The Vujaday Music Festival described yesterday’s premiere event at Pirate’s Cove which kicked off the five-day, house-music festival.
The event, which is a collaborative effort involving Canadian and Barbadian promoters, has attracted over 1, 000 visitors to the island.
Ryan Kruger, the co-founder of Vujaday and president of The RKET Group told Barbados TODAY that the majority of the visitors who came here specifically for the festival were from Canada and the United States.
“Over 1, 000 people have joined us on the island this year from Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami and New York to name a few of our key markets, but there are also quite a few coming in from Western Europe and the greater Caribbean, especially Trinidad,” Kruger said, adding that he expects the global reach of the festival to expand as it grows.
He also revealed that of all the countries considered for the event, Barbados was the first that checked all the boxes.
“We came up with the concept of Vujaday before knowing exactly where it was going to be held. The idea was somewhere tropical and a location people from around the world would want to travel to,” he said.
“Not only is Barbados stunningly beautiful, but it has modern infrastructure. It is also very safe with extremely nice people, and an inviting Government who saw the potential in Vujaday as well as a great local partner,” he added.
The icing on the cake, Kruger said, was the fact that Barbados had what many other Caribbean islands do not have – a bit of a history with house music, which is in keeping with the theme of the festival that is due to touch five unique locations across the island, including Nikki Beach, Bellevue Plantation, Copacabana and Cornwall House.
“We have some of the biggest names in house music coming to Barbados this week and combined with great sound, light, decor and locations they are really in for a totally new experience.
“Our research has told us that most of our travellers have never been to Barbados before so we want to ensure they fall in love with the island and want to keep coming back for many years to come,” he added.
The word Vujaday means, “like something you’ve never seen or felt before” and this theme runs throughout everything we do,” he said, while assuring that the local community will not to be left out of this week’s celebration.
Green Velvet and his record label, Relief Records, hosted yesterday’s event.
Andy Himself kicked off the party which continued well into the wee hours of Thursday morning, featuring special performances by Simon Jain, DJ Addy, Latmun, Solardo, Justin Martin and Nathan Barato. (KH)