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MOONSPLASH, THE CARIBBEAN’S ICONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

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MOONSPLASH, THE CARIBBEAN’S ICONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, RETURNS TO ANGUILLA THIS MARCH

Headline Artists Announced

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The Valley, Anguilla, February 8, 2016…….The 27th annual Moonsplash Festival, known for being one of the most iconic Reggae festivals in the region, will take place from March 9th-12th, 2017 at the legendary Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay  Beach. The festival was founded and is still run by Anguilla’s own Bankie Banx, a musical legend whose style combines reggae, folk, R&B and jazz.  In 1990 he conceived of a unique reggae music festival held under a full moon – a concept that has proven to be incredibly successful, with hundreds of people from around the world flocking to the island for the musicians, ambiance, and unrivaled stage and venue.

The festival is known for bringing together internationally-acclaimed and up and coming recording artists from across the globe for three days of spectacular entertainment – under the full moon.

The headline artists this year are two Reggae powerhouses: Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. Christopher Martin is a reggae/dancehall singer and songwriter who has worked with all of the top producers in the industry including Robert Livingston, Arif Cooper, Shan Brown and Demarco. He recently completed an international tour in 2016. Romain Virgo, specializing in the lovers rock style of Reggae, has been in the industry since a young age, rising to prominence in 2006. With 3 albums and over 14 singles, he is probably best known for his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” that topped charts, particularly in the Caribbean. Performances are also scheduled for local legends Bankie Banx, Omari Banx, Sherriff Bob and True Intentions, with additional artists being confirmed daily.

“Our on-island events and festivals are magnets that attract incremental business to our island,” said the Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary. “Moonsplash kicks off our 2017 Festival Calendar of Events which we promote in all our overseas markets as they are critical to growing our business.  They provide compelling reasons for visitors to choose Anguilla for their next vacation destination,” he stated. 

While predominantly featuring Reggae music, the festival has attracted headline artists and fans across music genres, including John Mayer, Nas and QTip – representing the full spectrum from rock to rap.

Moonsplash takes place at Bankie’s Dune Preserve on beautiful Rendezvous Bay, a sweep of soft white sand and breathtaking views. Each night, this magical festival begins anew. While not the largest beach party, it is considered one of the ten craziest parties around, as named by Buzzfeed, so attendees are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

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Tour operators indicate the destinations that will surprise this year

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Under-explored natural paradises, luxury itinerary for couples and experience & exploring oriented tourism: some destinations will receive an increasing number of visitors in 2017.

A lot of them has been targeted by travel trade for a while, but a few issues, such as hard access, lack of structure and unaffordable prices, didn’t let them move towards their potential. This year, though, due to investments in hospitality industry, new routes and the increasing interest of travelers that are seeking new exotic and beautiful places to discover, these destinations tend to grow, rising between the most desired places.

One of the main reasons that represents this “migration” to new destinations is the economic crisis and the recent dollar high [Brazilian economy perspective]: shopping tourism is one of the most affected one due to the American currency rate, as domestic trips and experience tourism have noted some improvement; according to CVC (Brazilian operator and agency), Miami fell from 4th to 9th position in 2016, regarding Brazilian visitors.

According to the operator, last year sales closed with 70% of domestic flights and 30% of international trips. Regardless this scenario, international packages sales increased 20%, in comparison with 2015, which proves that Brazilians still want to travel, as they are getting used to look for affordable destinations.

After listening to the main operators of the Brazilian Travel Trade, we listed eight main places that deserve better attention this year. Also, these destinations must be consolidated as the most visited ones all through 2017. The List: Cuba, Jericoacoara (Ceará / Brazil), São Miguel dos Milagres (Alagoas / Brazil), Canada, Cartagena (Colombia), Região do Conde (Paraíba / Brazil), Thailand and Anguilla.

ANGUILLA

This selected destination is an island in the Caribbean region: Anguilla, a British territory, is one of the main targets of Tereza Perez Tours (luxury tour operator) for 2017, and also a place with beautiful beaches and sunny weather the whole year. 

According to Tomas Perez, the island stands out for the excellent diversity of hotels, which was reinforced with the opening of the Four Seasons at the end of 2016, and is an ideal destination “for families and honeymoon couples, with activities and a great gastronomic scene. “

Author: Leonardo Ramos (Panrotas) | Translation: Interamerican Network

Outlet: Panrotas (Brazil)

Source: http://www.panrotas.com.br/noticia-turismo/destinos/2017/01/operadoras-indicam-os-destinos-que-surpreenderao-no-ano_143799.html

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Anacaona Boutique Hotel Reopens

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Anacaona Boutique Hotel Reopens as a Bed & Breakfast, Offering Same Great Service and Exceptional Value

Meads Bay, Anguilla, January 2017…..The Anacaona Boutique Hotel, one of Anguilla’s most popular and beloved establishments, is now offering an exceptional Bed & Breakfast experience, building on the property’s legendary reputation for personal service and warm Anguillian hospitality.

Starting January 23rd, 2017, Anacaona Boutique Hotel’s guests will enjoy a complimentary Full Breakfast included in their room rate. The transition to a B&B presents their guests with myriad opportunities to discover the island’s many and varied culinary experiences beyond the resort.

Nestled just off Meads Bay, Anacaona is located in the heart of West End, just a stone’s throw from some of Anguilla’s finest restaurants and popular beach bars. The property boasts a friendly and knowledgeable concierge who is happy to recommend and arrange meals, excursions, attractions and other experiences to guests vacationing at the resort.

“At the Anacaona Boutique Hotel, we believe in adding value to our guests’ stay, and the inclusion of our complimentary full breakfast achieves this objective,” said General Manager Delroy Lake. “Anguilla is often perceived as an expensive destination, and we pride ourselves on offering an affordable vacation option, with outstanding service and great amenities, representing excellent value for our guests.”

Anacaona Boutique Hotel is privately owned and caters to singles, couples and multi-generational families. Built in a Mediterranean style and situated in a lush garden setting with pathway to the beach, the property is comprised of twenty (20) standard/superior rooms, four (4) Junior Suites, two (2) Two bedroom Villa suites and one (1) Three Bedroom Villa Suite many with ocean views. 

All the rooms and suites have ceiling fans and air conditioning, private balconies),free Wi-Fi and Internet access, I-Pod docking stations, laptop-size safes, direct-dial telephones, mini-safes, small refrigerators, Melita-Java pod coffee/tea makers, cable TV with 71 channels, radio/alarm clocks, and bathrooms with showers, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers and locally crafted bathroom amenities.

Rates start at $310.00 in Winter and $200.00 in Summer and are commissionable to travel professionals.

For more information and reservations, visit www.anacaonahotel.com; email [email protected] or call 1-877-647-4737 or 1-264-584-6827.

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A New Generation of Luxury Hotels for Anguilla

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With a runway best suited to private jets, Anguilla mixes low-key luxury with some of the Caribbean’s best beaches. On a recent trip to this
island, I was able to see how newcomers Zemi Beach, Four Seasons and The Reef fare alongside the island’s established hotel stars.

Zemi Beach

The pool at Zemi Beach, Anguilla

The pool at Zemi Beach, Anguilla

A slick resort makes the most of a slightly awkward lozenge-shaped patch of land on the eastern
shore of Shoal Bay. Opened in March 2016, there’s an even split between hotel rooms and
residences. Overall, it’s making a firm stab at the family market, pitching a notch below the Four
Seasons when it comes to price. But there are with plenty of frills; two-bedroom suites have fully
equipped kitchens and their own plunge pools plus dreamy outdoor areas. The only thing that might put
off families – the surf can be quite strong by Anguillan standards. For winding down, the Rhum Bar
is devoted to the Caribbean’s staple drink; there are over 100 on offer. The food was notably good too;
Asian-influenced Stone provides fine dining in the evenings; 20 Knots by the pool is more relaxed and the fish tacos
were the meal highlight. The other standout? The spa. Created around a wooden house brought from Thailand, it stocks cult British
brands ila and Elemental Herbology and delivered the sort of serious-but-soothing massage you’d want but don’t always get in the Caribbean.

Four Seasons

A room at the Four Seasons, Anguilla

A room at the Four Seasons, Anguilla

Technically, this is more of a reinvention but in taking this project, Four Seasons are putting down a strong marker in a region they’ve
historically been hesitant of (the only other FS in the Caribbean is in St Nevis). Externally, it’s a good fit for the chain, a sculptural space,
serenely placed on Barnes Bay – and on an island that’s just 35 square miles, it feels extraordinarily spacious, with long walkways and 180 rooms
and suites.  Externally, little has changed from the building’s Viceroy days, but the interior decor has had a thorough overhaul. It’s now
softer and more thoughtful; its creams and browns aren’t a distraction from the myriad blues and greens of the Anguillan reefs outside, nor one of
Anguilla’s most spectacular infinity pools, on its own peninsula, with two choice beaches. The spa continues the spare-but-contemplative mood but
this is an active resort; tennis courts, a climbing wall and a full range of watersports. The food is generally good, but didn’t feel
particularly distinctive, especially when compared to Zemi or The Reef although I had rave reviews about the sushi from guests I met later in my trip.

The Reef

Beachview Villa at the Reef by CuisinArt

Beachview Villa at the Reef by CuisinArt

Owned by CuisinArt mogul Leandro Rizzuto, the Reef on Merrywing Bay has a stellar position looking towards the neighboring island of St Martin.
Like the original CuisinArt resort further down the beach, the restaurants of The Reef benefit enormously from Rizzuto’s belief in good
ingredients; head chef Jasper Schneider has access to the resort’s hydroponic garden; the only one on the island. His kitchen at Breezes also has
cheffy wishlist items such as a 900-degree pizza oven. There’s also the Yacht Club for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a catwalk-worthy main
swimming pool and a quietly green policy that allows it to supply 12 hours of solar power itself each day (the aim is to be fully self-
sufficient). To be honest, the only caveat is the strange design of the main building. Although they’re spacious and gadget-filled, none of its 50
rooms have balconies or windows that open. Much better to opt for Superior Beachfront rooms and above, where there’s an accent on indoor/outdoor
living in low rise villas by the beach. The Reef backs onto Anguilla’s only golf course and some seriously good restaurants that are also part of
the CuisinArt portfolio.

Manoah

Think of this as the one that got away; It opened too late for me to do anything but gaze from the outside but decor-wise, it’s essentially been
pared down to just two colours, white and a searing blue to blend in with the swimming pool. meaning there’s little to distract you from the milky
white sand – some of the Caribbean’s best – and the sea. A beachfront restaurant will the gamut from sushi to burgers but relaxation is the main
ingredient here.

Original Article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahturner/2016/12/13/a-new-generation-of-luxury-hotels-for-anguilla/#368821016324

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Zika Talking Points

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  • Since the first reported cases in the Caribbean more than a year ago, there have to date been only seven (7) confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Anguilla.
  • This low number is due in large measure to the great precautions undertaken by both the private and the public sectors in implementing mosquito control measures according to the  guidelines laid out by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • The Anguillian government continues to be proactive in eliminating mosquito breeding sites, with another round of fogging scheduled to take place in advance of the winter season.
  • Hoteliers and villa owners are also going to great lengths to remove standing water, conduct thorough and frequent inspections, and provide guests with mosquito repellant and information to ensure a safe and pleasurable stay in Anguilla. 
  • Anguilla’s tourism industry is also working with their counterparts in the region and in the USA,  e.g.  in Florida which has also been adversely affected by the Zika virus, in seeking and sharing information, and implementing  best practices for vector control.
  • In November 2016 The World Health Organization concluded that Zika no longer presents a public health emergency of international concern.  Nevertheless controlling the spread of the virus remains a national priority for Anguilla’s Ministry of Health.
  • We encourage all our visitors to always take a preventative stance and in this case, prevention includes:
  • Using an insect repellant for insect bites year round.  The hotel has implemented preventative measures and will include mosquito repellant in rooms.
  • Wearing cool, long-sleeved shirts and pants where possible.
  • The Anguillian government and all tourism stakeholders continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis, and will keep guests apprised of any changes in our status.
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Anguilla Tourism Week 2016

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Week-long workshops and programs on tourism.

See below for this year’s itinerary.

tourism-week-programme-2016

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Livin In The Sun: Music Festival

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LITS: Music Festival

ESCAPE, DANCE, FREE YOURSELF!

Contact

Simone Connor, Restaurant & Events Manager

Sandy Island Enterprises

Email: [email protected]

Website: livininthesun.com

O: 264-497-6534   C: 264-476-6534

lits poster

The Festival

“Livin In The Sun” is a peerless and revolutionary music festival which brings the world’s best deejays together on the world’s best beaches in Anguilla, British Caribbean.  Global music, top notch food and beverage service, live art and water sports dovetail to create the ultimate music festival experience in a most ideal setting. It is a sensory journey; an audio, visual and culinary feast.

The Destination

Anguilla is a warm and welcoming island destination tucked away in the northern Caribbean.  It is the vacation destination of choice for high profile and high net worth individuals who seek off the beaten path experiences. The island boasts 33 unrivaled white beaches, top class accommodations and is considered by many to be the culinary capital of the world. It will now play host to the sexiest music festival in the world.

The Music

Only the world’s best deejays are invited; those who demonstrate an uncanny ability to fuse world beats into music that seem to drift on the waves of the ocean and the mind. It’s all about the sounds: the music, the birds, the wind, the waves, the life… Livin In The Sun.

Confirmed Artists

  • Walshy Fire (Major Lazer, MIAMI)
  • Super Nova (Defected, ITALY)
  • Nathan Barato (Music On, Defected, TORONTO)
  • Nadeeah Eshe & Montana (Spirits in Motion, NYC)
  • Kristel Morin (Tribe Records, UK/AUSTRALIA)
  • DJ Krave (TYBU Prod, NYC)
    Brother’s Grim (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • Jimmy Sax (FRANCE)
  • Patrice Nero (ST. BARTH)
  • OutKast (ST MAARTEN)
  • Sugar (ANGUILLA)
  • Yooshe (ANGUILLA)
  • Sparta (ANGUILLA)

 

Festival Dates

Friday November 11, 2016 to Sunday November 13, 2016

Event Schedule & Ticket Cost

  1. Friday Evening: “Helios” 5:30-9:30pm (event location and ticket costs TBD)
  2. Friday Night:  “Light up the Night” @ Anguilla Great House 10pm – 4am ($50 tkts)
  3. Saturday: “World Wide Love”@ Sandy Island, 10am – 4pm ($200 all inclusive)
  4. Saturday Night: “MoonShine” @ The Dune 10pm – 4am ($50 tkts)
  5. Sunday:  “Marooned” @ Sandy Island, 10am – 4pm ($200 all inclusive)
  6. Sunday Night:  “Sun Rise” @ Nats Place/Junks Hole, 12am – 6am ($50 tkts)

 

Venues

Sandy Island

A tiny spit of sand in the middle of the ocean accessible only by boat or helicopter, ranked #1 Secret Caribbean Beach Bar, Caribbean Journal,   #1 beach bar in the Caribbean, Yahoo Travel, “the most romantic date spot ever” by viewers of The Bachelor.

The Anguilla Great House

An  “oh-so-casually chic West Indian hotel situated smack in the middle of Anguilla’s best beach, Rendezvous Bay” with an amazing palm tree grove fringed by a beautiful white sand beach.

The Dune Preserve

Voted the #1 Beach Bar in the World by CNN and described as a “meandering tree house fit for a pirate”.

Nat’s Place/Junks Hole

A rustic retreat on beautiful Savannah Bay aka Junks Hole which is the most easterly beach on Anguilla boasting pink speckled sand and the most amazing sunrise up and out of the ocean.

Accommodations

Livin in the Sun packages are currently being offered by the following participating hotels:

Zemi Beach House: $295 per night plus taxes

CeBlue: $350 per night plus taxes

Paradise Cove: $170 – $290 per night plus taxes

Anguilla Great House: $150 per night plus taxes

The Pavilion Inn: $100 per night plus taxes

Visit livininthesun.com for more info.

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Anguilla’s Legendary MOONSPLASH Music Festival Rocks the Island April 21 – 24, 2016

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The Valley, Anguilla, March 15, 2016

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Anguilla, now is the time. And for music lovers or those seeking a fun-filled getaway, this is the ultimate vacation.

Moonsplash, one of the Caribbean’s best and liveliest music festivals, kicks off on Anguilla’s gorgeous Rendezvous Bay beach from April 21 – 24, 2016. Now in its 26th year, the festival was founded and is still hosted annually by Anguilla’s own Bankie Banx, known as “the Anguillian Bob Dylan,” whose music style combines reggae, folk, R&B and jazz, and who has actually toured with Bob Dylan.

The festival brings together internationally-acclaimed and up and coming recording artists from across the globe for four days of spectacular entertainment — a music-filled beach party, outdoors, at night, under the full moon and stars. In past years, the festival has welcomed musicians such as Chronixx, Torrance Riley, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, Rita Marley, and Toots & The Maytals.  Surprise guests such as John Mayer, Jimmy Buffet, the Bacon Brothers and Nas to name just a few, also make regular appearances at Moonsplash. It takes place at Bankie’s Dune Preserve on beautiful Rendezvous Bay, a sweep of soft white sand and breathtaking views. Each night, this magical festival begins anew.

Special packages are available to this year’s Moonsplash.

Anacaona Boutique Hotel,
Valid for dates April 20th – 26th, 2016
4 Nights Accommodation for two with breakfast daily
Inclusive of all taxes.
Rates start from US$800.00 based on double occupancy
Tel:(264) 497-6827; Fax: (264) 497-6872
Email: [email protected] Website: www.anacaonahotel.com

Viceroy Anguilla
Valid for dates April 21 – 24
Special nightly rate of $400 per room
Book your room online at www.viceroyanguilla.com ; in the reservation section be sure to enter code “splash” to receive special rate

Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa
Valid for dates April 21 – 24
Special nightly rate of $400 per room
Taxes 10% and service charge 10% apply, Government marketing levy $3 per person per night.
Tel: (264)584-0001
Email: [email protected] with code “MOONSPLASH” to receive the special nightly rate

But Anguilla is not just about the music. The island boasts 33 stunning, powder soft, white sand beaches and the most beautiful turquoise water. There are many options for water sports or you may just want to relax at the water’s edge and feel yourself a world away. Accommodations range from ultra-luxury villas to beautiful resorts, Charming Escapes hotels and guest houses, there is truly something for everyone. And when it comes to culinary experiences, Anguilla is second to none. There are over 120 restaurants on the island, everything from exquisite fine dining to beach shacks to food vans and roadside barbecues.

Just a flight from your nearest gateway to San Juan or St. Maarten, and a short flight or ferry transfer to Anguilla, the festival and a memorable getaway await you.
For more information on planning your Anguilla vacation, visit ivisitanguilla.com, call 844-MY ANGUILLA or email [email protected].

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Anguilla’s Literary Festival

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COME CELEBRATE ANGUILLA’S LIT FEST

GET READY FOR THE 5th ANNUAL ANGUILLA LIT FEST: A LITERARY JOLLIFICATION

Anguilla’s unique literary festival appeals to readers, writers and thinkers

Visit www.AnguillaLitFest.com for the most up-to-date schedule and list of participants

THE VALLEY, Anguilla – March 24, 2016 – Anguilla is set to host the fifth annual Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification at the Paradise Cove Resort from May 19-22, 2016.  This year’s distinguished panel of authors includes:

  • Kate White — award-winning author and former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, (So Pretty it Hurts The Sixes, Eyes on You)
  • Christina Baker-Kline — award-winning, best-selling author, lecturer and philanthropist (Orphan Train, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, Desire Lines)
  • Valerie Wesley Wilson — world-renowned, best-selling author (Playing My Mother’s Blues, Always True to You in My Fashion, Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, When Death Comes Stealing)
  • Alafair Burke — award-winning, best-selling author, professor (THE EX, Under Suspicion)
  • Jason Reynolds — poet, author and motivational speaker (When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys)
  • Naomi Jackson — award-winning debut author from the island of Barbados (The Star Side of Bird Hill)
  • Krista Bremer — award-winning author and associate publisher of The Sun magazine (A Tender Struggle)
  • Colin Channer — celebrated award-winning author, professor of creative writing, and co-founder of the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica (The Girl with the Golden Shoes, Iron Balloons, Waiting in Vain)
  • Montague Kobbé — award-winning author (The Night of the Rambler, Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges, On the Way Back)
  • Yona Deshommes — senior publicity manager of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster (her current and upcoming projects include Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, Infinite Words by Zane, I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson)
  • Fabian Adekunle Badejo — award-winning author, philanthropist, media host, social activist (Claude – A Portrait of Power, Salted Tongues  – Modern Literature in St. Martin, St. Martin Massive! A Snapshot on Popular Artists)

The Pride of Anguilla writers and poets include:

  • Don Mitchell — author, lecturer, Anguilla historian
  • Timothy Hodge — debut author, playwright
  • Alexis Gumbs — author, poet
  • Patricia Adams — Department of Youth and Culture endorsed author
  • Cassilda Thomas Carty — Department of Youth and Culture endorsed author
  • Fiona Wilkerson — debut poet
  • Chris Richardson — debut author

This year’s event will also celebrate the winners of the 2016 Malliouhana Poetry Competition, under the theme Revolution Tomorrow: Rumblings, Perceptions, Aspirations, which is coordinated by the University of the West Indies Open Campus Anguilla, Anguilla Community College, Anguilla Library Service and the Department of Youth and Culture; the performance poets of The Anguilla Under Ground, a satellite event of the Anguilla Lit Fest;  as well as  presentations and book launches of Anguillian authors, playwrights and poets  as part of a literary arts initiative of the island’s Department of Youth and Culture.  A selection of books of the featured guest authors, poets and publishers will be available for purchase on site from The Anguilla Lit Fest Book Table, which is coordinated by the Anguilla Library Service.

The Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification pays homage to Anguilla’s literary heritage and offers yet another great reason for visitors to come to the island during the early summer period for the event. A registration fee of US$150.00 includes a welcome cocktail party, breakfast and lunch presentations, special sessions with the authors and fun-filled evening soirees. The program includes a free day on Sunday to ensure that participants will have the opportunity to experience the best of all Anguilla has to offer. As in previous years, arrangements are being made for a cross- section of students from the Primary Schools to interact with the visiting authors, and for students from the Secondary School to attend the presentation of the event headliner as specially invited guests. The program also includes a special session for children and young writers on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21st.

Residents of Anguilla will pay a special price of US$100.00 for participation in Lit Fest 2016, subject to presentation of proof of residency.  A special offer of US$50.00 per day will also be extended to those persons registering for either day of the event before May 12th, 2016.  After May 12th, one day registration reverts to US$85.00 per day.  Registration is available online and tickets can be purchased at the Anguilla Tourist Board and the Anguilla Public Library.

The name of the festival speaks to a very important facet of Anguilla’s cultural heritage–The Jollification. Rhona Richardson-Roydon, a member of the Anguilla Community Foundation, explains the concept of the Jollification as “a getting together of people to share and help neighbors.” This was done through the plowing and planting of ground (fields), all against the backdrop of men working together, women cooking, and children playing, while the work was carried out free of cost with much laughter, singing and “jollification.” Noted economist, historian, author and playwright, Marcel Fahie writes that through the Jollification, “We helped each other with the construction of our homes. Mutual aid and assistance in the form of free labor was also employed to build community facilities, access roads to and from isolated parts of villages, church buildings, community halls and playing fields. The spirit and elements of the jollification survive to this day in various forms. Most notable is the contribution of our time and effort to furthering the programs of our religious and charitable organizations.”

“The Government of Anguilla is pleased to endorse this important event in our island’s calendar,” says Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sports, Mr. Cardigan Connor.  “We recognize the value of promoting the development of the literary arts for our people, and especially our young people, who need to be encouraged to channel their youthful energies in more creative ways.  We are committed to being a part of an event that appeals not only to our residents but also to visitors in search of authentic island experiences, while at the same time enabling the preservation, celebration and enhancement of our literary heritage as a people.”    

Special vacation packages for the event are being offered by a number of Anguilla’s leading accommodation establishments, including the host hotel, Paradise Cove Resort.


Paradise Cove

Valid for dates May 17 – 24, 2016
4 Nights Accommodation for 2 persons with full breakfast daily
Includes all applicable service charges and levies
Rates start from US$900.00
Tel. No. 264-497-6603/6957/6959
Fax No. 264-497-6927

E mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.paradisecoveanguilla.com


CuisinArt Golf & Spa Resort

Valid for dates May 17 – 24, 2016
Special nightly rate of $325.00 per room, Continental Breakfast included, complimentary WIFI, plus 20% Tax/Service Charge and $3 per adult per night marketing levy.
Tel: 800-943-3210

Website:  http://www.cuisinartresort.com


Flights can be arranged on American Airlines, Jet Blue, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Continental Airways through San Juan, Puerto Rico, connecting directly to Anguilla with Seaborne Airlines, or through St. Maarten with onward connecting flights or ferry into Anguilla; as well as on regional carrier LIAT (www.liat.com).  Travel from the Caribbean can also be done through Winair (www.fly-winair.com).

For more information on the Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification or to register for this year’s event, go to www.anguillalitfest.com or www.paradisecoveanguilla.com or call 1 264 497 6603.  You may also engage with the Lit Fest community on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/anguillalitfest) and Twitter.


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Anguilla’s Festival Del Mar 2016

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Anguilla’s Festival Del Mar, The Caribbean’s Best Seafood Festival

Scheduled for March 26 – 27, 2016

 

The Valley, Anguilla, February 16, 2016 – If you’re a seafood lover, you’re certainly not alone. Fish and shellfish pulled fresh from the sea is what the Caribbean is known for and what draws visitors from around the world. Anguilla offers the very best seafood in the region and puts these culinary delights on display at its annual Festival Del Mar, to be held on Easter Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, 2016.

Festival Del Mar commemorates Anguilla’s seafaring heritage and celebrates all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour, which is located on the eastern tip of the island. This little fishing village has remained largely untouched by tourism and still maintains its local vibe, with colorful boats bobbing in the blue harbor and a fishing pier jutting out to catch schooners and fishing boats, much as it was in the early 1900s.

Sponsored jointly by the community of Island Harbour, the Anguilla Tourist Board and the Ministry of Youth & Culture, Festival Del Mar serves a dual purpose, providing the Anguillian people with the opportunity to celebrate their rich history and offering visitors a window into Anguilla’s unique cultural traditions.

Traditional cooking and culinary competitions, deep sea fishing competitions, swimming races, volley ball exhibitions and crab races are all “on the menu” for this fun-filled celebration, along with two days of live music and boat racing, the island’s national pastime. Local lobster features prominently, as do crab, crayfish, octopus (sea cat), fried fish, and grilled fish of many varieties.

The atmosphere is relaxed and visitors are invited to wear their swimsuits in case they want to take a dip in the sea. There are also plenty of tented areas for lounging out of the sun, and domino games are played throughout the afternoons.

Festival Del Mar is an idyllic way to spend the Easter weekend with friends and family. For more information, visit ivisitanguilla.com, or call 1-264-497-2759 .

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