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ANNOUNCING THE 2ND ANNUAL ANGUILLA LIT FEST: A LITERARY JOLLIFICATION
The best and brightest literary event in the Caribbean May 23-26
THE VALLEY, Anguilla – April 16, 2013 – The tropical Caribbean island paradise of Anguilla will host the second annual Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification from May 23-26, under the distinguished patronage of Nikki Giovanni, poet and award-winning author. Joining Giovanni to headline Lit Fest 2013 will be: author Edwidge Danticat of Haiti/Miami; author and Executive VP of Simon and Schuster/Atria Books, Judith Curr; author and MSNBC host, Toure; author and lecturer Gillian Royes of Jamaica/St. Croix and Marcel Fahie, Anguillian historian, playwright and author.
Completing this distinguished panel of authors and publishers will be: Amy Berkower, publisher/CEO, Writers’ House; Virginia Fowler, author/professor; Gillian Royes, author; Bob Shacochis, author/travel writer; Lasana Sekou, author/poet publisher, House of Nehesi, of St Maarten; Amanda Steadman, author/lifecoach of USA/St Martin; Sarah Weiss, associate editor, Grand Central/Hachette; Dan Weiss, publisher-at-large, St. Martin Press. Also ANGUILLIAN AUTHORS, Rita Celestine-Carty, author/educator; David Carty, poet/author/playwright; Denise Crawford, Self-published author; Vanessa Croft-Thompson, poet; Hyacinth Hughes – poet/winner of the Malliouhana Award 2012; Catrina Llewellyn-Jones, Self-Published author; Jo-Anne Mason, author/illustrator; and Timmy Webster, poet.
The Anguilla Lit Fest 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 three day 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 to ensure that participants will have the opportunity to experience the best of all Anguilla has to offer. Last year, arrangements were 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. This year, not only will these two events be repeated for the children of Anguilla, but the organizers have also added a special session for children and young writers on the afternoon of Saturday 25th May.
The name of the festival speaks to a very important facet of Anguilla’s cultural heritage–The Jollification. Rhona Richardson, 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.”
Speaking about the organization of the Literary Festival, Director of Tourism Candis Niles notes, “Last year’s event was absolutely wonderful. The ambience, the caliber of presenters, the interaction between successful authors and literary hopefuls, the creative energy and excitement was tangible, and many of the participants left the Festival with a renewed sense of commitment to their gift of self-expression. Now we are about to do it all over again! The Anguilla Lit Fest would not have been possible without the jollification approach,” adds Mrs. Niles. “For the support of our partners, sponsors, and the community, the Anguilla Lit Fest Committee and the Anguilla Tourist Board extend our thanks and appreciation.”
Special packages for the event are being offered by Anguilla’s leading accommodation establishments, including the host hotel, Paradise Cove Resort and sponsor hotel Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, Cap Juluca Resort, Shoal Bay Villas, Little Butterfly Villa, Bird of Paradise Villa, Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Anguilla Great House Beach Resort and Nathan’s Cove.
Flights can be arranged on American Airlines, Jet Blue, USAirways, United Airlines and Continental Airways through San Juan, Puerto Rico or St. Martin with onward connecting flights or ferry into Anguilla; or on regional carrier LIAT which is offering special flights to the island just for the event (www.liat.com) Travel from the Caribbean can also be done through Winair.
To register, visit http://ivisitanguilla.com/register or call 786-235-1310 or 264-497-2759.Posted in Home Page Featured News, Press | Leave a comment
The Anguilla Lit Fest Committee is pleased to announce that visitors from the Caribbean who normally require a visa may be granted a visa waiver to permit entry into the island to attend the Lit Fest. Simply contact the Immigration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a request for permission to enter without visa, along with a copy of your passport details, flight information and place of stay while on the island. Address your request to Ms Laureen Bryan, Chief Immigration Officer.
Anguilla Lit Fest Program Schedule: http://ivisitanguilla.com/anguilla-lit-fest-program-schedule/
You can register as well as pay for your Anguilla Lit Fest passes online http://ivisitanguilla.com/register
The Anguilla Tourist Board would like to thank all the Anguilla aficionados who so graciously accepted our invitation to share with us their reasons why they should be selected to win a VIP trip to Anguilla for Moonsplash 2013. The responses received were incredible, and it was very difficult to choose a winner. After all the scripts were read, our lucky winner is….(drum roll)
Ms Michelle Stripling!!!
Congratulations, Michelle, and thanks again to all of our participants.
With best wishes,
The Anguilla Tourist Board team.
The most unique Reggae Festival in the Caribbean takes place each year under the first full moon in February 2013. Moonsplash, which is the brain-child of internationally-acclaimed recording artiste, Bankie Banx, brings together celebrated artistes and specially selected headline acts from around the Caribbean and beyond for four exciting, fun-filled evenings of cool classic Caribbean reggae rhythms set against the backdrop of stunning Rendezvous Bay – by moonlight!
“Moonsplash is simple, with intimate performances in a natural setting,” comments founder, Bankie Banx. “We don’t pick any particular genre – there’s folk, blues, reggae, some soul – just good music. It’s a magical thing”.
Moonsplash was originally conceptualized as a roving music festival. The first Moonsplash was held at Sandy Island, now a popular hotspot for those in search of the great romantic beach getaway. Then it evolved into a regional festival, with a performance held each night first in Anguilla, then St Maarten, and finally in St Barths. Eventually, the Dune Preserve became the official home of the Festival in 1995. Crafted from driftwood, retired racing boats and seashells, the funky eclectic style of the Dune ambiance plays a large part in the success of Moonsplash.
Featuring the likes of Moonsplash All-stars, Cat Coore, Benjy Myaz, Omari Banks and Junior Jazz, plus many other favourites, The Moonsplash Music Festival kicks off with a day of fun on the beach on Thursday February 21, with the official Festival Launch party later that evening at 8:30 p.m. Daytime activities continue throughout the three day period, while the nights belong to the headline performances. Friday night is International Nite, while Saturday is dubbed Legend’s Nite. The Festival wraps up on Sunday February 24 with the Dune Festival – a day of fun, frolic, great food and great music at Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve on stunning Rendezvous Bay. A noteworthy new addition to the Festival is the Kidz-Splash – a special matinee performance for the children which takes place on Thursday afternoon.
Moonsplash 2013, in Alluring Anguilla!
Win a VIP all-expense-paid vacation in Anguilla.
Wanting to visit Anguilla and enjoy the most unique Reggae Festival in the Caribbean?
This is your chance to win a VIP all-expense-paid vacation in Anguilla for 2, plus VIP passes to Moonslpash 2013!
To be apart of the 2013 Moonsplash Music Festival, fill out the form below to let us know why you should be selected to win.
Rules and Redemption
Participants are only allowed one entry. You are required to submit an entry of 100 words (minimum) to 150 words (maximum), sharing the reasons why you should be selected as the winner.
There will be one vacation stay, for 2 that includes;
Airline tickets (round-trip); airline preference to be decided in consultation with the Anguilla Tourist Board.
Hotel accommodations; to be confirmed by the Anguilla Tourist Board
Transfers to/from Anguilla via St. Maarten; Princess Juliana International Airport
Meals (where applicable)
VIP passes for 2 for Moonsplash event
There will be 1 drawing to take place on January 30th,2013
Prizes & Redemption
The winner will receive a gift certificate for prize redemption from the Anguilla Tourist Board, which is only valid for use for the promotional offer (Moonsplash 2013; from 21st – 25th February, 2013)
The winner would be responsible for providing accurate details of names of individuals and preferred gateway for travel.
Restrictions and blackout dates apply. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and non-transferrable.
Prizes are for airline tickets, accommodations, transfers, ground transportation and meals, applicable for 2 only, and do not include other luxuries or services.
Individual restrictions from sponsoring properties may also apply.
Prize is valid only for gateway offer.
Participants that have won a prize from the Anguilla Tourist Board 60 days prior to the drawing will not be eligible. Immediate family members and employees of the Anguilla Tourist Board are not eligible. The contest is open to the international traveling community. The contest is open to the public and trade.
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ANNOUNCING “THE EVENT” : AN EXCLUSIVE GOLF & HOLIDAY CHALLENGE
CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA, ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES
Golfitaliano, in collaboration with CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and the Anguilla Tourist Board is pleased to announce the inaugural Golf & Holiday Challenge on the beautiful island of Anguilla in the Caribbean from January 19th to 26th, 2013..
Auspiciously entitled THE EVENT, the week-long tournament will be promoted across social networks to bring together 100 golfers who have been carefully selected from countries across Europe for an exclusive golfing experience with a difference .
Founder of the tournament, Mr Donato Ala notes, “The idea for THE EVENT was born out of a press trip that was organized for me by the Anguilla Tourist Board’s representative in Italy, Mr Stefano de Paoli. The island was so beautiful, and the perfect fit for this event which I believed should be very exclusive. The idea is that THE EVENT will not just be a championship golf tournament, nor will it be just a holiday. Activities for every day will be completely customized. From excursions and days devoted to the
Spa and culinary classes for non-players, to parties in the best clubs, and exclusive dinners in the four restaurants at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa; to the possibility of
nautical activities never experienced before, including boating, sailing and deep sea fishing for the most adventurous, the intention is to create a memorable vacation experience set against the backdrop of one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious Golf Resorts.”
General Manager, Mr Stephane Zaharia and Marcella Giamundo, market representative for Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa in Italy expressed their pleasure in being a part of the planning process for THE EVENT, working with Mr Ala and the Cuisinart Resort Management team on island to create a “tailor made”, program with special attention to detail, yet leaving enough free time to allow the participants to be able to “isolate themselves” and enjoy the island at their leisure.
ABOUT CUISINART RESORT & SPA
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is located on the tranquil island of Anguilla, the most
northerly of the Eastern Caribbeanʼs Leeward Islands.
Nestled in the crescent curve of Rendezvous Bay, this intimate and casually
sophisticated beachfront resort celebrates the ultimate Caribbean escape. With a
choice of 99 luxurious suites and villas, guests are enticed by the magnificent
beach, fine dining at the Resortʼs acclaimed restaurants, and culinary activities
including cooking classes and wine tastings.
Relaxation and rejuvenation abound at the award-winning Venus Spa featuring
Aquatherapy, and a thrilling challenge awaits golfers at the Resortʼs stunning 18
Hole Greg Norman Championship Course. The infrastructure of the Resort is
state-of-the-art. The Resort is the first on Anguilla to offer its guests clean air recirculation systems in the rooms and a sprinkler/fire alarm system. It is also the
first island resort built with the most stringent hurricane safety codes as set forth
by Dade County, Florida (Code D, highest hurricane resistant rating).
ABOUT THE CUISINART RESORT GOLF COURSE
The Cuisinart Golf Resort offers an unparalleled golfing experience. The Greg Norman Signature. 18 Hole Championship Course offers incredible vistas and challenging greens. Players are greeted by the spectacular views of St. Martin and the Caribbean Sea at the tee box of the 384-Yard starting hole. The breath-taking visual appeal continues with holes two and ten sharing a 16.000 square foot green that overlooks the Anguilla Channel. Large Sea grape trees on the left and the Merrywing pond on
the right frame the perilous drive on the 423-yard 16th hole that plays into the
trade winds and finishes with an elevated green surrounded by water and
protected by deep bunkers. The narrowing fairway on the 18th hole ascends forty
feet through rugged terrain to a narrow green carved out of the native plantings.
AMV MEDIA ITALY
Warm and welcoming, tranquil and serene, small and secluded – this is Anguilla: the most northerly of the Leeward
Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Circled by miles of pristine white sand beaches and washed by azure-blue crystalline
waters, Anguilla has earned a reputation as the home of some of the best beaches on the planet. Visitors can
indulge in the pleasures of pure relaxation, or experience the romance of an intimate sunset stroll. For the more
energetic there is horseback riding, tennis, cycling, sailing and golf, while Anguilla’s world-class spa facilities beckon
you to rejuvenate the spirit and reawaken the senses.
Anguilla’s accommodations are an integral part of your vacation experience. From signature 5-star resorts to ultra-
luxurious villas and the distinctive personal boutique experience of the “Charming Escapes” properties, Anguilla
offers a range of accommodations that is accessible to all.
With more than 100 restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual elegance; Road side Barbeques to Beach front
bistros, our talented chefs have created a fusion of flavours from around the world that is uniquely Anguillian,
Anguilla awaits your personal celebration. Join us for the Anguilla Experience: Tranquility Wrapped in Blue. It’s the
vacation your soul has been waiting for.
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