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Anguilla Lit Fest 2014 May 22-24 2014 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
Anguilla’s Literary Festival Accommodations Packages: http://ivisitanguilla.com/anguillas-literary-festival-accommodations-packages/Events, What Is Happening | Leave a comment
March 13-16 2014
Reggae meets moonlight on gorgeous Rendezvous bay, Anguilla Continue reading →
Anguilla kicks off its annual Summer Festival early this year with pre-carnival activities beginning as early as July 26, extending the calendar of festivities to three weeks of fun. This year’s festival officially takes place August 1-11, under the theme, “Participate, fete, mass and spree, Anguilla Summer Festival 4 ALL ah we.” Continue reading →Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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ANGUILLA GOES FROM LAIDBACK TO LIVELY WITH ANGUILLA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2013
Revelers from the Caribbean and beyond to celebrate Anguilla’s carnival August 1-11
ANGUILLA, B.W.I. – July 18, 2013 – The Caribbean island of Anguilla kicks off its annual Summer Festival early this year with pre-carnival activities beginning as early as July 26, extending the calendar of festivities to three weeks of fun. This year’s festival officially takes place August 1-11, under the theme, “Participate, fete, mass and spree, Anguilla Summer Festival 4 ALL ah we.” Continue reading →Posted in What Is Happening | Leave a comment
Anguilla Lit Fest
“A Literary Jollification”
May 22 – 25, 2014
Host Hotel: Paradise Cove Resort
Sponsor Hotel: Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa
*Itinerary is subject to change
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|(Delegates and patrons begin arriving throughout the day. Hotel check-in; registration
at Host hotel, Paradise Cove Resort.)
|6:30 – 8:00 pm||Welcome Cocktail Reception for all delegates and invited guests at Paradise Cove Resort.|
Friday, May 23, 2014
|8:00 am||Breakfast and Late Registration at Paradise Cove|
|8:45-9:45 am||Rise & Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove.|
|Featured Speakers:||Felix Fleming, Author, Poet and Playwright
Amethyst Davis, The reigning Miss Anguilla 2013/2014
Kay Ferguson, Lit-Fest inspired Writer and Social Commentator
Rev. Dr. Wycherley Gumbs, Author, Playwright and Poet
Panel Discussion- Topic: Writing is Just the Beginning: And then what?
|Panelists:||Johanna Ingalls, Managing Editor, Akashic
Yona Deshommes, Senior Publicity Manager of Atria Books/Simon& Shuster
David Daley, Editor-in-chief, Salon.com
|12-1:30pm||Maverick Luncheon Presentation- Topic: A Conversation with Mr Williams – One-on-One with Richard Williams.Author of Black and White: The Way I See It and Father of tennis greats, Venus and Serena Williams|
|Moderator:||Mr Mitch Lake, Founder of the Anguilla Tennis Academy|
|Special Guests:||The Students and Teachers of the ALHCS|
|1:45-3:15pm||Panel Discussion- Topic: Voices from the Page|
|Panelists:||Colville Petty, Noted Historian
Montague Kobbe, Author (Night of the Rambler
Lauren Francis Sharma Author (Till the Well Runs Dry)
A-dZiko Simba, Performance Poet, Jamaica
Opportunity to ask questions, mix and mingle with the authors and get those books autographed!
|7:30pm||A Celebration of the Anguilla Arts.
Venue: Blue Restaurant at Cap Juluca Resort. Sponsored by Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Association and Cap Juluca Resort.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
|8:00 am||Breakfast at Paradise Cove Resort|
|8:45-9:45 am||Rise & Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove- Topic: Revelations|
|Featured Speakers:||Rochelle Ward, Poet, House of Nehesi Publishers (St. Martin)
Hyacinth Hughes – Poet, Winner, Malliouhana Award 2012, Anguilla
Ras Takura – Performance Poet, Jamaica
Dr. M. Linda Banks – Winner, BBC Poetry Competition, The Underground Poetry Movement
Timmie Webster – Performance Poet, Anguilla
|10-11:45am||Master Class- Topic: Glorious – Expressions from the Soul|
|Keynote Speaker:||Bernice McFadden Award-winning Author from
Brooklyn, New York (Gathering of Waters
(2012), Nowhere is a Place (2013)
|12-1:30pm||Topic: Expression of Self: Becoming the Author you Want to Be|
|Keynote Speaker:||Bob Shacochis, National Book Award Winner; Nominee for Pulitzer Prize 2014|
|1:45-3:15 pm||Panel Discussion: Writing : The man and His Essence|
|Moderator:||Felix Fleming, Author, Poet and Playwright|
|Panelists:||Edward Lewis, Author, Philanthropist and co-founder and publisher Emeritus of Essence
Magazine (Man from Essence)
Audrey Edwards, Award-winning
journalist, Author and Former Editor of Essence magazine
|1:45-3:15 pm||Panel Discussion: Writing for Young Readers|
|Moderator:||Trudy Nixon (Kemarley
of Anguilla), Anguilla Children Book
|Panelists:||Renukah Harrigan, (Kemarley
of Anguilla), Anguilla Children Book
Hyacinth Hughes, Poet, Winner, Malliouhana Award 2012, Anguilla
A-dZiko Simba Performance Poet, Jamaica
|7:00||Voices of our Nation: In Honour of The Holy Piby: A Celebration of the Work of Robert Athyli Rogers at La Vue Conference Centre|
|Moderator:||Marcel Fahie, Noted economist, historian, author and playwright|
|Keynote Speaker:||Ijahnya Christian Anguillian poet, author and cultural biographer of the Athlyi Rogers Study Centre in Ethiopia.|
|9 pm-Onward||Experience Anguilla After Dark (Optional)|
Sunday, May 25, 2013
|8:00 am||Breakfast at Host Property|
|9:00 am – 12:00 noon||Opportunity to craft your personal Anguilla Experience: Spa, Arts, Shopping, Golf, Tennis, Island Tour (sign-up for optional packages – additional costs apply)|
|12:15 pm||Transfer to Sandy Ground
-Lunch @ Johnno’s Beach Stop featuring Live Jazz
-OR Sandy Island, a quintessential Robinson Crusoe-like offshore cay
(Sign-up for optional packages; additional costs apply)
|4:30 pm||Return to host hotels. Afternoon and evening at leisure|
|7:00 pm||Evening with The Underground, a poetry club hosting their second annual poetry night at Darvins’ Place, The Overlook, Back Street. Cost $10us|
Monday, May 26, 2014
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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 Press | Leave a comment
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.