Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015 - Press Release

For Immediate Release!

Virgin Islanders United’s Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015: Red, White & Boom! Features Classic Calypso & Today’s Hit Soca & Reggae Music.

 

St. Thomas – Caribbean Cultural Fest. 2015 presented by Virgin Islanders United, Inc., is ready to show Labor Day Carnival in New York why the “V.I. is so Nice…,” and deliver the flavor of the V.I. to fans in New York City at this free, popular, outdoor Caribbean music concert.  The event takes place on Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Jackie Robinson Park (85 Bradhurst Ave., W. 146th St.), in Harlem, New York City.  The festival will be broadcast “live” to the U.S. Virgin Islands on WSTA radio (1340 a.m.), and to the world @ www.wsta.com.  Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015 is sponsored by: The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, The West Indian Company, Ltd., V.I. Oncology & Hematology Center, The Virgin Islands Daily News, WSTA Radio -1340 a.m., and Virgin Islanders United, Inc.

 

“Caribbean Cultural Fest continues to be a diverse showcase of Caribbean music and culture,” says Janet Parris, President of Virgin Islanders United, Inc. “Our theme this year, Red, White, & Boom is a special one, as it pays homage and recognition to the many distinguished Virgin Islanders and Caribbean Nationals who have served in America’s armed forces.  We want all of our distinguished Caribbean service men, women and their families along with all others to come out with their respective Caribbean flags prepared to enjoy a high energy musical event.”

 

Caribbean Cultural Fest. is the signature event of Virgin Islanders United, Inc., a New York based civic organization founded in 1999.  In addition to being a crowd pleasing music concert, this event also features a vendor’s plaza featuring authentic Caribbean food, beverages, and other wares.  This festival has become a major fixture within the Caribbean community in NYC, and attracts upwards of 6,000+ attendees annually.   As such, the festival enjoys notoriety as one of the few Caribbean events taking place outside of the borough of Brooklyn during the popular West Indian-American Day Parade weekend.  Caribbean Cultural Fest is a dynamic showcase of soca, calypso, and reggae acts from the entire Caribbean region.  More importantly this event is a world stage, and has hosted past performances from some of the biggest icons of Caribbean music including: The Mighty Sparrow, the Undisputed Calypso King of The World, Calypso Rose, the Undisputed Calypso Queen of The World, Singing Francine 5X Calypso Monarch of the World, Chalkdust, The Mighty Swallow, Edwin Yearwood, Winston Soso and many more.

 

Not to be outdone, Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015 boasts a sizzling line-up, featuring hit music makers past and present including: Whadablee, former 5X Calypso King of the USVI, Kamoi, former Junior Calypso Monarch of the USVI, the sensational sounds of Island Rooster, The TKO Band representing Antigua, soca legend Designer,  and V.I. headliner and Reggae Star – Pressure Buss Pipe with his smash hits “V.I. Nice” & “Love & Affection.”  The show is hosted by V.I.U. Past President, Kevin Hughes and Caribbean Radio Personality Prince Kalunda. 

 

“Caribbean Cultural Fest. 2015 will infuse a massive dose of V.I. and eastern Caribbean music and culture into New York’s Carnival this coming Labor Day Weekend,” adds Kevin Hughes, Past President and Founder of Virgin Islanders United, Inc.  “Attendees are guaranteed to find good Caribbean music, food, and fun.  We encourage all attendees and everyone to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, after receiving this small taste of paradise at the festival”, Hughes said.

 

Virgin Islanders United, Inc. (VIU) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the culture and heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  V.I.U. is a member of the USVI Department of Tourism’s Ambassador Program, and boasts its own theme song “Virgin Islands In Town For Labor Day,” written and performed by Calypso Rose.  As a civic organization, the mandate of the group remains clear, to represent and promote the rich culture and heritage of the USVI to the world.  As such, the group also continues to honor the many Virgin Islands heroes who have made a significant impact on the Territory and the world.  Virgin Islanders such as the late World Boxing Champion, Emile Griffith, are among those that have received the organization’s ICON Award recognizing the fighter’s positive contributions, and the recognition the Territory received as a result of his fame.

 

Persons interested in participating as a vendor at Caribbean Cultural Fest. 2015, or who would like membership information for Virgin Islanders United Inc., call (212) 713-5787 or visit www.virginislandersunited.org.  For more information regarding the U.S. Virgin Islands visit www.visitusvi.com.

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