Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2022. 10:00 am CST.
Photo Credit: BTB
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize’s top artists like Supa G, Stig da Artist, TR Shine, Ernestine Carballo, Yas Thalia, and Flako Leslie, plus international artists Koffee, Patrice Roberts, Barrington Levy, and Sonora Dinamita will be featured at the 1st Belize International Music & Food Festival launched on Monday by the Belize Tourism Board.
The Festival will be held on July 30-31 at the Saca Chispas Field in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
“The two-day festival will showcase local and international musical artists as well as Belize’s exceptional cuisine,” said BTB as it launched the festival on Monday.
“The Festival will feature different Belizean and International music genres ranging from Reggae, Afro-Beats, Dancehall, Soca, Punta, and Latin beats and will include performances of 10 international artists, 2 international DJs, and a host of local artists and DJs. Among the local artists will be Supa G, Ernestine Carballo, TR Shine, Stig da Artist, Flaco Leslie, Yas Thalia, Denise Castillo, J Cas, Dajah, King Rome, Brithney Starr, Don Doe, Den Z, Papa John, TLC Band, and Centa Stayge Sessions,” said BTB.
International performers will include Koffee, Patrice Roberts, Demarco, Timaya, Barrington Levy, Ricardo Drue, Teddyson John, Farmer Nappy, Lil Natty and Thunda, Sonora Dinamita (a Mexican Cumbia orchestra), DJ International Stephen, and DJ Supa Twitch.
The launch at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City was attended by key players in the music industry, including well-known local artists and DJs.
“It is important for us as a country to support our musicians,” said Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, at the launch.
“This music festival will create a platform whereby we can build exposure for our local artists. We are investing in our culture and creativity because we want to create a continuous platform for our artists to excel. We want our music and our Belize brand to be out there.”
Apart from music, BTB said the Festival will include “a diverse culinary landscape featuring exquisite food and beverage booths from local businesses, providing visitors an opportunity to immerse in Belize’s culture”.
The launch featured pre-recorded video messages by several of the international artists. The Belizean artists in attendance signed their contracts with the BTB, “solidifying their commitment and support for the Belize International Music and Food Festival”.
BTB said it is expected the Belize International Music and Food Festival will “set the stage for innovations beyond sound and taste, in a platform to inspire and market Belize and all of its assets.”
BTB said the Festival’s objectives are:
“To create an immersive tourism experience through music and culture that will strengthen Belize’s image as a premier destination for visitors across the globe;
To use the festival as a platform for Belizean artists to showcase their talent, network with each other, and build relationships for international growth;
To increase domestic, regional, and international tourism traffic during the industry’s historically slow season.
To support the goal of the creation of a state-of-the-art music studio that will serve as a hub for local artists and musicians.”
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