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International Stars Shaggy and Sting Set to Headline St Lucia Jazz Festival 2023

by Karen Rollins Jan 30, 2023

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St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2023

Grammy-winning musicians Shaggy and Sting are set to put on a show to remember at this year’s St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

The star-studded event, which has not been held for three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to take place from 5-14 May at Pigeon Island National Park. Tickets will be on sale from 15 February.

At a recent media conference to officially launch the nine-day festival, the St Lucia Tourism Authority announced an exciting line-up of performers. 

Some of the other international and regional acts taking part include Buju Banton, Kirk Franklin, Barrington Levy, Shenseea, Ayra Starr, Kes the Band, CKay & Kizz Daniel, and Fay-Ann Lyons.

St Lucian artistes including Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Luther Francois, Barbara Cadet, Teddyson John, Kayo and Friends, and Michael Robinson will also entertain locals and visitors.

St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2023

Community based activities, such as visual and literary art performances, will also punctuate the festival under the general theme ‘Art and the City.’

St Lucia’s minister for tourism, culture and creative industries, Dr Ernest Hilaire, explained why the festival “is more than just music”. He stated: “It’s a lime; it’s a definition of who we are as Saint Lucians, bringing the best out of us through the Jazz and Arts Festival.

“So many visitors, so many people we’ve met when we travel, would tell us they’ve been to the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. This festival has helped shaped Saint Lucia’s image internationally…bringing it back is about restoring to Saint Lucians what they see as a prized treasure.”


St Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival has established a reputation for putting on an impressive show ever since it was first held in 1992. The festival was created by the tourist board to fill the downtime between the peak season from December to April, and hurricane season from June to November. 

For more information, visit the official St Lucia tourism website –https://www.stlucia.org/en/experiences/festivals-events/

Sources: Travel Pulse and Loop News St Lucia.