Pure Grenada Music Festival Number 3… It’s Coming!

L-R Kelson Electrify Ogiste, Francine Stewart – GTA, Brenda Hood, Dieter Burkhalter, Kellon Luni Spark Ogiste

Steering Committee promises to continue exceeding expectations 

St. George’s Grenada, October 23, 2017: Following the second successful execution of this now unmissable annual calendar event, the steering committee of the Pure Grenada Music Festival has announced the decision to host the third event, April 13th – 15th, 2018.  The official announcement was made to guests including Government Representatives, Partners, Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers and Media at the Venus Restaurant and Sports Lounge.

Preparations are now firmly underway with the Steering Committee and operational team reviewing and adjusting as part of their continuous improvement efforts in all areas, which affect stakeholder experience and the sustainability of the Pure Grenada Music Festival.

“Our learning curve continues,” says Dieter Burkhalter, Chairman of the Steering Committee.  “The aspirations of this festival have always been high, but we are committed to the delivery of the objectives we set.”

The pillars of the festival remain exposure and opportunity for musicians in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique; adding value for residents and visitors beyond the immediate music industry and consequently having significant economic and social impact.  In the face of obvious climate change repercussions, the committee is especially proud of the Green Initiative, geared at encouraging adoption of best practices with positive effect on our environment.  Tessa Charles, festival volunteer and now founder of Green Habitz shared her experience of the festival impact on lives outside of the music industry.

Burkhalter expressed gratitude was expressed to the Government of Grenada for their continued support and to the Grenada Tourism Authority, sponsors, donors and volunteers. He noted the team as fortunate to be so actively supported by stakeholders who share the vision of Music and Beyond – the non-profit behind the festival and reminded guests “that by assisting in the development of musical talent in Grenada, we all enable artistic expression; encourage originality in art form and performances; and allow every talented Grenadian musician the chance to achieve their fullest potential.”

As such, the selection process for Ready for the Stage has begun with a deadline of November 30th, 2018 for submissions by musicians.  In addition, an international music producer is secured to work with 5 Grenadian singers who will have the opportunity to perform 2 songs each on the festival main stage.  Another investment in local talent will see the provision of two workshops in the areas of sound engineering (theoretical & practical) and vocal training in the lead up to the festival.

A special collaboration has been formed with well known artists and soca monarchs Kellon and Kelson Ogiste (Luni Spark and Electrify) to deliver a musical project, which they promise will be exceptional and as never before seen.

Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Mrs. Brenda Hood, reiterated the Government’s belief in the event and the overarching vision of an international music festival in Grenada.  She urged everyone – sponsors, donors and volunteers – to continue to lend unwavering support to the cause that is Music and Beyond.

The organisers are confident that, the event will only get better in every conceivable way and encourage Grenadians at home and abroad, musicians and music lovers everywhere to join us for another truly phenomenal event.

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