Two ‘live’ weddings, musical performances and a new children’s village are the highlights of the Caribbean Fair &
Vacation Mart at South Street Seaport during Caribbean Week 2007.A new Children’s Village showcasing Caribbean music,
arts and crafts, and storytelling along with two live weddings, a concert and many
exciting cultural offerings will underscore the program of the Caribbean Fair &
Vacation Mart on Tuesday, June 12 during the Caribbean Tourism Development Company’s
(CTDC) annual Caribbean Week 2007 in New York City. The event, slated for Piers 16
and 17 at the historic South Street Seaport for the third consecutive year, will
welcome consumers from 11 am - 9 pm.
“The Caribbean Fair & Vacation Mart has emerged as a much-anticipated cultural
centerpiece of Caribbean Week where we showcase the region’s energy, exuberance and
overall cultural appeal during a day-long extravaganza, and we distinguish ourselves
as offering more than the fantastic beaches and picturesque scenery that have made
us one of the world’s leading warm-weather destinations,” said Hugh Riley, one of
the event’s main organizers.
Presenting the New Children’s Village
To keep the Fair fresh and original, the CTDC is adding a new dimension to the
program with the introduction of a Children’s Village. Organized by the Caribbean
Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), the Children’s Village will
include artist workshops on music, arts and crafts, and storytelling that will be
held throughout the day.
Booths & Vacation Packages
This year’s Caribbean Fair & Vacation Mart will feature approximately 70 booths
showcasing promotional materials, indigenous products, arts and crafts, food samples
prepared by Caribbean Celebrity Chefs, and a variety of cultural items and
presentations. To encourage consumers to experience the Caribbean up close and
personal, the Fair’s Vacation Mart will provide individuals with the opportunity to
purchase specially-priced Caribbean vacation packages from travel professionals.
Couples Say ‘I Do’ in Colorful Caribbean Style
Celebrating the Caribbean’s spirit of romance, the Fair will feature two ‘live’
Caribbean Weddings, presented by the Condé Nast Bridal Media, scheduled for 3 pm and
4 pm. The two lucky couples exchanging vows at the Fair will each receive a
romantic Caribbean honeymoon to either the British Virgin Islands or St. Maarten/St.
Official Opening & Proclamations
During a special Presentation of Proclamations, Caribbean tourism ministers and
directors of tourism, along with private sector strategic partners, will be in
attendance as New York City and State officials deliver proclamations officially
declaring June 9-17, 2007 Caribbean Week in New York.
The Fair will conclude with a Caribbean Concert from 6 - 9 pm featuring performances
by popular Caribbean musicians including Ladies Rebelution Dance, Dollarman and
Ladies Rebelution Dance is comprised of five female Sound System DJs who showcase
their talents in reggae, calypso, dancehall and soca. Members of Ladies Rebelution
hail from Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and New York City.
Dollarman is an award-winning reggae artist whose recent successes include “Rock
This Party (Everybody Dance Now)” for which he was awarded a Gold Plaque at the 2006
MTV Europe’s “The Music Factory Awards.”
Hailing from St. Ann’s parish of Jamaica, Ky-Enie is a force in reggae music having
opened for headliners such as Shaggy, Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capleton and
Half Pint. His first single “Wings of an Angel,” a self-produced ballad, receives
consistent radio play on Irie Jam 93.5 FM in New York and WRJR in Jamaica, and
achieved Top Ten status in the U.S. Virgin Islands last summer.