News Americas Now- Monday, August 3, 2015- Philadelphia, PA – ¬ ALL ABOARD NOW, IT IS FESTIVAL TIME! Philadelphia’s Great Plaza will be transformed into many islands showcasing authentic island sounds of reggae, roots international beat, soca, hip-hop, cool jazz, gospel and creative dances complimented by a market place of Caribbean fashions and exotic cuisine.
Yeah Mon that’s exactly what the 29th Annual Caribbean Festival promises! A culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands that will treat you to wholesome family fun on the Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing, located at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 p.m.
Now in its 29th year, this free festival of Caribbean culture, music, and food is one of the celebrations of the many festivals in the PECO Multicultural Series and part of the 2015 summer season at Penn’s Landing, presented by PECO.
At press time, the festival’s inclusive entertainment line-up will feature Sophia Brown & Band from Boston, Massachusetts, Philly’s own, Jah People, and internationally known Image Band from Washington, D.C. Faith & Favor Gospel Band will certainly uplift you with some soul-searching Gospel; CBC Mime Ministry, a group of young children’s act; and of course this line-up would not be complete with some positive Reggae Vibration by Ras Professor himself.
Performance Poet plus Spoken Word Specialist = Poetica will stir your soul with poetic spoken words from within. Vincie’s own Soca singer, Curtis C from New York; Philly’s own Dance 4Nia Repertory Ensemble. J West Project will present cool Jazz for your listening pleasure. MCs for this special day will be DJ GPK (Bachanal Radio) and DJ Scripture (WKDU 91.7 FM) who opens up with Devotional Remarks and Saxaphonist Kenny Sykes to follow with the National Anthem, with welcoming words by David Watkis.
As always, the event will also feature the ever-popular steel drum band, Philly PanStars, along with a Caribbean Culture booth – Tings Caribbean – where one can feel, touch and sample “Tings” from the islands. A Caribbean Children’s Village – “Pickney Kannah” will feature Sistah Mafalda & the Kuumba Dancers with story-telling, drumming and dance performance.
This Festival, presented by PECO Multicultural Series and the Caribbean Festival & Cultural Committee, works to publicize the importance of the islands and the cultural contributions of the Caribbean Community to the Philadelphia region and beyond. Most importantly, the event raises scholarship funds for college students of Caribbean descent. This year’s Scholarship recipients are: Janae K. Martin, Fabian J. Martin, Breanna Farrell, Erin Farrell, Jordan Chaplin, Kandace Wharton and Kamala K. Brown
For more information on the Caribbean Festival & Cultural Committee, go to website www.phillycaribbeanfestival.com
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