Tomorrow the Belize International Music and Food Festival will be kicking off on Ambergris Caye. The highly anticipated two-day event is arguably the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) biggest initiative of the year. It is focused on generating exposure for Belizean music and culture through a plethora of local artists and food vendors that are a part of the event. However, many attendees will be making it out to the island for the international headliners, who arrived in the country today. Our newsroom stopped by the PGIA and spoke to representatives of the BTB to hear what is in store for the $750,000 event.
Shanice Middleton, Industry Relations Coordinator, BTB: “If you notice, we have a combination of the top and best artists both local and international. Therefore we want to cater to everybody so you can come out and you can enjoy from your soulful reggae to your extra jumpup to your soca crew and let’s not forget that we’re going to have different food options, local options. So it’s not just the focus on music but we’re giving you a combination of both.”
Phylicia Pelayo, Marketing Communications Associate, BTB: Do not wait to go until 12:00 because you’ll be missing a lot going on. So the way the festival has been structured is that we want to give Belizean artists. They will be taking the stage the same time international artists will be taking the stage. Headliners as early as 7pm tomorrow. We’re not saying who it’s going to be. You have to go out there to see who it’s going to be. Who knows? Maybe it’s Koffee as early as 7. You never know but definitely go out there early because you don’t want to miss any of the performances.”
We also spoke to two of the international artists that are going to be taking center stage tomorrow about what attendees can expect.
Barrington Levy, Jamaican Musical Artist: “It’s a pleasure to be back in Belize one more time. Yes definitely I was looking forward to coming here and now I’m here. Thank God. Everybody up and ready for this? Well I’m ready. So Belizeans walk with your tape, leave your machete. Walk with your queen, leave your machine because everything is going to be crisp and clean. Just come with the good vibes. Yes and that’s what I need because the vibes gonna be right.”
Supa Twitch, Jamaican DJ: We’re looking for a great great festival. Obviously it’s gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be. All the entertainers are here. Super, super, super talented and I’m just happy to be a part of everything. You know? As you can see we have a legend here. Barrington Levy sitting over there. One of Jamaica’s, you know, pioneers of reggae music and I’m just honoured to be here. I mean it’s gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be high energy. Pure vibes. You know what I mean? Yeah.”