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REPORT ON

YOUTH FEST 2018 - “We Matter Too”

A FAMILY EVENT– NOT A CHILDREN PARTY
16 Consecutive Years of Positive Youth Vibes

 

The 2018 Organizing Committee of Youth Fest 2018 is pleased to report on the successful hosting on the 16th Annual Consecutive Youth Fest. The Committee records its thanks to the Sponsors, Contributors, Artistes, Service Providers, and Patrons for their support and assistance in making the event a reality.
 

OBJECTIVES OF YOUTH FEST
 

AN ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT that aims to:
 

Showcase, promote, and develop the musical and related talents of aspiring Caribbean Youth.
 

Utilize their talents and influences to spread positive values and healthy lifestyles.
 

Provide promotional opportunities for organizations and businesses to market their services and products, exhibit their corporate social responsibilities and connect with the Youth and Families, and develop brand loyalty.
 

Provide an opportunity for artistes, community stakeholders, NGOs and the business sector to collaborate with the Youth and develop viable linkages while reaching out to the society with positive messages
 

Provide fundraising opportunities to clubs and community-based organizations such as: Rotary, Rotaract, Lions, Leos to finance their programs geared towards the development of Sports and Culture and Social Outreach
 

Showcase performances in the areas of gospel, dance hall, reggae, kaiso, soca, country, hiphop, r & b, other emerging genres, dancing, comedy & drama.

 

OUR MISSION
 

To provide exposure for the musical and related talents of our Caribbean Youth while spreading positive messages, advocating healthy lifestyles, and generating sustainable resources for the development of sports and culture.
 

 

OUR VISION
 

Reaching out to the Caribbean Youth, positively influencing their values and behavior through the music and lyrics of their peers

Assisting in the development and showcasing of our evolving musical and related talents.

Partnering with Governments, NGO’s, Developmental Agencies, the Business Sector and others in the fight against HIV/AIDS, DRUGS, VIOLENCE, and CRIME

 

 

OUR VALUES

 

Integrity in our actions, relationships, programs and efforts.

Respect for human rights, inclusion, and the cultural and social diversity of our people.

Commitment to contribute our resources and profits to the development of the Caribbean Youth, especially those in challenging environments.

 

 

2018 PROGRAM
 

AUDITIONING FOR THE YOUTH STAR COMPETITION (September to November 23, 2018) Artistes were invited to submit original audition clips of their tracks from which 20 finalists were selected by a panel of judges to compete at the December 16th

 

Youth Star Competition

The finalists competed in two categories; namely ten; Teens (aged 19 and younger) and ten Twenties (aged 20 to 29). Artistes selected a genre of their choice from Gospel, Dancehall, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Emerging Creole and Local. November 23, 2018 was the deadline for receipt of audition tracks.


 

ARTISTES TRAINING

The finalists selected attended a comprehensive training workshop facilitated by Mr. Darwin Guard on December 5th at City Hall, Castries. The training prepared the finalists to perform at world class standard on December 16th .


 

PROMOTIONS

Auditioning

Youth Fest utilized bus stickers, radio, TV, talk show hosts, social media, clubs and strategic partners to create auditioning awareness and encourage artistes, songwriters and promoters to participate in the competition.

 

 

FINALS – SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 TH , 2018
Philip Marcellin Grounds, Vieux Fort, Gate Open 2 PM, Show-time 4:00P.M -10:00P.M

 

Information on the Finals and its sponsors was extensively advertised on bus stickers, flyers, radio, TV, talk show programs, social media, road promotions, and by DJ's and MC's
at clubs and events. The Philip Marcellin Grounds was decorated with paraphernalia and signage of sponsors displaying their names, messages and products.
 

In keeping with our commitment to the development of sports and culture, the Organizing Committee collaborated with the Management to position the staging of the event away from the playing area of the Philip Marcellin Grounds to ensure the integrity
of the surface.


 

CHILDREN’S TREAT - 2 PM TO 6:30 PM
An area of the playing field was sectioned off for children activities under the supervision of the Leo Club of Vieux Fort. The fun included trampolines, bouncing castles and toys.

 

YOUTH STAR COMPETITION
The focus of Youth Fest 2018 was the Youth Star Competition which commenced at 4:25 PM and this segment of the event was televised live by Choice TV.

 

Twenty Young artistes competed in two categories namely; TEENS (aged 19 and under) and TWENTIES (aged 20-29). The contestants include a Dominican and a Vincentian.
 

Most competitors rendered compositions under the emerging “Dennery Segment” genre. The consensus favors a more diverse range of genres and the Artistes have been advised accordingly.
 

In addition to the prize monies, all competing artistes were paid appearance fees; Teens $200, Twenties $300.
 

Youth Fest 2018 finalists are as follows;

In the TEENS CATEGORY were Ezra Theophile,
David Joseph (Ezy&Dj Cheng), Dhirv Jn Baptiste And Delvorn Longville (Dhirv2funny & Bobo), Kristian Lawrence (Sirk), Britney Forsythe (BreBre), Targe Stephen (Lyrical Targe), Sunil Andrew (Ti Camo), Vincent London (Bijoux), Dimitri Leon, Cinque Fevrier,Omar
Esber (Vault9), Nadege Mc Lauren, Sacha Delisha Cadette, Lester Sumayah, Kyle Charlemagne, Neil Ron Cenac (Jim Boy, Dollarkidd,Nrc).

 

In the TWENTIES CATEGORY Calton Donavan (Young C), Drew Thomas, Brendon J Charlery(Umpa), Clent Mitchell(Islands), Jorono Ackie(Fanixx), SidickMcfarlane(Tin Juice D artist), Vince Joseph ;Jamal Joseph(Yung Vic & Multi), Bill Stanislaus (Sikka), Alex Klien(Sawlty), Amil James, Tarick Adonis(Amil&Ta) competed.
 

The winners and prize money payable are as follows:
 

Youth Star 2018 -Overall Winner –Islands - $5,000, Producer $750
 

Twenties 1st Place -Islands -$1,500, Producer $750
2nd Place - Umpa - $1,000, Producer $500

 

Teens 1st Place -Ti Camo $1,500, Producer $750
2nd Place -Jimboy, NRC, Dollarkid $1,000, Producer $500

 

 

DANCE EXPOSE & MODELING
 

The Southpack Dance group mesmerized the patrons with their intricate moves and the N’Vogue models once again entertained patrons with their creativity and beauty.

 

FEATURED ARTISTES
 

Local Artistes
Youth Fest 2018 featured some of St. Lucia’s renowned local artistes who are making an impression on the international stage. These included Johnelle,Crown, Shemmy J, Keisha, Cooyah, VyeTwizeen, Nassis, Krome& Bobo and the Extreme Band.

 

International Artiste
The young and talented Trinidadian Nailah Blackman was the international headliners and delivered a pulsating performance that was well received by the diverse patrons, young and old.

 

MC’s Scady and Donerville in their usual hilarious styles kept patrons laughing and ensured that the show ended on schedule. DJ Mickey and Sound Engineer Angus produced top quality music for the artistes.

 

SPONSORSHIP

The success of Youth Fest 2018 under theme “We Matter Too” was to a large extent as a result of the generous contribution from corporate supporters and sponsors.
 

The endorsement received from the Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. was critical.

 

Main Sponsors
The St. Lucia National Lotteries Authority for the second consecutive year gracefully accepted the role of main sponsor. The Windward Islands (Winera) Packaging Company once again contributed as a major sponsor. Digicel came on board for the first time.

 

Platinum Sponsors included the M & C Group of Companies, Village Ram/Carib Pearl Rice, MBC TV/Real Fm, Choice TV, Coco Palm, 1 St National Bank.
 

Gold Sponsors – Caribbean Bike Life, ODEL Inc, Hot FM, Vybe Radio, Blazing FM, The Wave, St. Lucia Distillers, Chemico, ECCO, Icon Security Services, Super Malt, Crystal Clear Water.
 

The Vieux Fort Police Station volunteered to sponsor the cost of security for Youth Fest 2018.

 

ATTENDANCE
Children under the age of 12 estimated at over 400, gained free access to the show. 1,300 tickets were collected from paying adults and an additional 200 entered with free passes. Attendance at the 2018 Youth Fest was lower than expected. Uncertainty, insecurity and economic challenges were cited as excuses by some regular patrons for non-attendance in 2018.
The cost of entry was: General Admission -$30.00, Early Bird Special -$25.00.

 

FINANCES
Youth Fest 2018 generated a small surplus. The Bars were awarded to the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in the south as funding raising opportunities to finance their community outreach programs.

 

PRIZE GIVING/BUSINESS MIX COCKTAIL
The prize giving/business mix cocktail is scheduled for Saturday January 19th at OMS Compound, Beanefield, Vieux Fort at which the winners and sponsors will be recognized.

 

2018 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The members of the 2018 Organizing Committee comprised of - Stephen “Esteban” Edmund –Chairman, Sharma Chitolie – Co-ordinator, Zefanie Boyd – Secretary, NyeeneSaltibus – Artistes Co-ordinator, Jeff Jeffrey, Tarryn Neptune, Hillary Saltibus, Nancy Charles, Kimberly Findley, Sherline Gittens, Darren Walker, Esnard Flavius, Kevin 
Jn Baptiste, Iyanka James, Silvinia James, Committee Members, and Nyus Alfred representing the National Youth Council. Omar Davis – Director.

 

THE WAY FORWARD
Youth Fest 2018 was rewarding experience for many, especially for young St. Lucian Artistes and the people of the South.
The Annual Youth Fest is one of few Mass Crowd Events that focuses on promoting FAMILY VALUES and collaborating with the YOUTH in spreading positive messages.The notion that YOUTH equates to CHILDREN is a fallacy, contributing to misguided focus.
YOUTH refers to persons aged 15 to 35, the most influential age group. It was resolved that going forward YOUTH FEST should increase its PR in publicizing the event as FAMILY based and a great opportunity to mitigate against the increasing negative
influences destroying our society.

 

The support of the financial and other key sectors and international agencies would be aggressively pursued in inculcating family values and providing positive guidance to the Youth.
 

The YOUTH FEST 2019 Organizing Committee will be appointed in early 2019 with responsibilities for developing a Three-Year Strategic Plan.

ENDS

 

 

INFO

Office-454 3486: Esteban-584 0150: Youthfest-714-7005: Nyeene -723 9015

E-mail: caribbeanyouthfest@gmail.com
Website: www.caribyouthfest.com
Facebook Page: Youth Fest or YouthFest Caribbean

Youth enjoying the Family Fete
Youth Fest Chairman with Guest Artiste before they hit the stage
Prime Minister alongside CEO & Founder of
Never Give Up Clothing Line
 
CARIBBEAN YOUTH FEST, POSITIVE VIBES PROFILE

 

THE ANNUAL CARIBBEAN YOUTH FEST PROVIDES A FORUM TO SHOWCASE, PROMOTE, AND DEVELOP THE MUSICAL AND RELATED TALENTS OF ASPIRING CARIBBEAN YOUTH WHILE UTILIZING THEIR TALENTS AND INFLUENCES TO SPREAD POSITIVE VALUES AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. THE YOUTH FEST FEATURES PERFORMANCES IN THE AREAS OF GOSPEL, DANCE HALL, REGGAE, KAISO, SOCA, COUNTRY, HIP HOP, R & B, AND DANCING

 

OUR MISSION

To provide exposure for the musical and related talents of our Caribbean Youth while spreading positive messages, advocating healthy lifestyles, and generating sustainable resources for the development of sports and culture.

 

OUR VALUES

Integrity in our actions, relationships, programs and efforts..Respect for human rights, inclusion, and the cultural and social diversity of our people.

OUR VISION

Reaching out to the Caribbean Youth, positively influencing their values and behavior through the music and lyrics of their peers.

Assisting in the development and showcasing of our evolving musical and related talents.

Partnering with Governments, NGO’s, Developmental Agencies, the Business Sector and others in the fight against DRUGS, VIOLENCE, and CRIME.

DONATIONS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

 

Commitment to contribute our resources and profits to the development of the Caribbean Youth, especially those in challenging environments.

 

YOUTH FEST 2016 - Contribution to Producer- Francis De Lima (Leeboration) Fund

YOUTH FEST 2014 - On February 22nd 2015 an Independence Day lunch was held for the senior citizens of Comfort Bay, Vieux Fort

YOUTH FEST 2013 – On December 15th, 2013 Youth Fest and the Rotary Club of St. Lucia South sponsored a luncheon for some 56 Senior Citizens at the Comfort Bay Home in Vieux-Fort.

YOUTH FEST 2012 - $10,000 to the ST. LUCIA CANCER SOCIETY for cancer awareness.

 

YOUTH FEST 2010 - $20,000 to the NATIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (NCF) to assist Youth affected by hurricane Tomas.

$1,000 to the ROTARY CLUB OF ST. LUCIA SOUTH to install community water tanks received from the Rotary Club of Arima, Trinidad.

 

YOUTH FEST 2009 - $10,000 to C A R E (The Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education) for continued education and development of disadvantaged youth.

 

$5,000 to TONI’S TENNIS COACHING PROGRAMS

YOUTH FEST 2008 - $10,000 to C A R E (The Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education)   

 

$5,000 TO PRIMARY TENNIS PROGRAMS

 

$2,500 TO THE 2009 CHOISEUL QUEEN SHOW

 

YOUTH FEST 2004 - $6,000.00 to the NEW ST. JUDES HOSPITAL Maternity Wing and The Centenary Project of the Rotary Clubs of St Lucia