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The re-energised St James Community Improvement Committee will be celebrating the 13th anniversary of WeBeat St James Live from June 7-15, at the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James.
This year’s event was rescued by Minister of Tourism Stephen Cadiz who, after hearing of an announced cancellation, pledged his Ministry’s financial support not only for the continuation of the festival but also towards the upgrading of the facilities.
WeBeat is a festival designed to promote the community of St James. It plays a major role in promoting an opportunity for artistes to showcase their talent, it builds a sustainable tourism product with domestic and international allure, and recognises people from St James who have contributed to the development of St James and by extension, the wider community.
As is customary, the festival starts with a tribute to the honorees. This year, the celebration (invitation only) takes the form of an awards ceremony at the Lion’s Cultural Complex on June 7. Dr Michael Allyene, educator, and Mannie Dookie, sporting icon, (posthumous), are this year’s recipients.
Days two to three are free to the public. These events include WeFilm Night, in collaboration with the T&T Film Festival, from 7 pm, on June 8. June 9 is set aside for the children in the form of WeTreat at 5 pm. The ever-popular Health Day, in conjunction with the Port-of-Spain North Lions Club and NWRHA, takes place on June 10, from 10 am. Later in the evening, the focus will be on WeTalk, a sidewalk historian talk show with the theme Disaster Preparedness for St James. The panel discussion will begin at 7 pm.
Activities for the rest of the week are Caribbean Beat, featuring Pelham Goddard & Roots, on June 12. A new format Pan Explosion is scheduled for June 13 with June 14 designated We Vintage Kaiso night. Admission to these shows is $150 per night. Starting time is 8 pm.
WeBeat 13 culminates on June 15 with the Steelband Parade along the Western Main Road, from 7 pm to 2 am. Many of the popular steelbands have been listed to participate.
In a release, the St James CIC has thanked its sponsors—Carib Brewery, Caribbean Bottlers (Coca Cola), Rent-A-Amp, RBC, Media 21 and the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service Western Division—for their continued support.
The WeBeat Committee is chaired by businessman Earl Crosby, and WeBeat is held on the first Friday in June each year.
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