The 2018 Saba Summer Festival themed “Spice Fest 43” officially opened Monday evening with a smashing turnout for the official opening Glow Jump Up from St. John’s to The Bottom. On hand at the entrance of the Carnival Village at Juliana Sports Field was Commissioner of Culture, Rolando Wilson.
In his speech, Commissioner Wilson stated it was an honour for him to officially open Saba Carnival and welcomed everyone including all visitors to the island.
“I am thankful that in spite all that the population has gone through with the passing of two hurricanes, namely Irma and Maria, just a little over 10 months ago. We can celebrate this joyous occasion where we portray our culture and come together and have fun.
“Carnival just doesn’t happen, so it’s because of many who take on the task and responsibility of committing their time in making this week possible. I would like to thank the members of the Saba Festival Foundation for accepting the challenge to serve as the facilitators and organisers of the event,” Wilson said.
A special word of thanks went out to the promoters for investing in Carnival and the troupe leaders and revellers were also mentioned, as well as the sponsors for their contributions.
“A word of thanks also goes out to the Department of Public Works, Sanitation, the Police and all others who have been working round the clock to make sure that everything is in place and functioning,” Commissioner Wilson said. “I call on all persons to participate in Carnival in one way or the other and to take their role and responsibility serious. Let us give everybody the opportunity to enjoy themselves as this is the time of the year that everybody looks forward to,” he said. “I want to wish everybody a safe and sound Carnival and let us show the world that on Saba we can still celebrate in grand style. I hereby declare Carnival 2018 officially open,” Wilson said.
After the official opening music was provided by Riddim Youngsters, Ras Kelly and De Rhythm Band.
Carnival continues today, Thursday, with Sandy Bay Productions presenting “Cap-Side,” featuring Triple Kat International, Riddim Youngsters, DJ Blaze from St. Vincent and DJs Rasphil, Zanderzone and Speed. The show starts at 8:00pm.
Friday it is time for “Spice on Da Rocks” featuring Spectrum Band, lmpak/509 Band, One Blood Band, Ebony Steel Orchestra, DJ Rasphil and DJ Speed.
The Go Down, Go Up, Go Down Jouvert Morning Jump-Up will start from the parking lot of the Tourist Department in Windwardside on Saturday, at 4:00am.
The Grand Saba Summer Festival Parade will start Saturday at 4:00pm.
Summer Festival 2018 will culminate in Sunday’s Second Day Parade and Last Lap Sunday, at 4.00 pm.
The festivities will be officially closed off at midnight with the Burning of King Momo.
The Daily Herald.