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August 26, 2019

CARIBBEAT: Caribbean Week New York 2018 brings events to public stages in the city

May 27, 2018
Antigua and Barbuda-born Chef Melvin Myers, founder of Success Catering Services, will be among the expert cooks making scrumptious edible creations for the Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction on June 8. (Caribbean Tourism Organization)

Next week’s Caribbean Week New York is stuffed with private, VIP events for government officials and industry professionals, but the annual tourism-focused affair features special, open-to-the-public happenings for folks who love the region and the many people in the New York area who call the place home.

Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, based in Barbados, Caribbean Week New York’s “Consumer Events” start next Sunday with the “Revival for the Caribbean” initiative of speakers and cultural presentations at Meredith Global Corp., 225 Liberty St., in the Financial District — marking the region’s recovery from the 2017 hurricane season.

Expert cooks in the “Celebrity Chef Program” will be arousing taste buds and fueling the culinary imaginations of patrons in demonstrations at Bloomingdale’s on 59th St. from June 4 through 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The chef program moves to Williams Sonoma, Columbus Circle, on June 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Caribbean Diaspora Forum — examining tourism’s place among the region’s people, their heritage and culture — takes place June 4 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Caribbean Marketing Conference, on June 6 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, from 8 a.m. to noon, examines the latest marketing trends to “an audience of public and private sector tourism representatives.” Nadine Stewart-Phillips, secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation for the Tobago House of Assembly, is due to speak.

Nadine Stewart-Phillips, secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation for the Tobago House of Assembly, is due to speak at the Caribbean Marketing Conference on June 6.
Nadine Stewart-Phillips, secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation for the Tobago House of Assembly, is due to speak at the Caribbean Marketing Conference on June 6.

The free Caribbean Students Colloquium, featuring “rising stars in Caribbean tourism,” comes to the Wyndham New Yorker on June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Empire State Building will be lit in purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta on June 6 for Caribbean Week.

The “Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction” on June 8 at the Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan, benefits the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Scholarship Foundation, and wraps up the week’s consumer events. The gala event stars chefs Wenford Patrick Simpson (Jamaica), Christopher Terry (Antigua and Barbuda), Jason Howard (Barbados), Melvin Myers (Antigua and Barbuda), Anthony Smith (Trinidad and Tobago) — and an array of fine rums from throughout the Caribbean.

For a full listing of events, information and registration for consumer events, visit, or call (212) 635-9530.


Last week’s general election in Barbados resulted in the nation’s first female prime minister — Mia Amor Mottley of the Labor Party, according to the Barbados Today and New Americas Now websites.


“Show us what you got,” say organizers of the Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show, who are holding a model call on Saturday in Brooklyn, at Milk River, 960 Atlantic Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For information and requirements, send email to [email protected]

The show will be held on July 8, with a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Health and Educational Relief Organization for Cancer.


Happy birthday to the Anguilla Progressive Association of New York, which will celebrate the 51st anniversary of its founding Saturday at the organization’s annual Dinner Dance Awards Gala, held at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, at 8 p.m.

Honorees include Dr. Victor Gibbs of St. Martin; Rhona Richardson-Roydon; Franklin Woods, and Clinton Benjamin. The Vision Band will perform. To get tickets, call (516) 220-1856 or (72/318) 882-8172.


For the New York-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the June commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month begins with an economic development brunch, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., at 10 a.m.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will host the event, which features guest speakers and Caribbean American honorees, according to Roy Hastick, the Grenada-born founder and president of the 32-year-old chamber.

To get information or RSVP: For the brunch, call (718) 834-4544 or send email to [email protected]. Learn more about the chamber at


The newly formed duo of rock great Sting and reggae star Shaggy is coming to Manhattan on Sept. 26 for a show at The Rooftop at Pier 17, part of their North American Tour.

Named for their new “44/876” album, the joint tour starts in Miami on Sept. 15 and ends in Los Angeles on Oct. 15. Tickets are on sale at and other outlets.

The pair gave TV and live audiences a taste when they performed last Friday in Central Park as part of the Good Morning America’s Summer Concert series.

For tour itinerary, tickets or more information, visit, or


In Barbados, the medical plight of toddlers Kymani Ketter and Nazari Smith is not going unanswered.

Ketter, who was diagnosed with serious progressive condition cerebellar atrophy that’s shrinking part of his brain and Smith, who was born with cerebral palsy and has suffers from severely decreased mobility due to fluid on his brain, are the focus of a June 10 fundraiser set to rouse the country’s residents to donate.

The “Reach Out and Help” event —presented by the DGS Community Outreach and Social Group in association with The Early Morning Wall Crawlers Community Group — will be held June 10 at St. Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Calypsonians Gabby (Barbados Cultural Ambassador Anthony Carter), Poser (Tony Grazette) and Romeo (Charles Smith) are due to joined at the benefit along with Royal Barbados Police Force Band, Richard Carter and the 2018 Teen Talent contestants, the Haynesville Drummers and other entertainment.

Interested persons in Barbados and the diaspora contact organizer Doriel Gill-Skinner at [email protected].


As part of the Brooklyn’s 2018 Selebrasyon! festival of Haitian arts, the Haiti Cultural Exchange’s biennial celebration presents Maksaens Denis’ visual arts installation at FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place and the “Contemporary Photography Exhibition” of Haiti-based artists at the Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden, 2601-2603 Tilden Ave.

Denis’ installation at FiveMyles opens Saturday (May 26) with an “Ann Pale Café Conversation” with Denis from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit can be seen through July 1.

The “Contemporary Photography Exhibition” of Haiti-based artists, opens Thursday (May 31) with an Ann Pale talk with Denis, the Exchange curator, and participating photographer Josué Azor. The show ends on July 1.

Visit for information.

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