Month-long event pays tribute to this Caribbean island’s rich and diverse heritage

Brades, Montserrat – Showcasing Montserrat’s culture, talent and creativity, the annual carnival and winter celebration known as Festival is currently in full-swing on the island. Highlighting the destination’s resilient and exuberant people, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean is alive with music, revelry and a variety of festivities during the month-long event that runs from December 4, 2010 to January 1, 2011.

“Montserrat’s annual carnival celebration, Festival, is the highlight event of the year and a major attraction to travelers looking for a unique cultural experience,” said Ernestine Cassell, director of tourism. “With increased flight options from FlyMontserrat and full ferry service, vacationers will have the opportunity to visit our charming island, get a taste of culture and participate in carnival events.”

This year’s key events include: Punch & Get Out Soca Monarch, a concert featuring the island’s talented soca artists and “Nite of Pan,” where the musical styling of local musicians can be heard on the steel pan, on December 22; Miss Montserrat Festival Pageant on December 26; Street Jam, a lively street celebration filled with music, food and “good island vibes,” on December 28 and calypso finals, a musical showcase highlighting the island’s top entertainers, on December 30. The festival culminates with the New Year’s Day parade of troupes, vibrantly costumed revelers who perform traditional songs and dances.

For more information on Festival’s schedule of events, visit www.montserratfestival.com.

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