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LIMELITE PARTY PLAN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CARNIVAL The offi cial start of carnival is just after New Year, and from then until the Masquerade there are competitions for the calypso singers, steel bands and the Carnival King and Queen ( the centrepiece mannequins of the bands, which can be 30 or more feet high). Trinidadian bands can be a mile long and as many as 5000 strong, with sections of several hundred all dressed to a theme. Festival season culminates in two days of non- stop parades, dancing and partying. If you weren't planning on being there, think again. And book your fl ights. It's not to be missed. Ywww. gotrinidadandtobago. com 24 lime January - March 2009 happening Our at- a- glance look at events near WHAT'S you this quarter... 25 JANUARY - 03 APRIL LL 30 JANUARY - 3 FEBRUARY LL LL23 - 24 FEBRUARY CARIBBEAN ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL, BEEF ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS More than 15 countries are expected to participate, bringing over 50 of the most skilled artisans in the region. The festival village in Trellis Bay will come alive with a vibrant mix of day and night musical entertainment, and the stage is set to hum with the best regional musicians. Ywww. caribbeanartisan. net 06- 11 MARCH FLOAT YOUR BOAT, GRENADA SAILING FESTIVAL, PORT LOUIS This annual regatta blends ideal sailing grounds, a steady offshore breeze and colourful sails with the relaxed local atmosphere. Organised by the Grenada Yacht Club, it's a key event in the sporting calendar, offering a packed programme of races. Ywww. grenadasailingfestival. com HOWZAT? ENGLAND CRICKET TOUR TO WI England return to the Caribbean following their thrashing at the hands of the Stanford Superstars in the Twenty20 Super Series, held in Antigua back in November. In all, the teams will meet in four tests, fi ve one- dayers and a Twenty20 slog. The fi rst test starts in Jamaica on 4 February. Ywww. windiescricket. com 12 lime January - March 2009 ONNE VAN DER WAL PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

January - March 2009 lime 13 15 - 18 JANUARY LL PLUS… More important dates not to miss! JAN 3 Opening of Curaçao Carnival. Seven weeks of festivities beginning with dancing in Willemstad JAN 4 Barbados Music Awards JAN 21- FEB 4 14th Annual Mustique Blues, Basil's Bar and Restaurant, Mustique JAN 20- 22 15th Annual Casa de Campo Ladies Invitational golf tournament, Dominican Republic JAN 20- 23 Grenada 40th Billfi sh Tournament, Grenada Yacht Club JAN 22- 25 Bequia Music Festival, Frangipani Hotel and De Reef Lower Bay JAN 25 27thAnnual CLICO Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon FEB- MARCH Holders Arts Festival, Holders House, St James, Barbados FEB 10- 14 Tobago Carnival Regatta, Pigeon Point FEB 14- 25 Bonaire Carnival FEB 28- MARCH 1 Caribbean Bridal Marketplace, Puerto Rico Convention Centre, San Juan MARCH 1 Wadadli Day Cultural Extravaganza, Antigua MARCH 5- 8 29th St Maarten Heineken Regatta, St Maarten Yacht Club MARCH 6- 7 10th Annual St Vincent and The Grenadines Blues and Rhythms Festival MARCH 27- 29 36th International Rolex Regatta, St Thomas Yacht Club, US Virgin Islands MARCH 30- APR 5 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival TO MAKE SURE YOU GET TO YOUR CHOSEN EVENT, BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS WITH LIAT EARLY. SUBMIT YOUR CALENDAR EVENTS TO CALENDAR@ LIME- MAGAZINE. COM TASTY AFFAIR THE ANNUAL ST LUCIA FOOD AND RUM FESTIVAL Normally held towards the end of each year, the festival has been rescheduled for January to dovetail with the Caribbean's premier travel trade show, Caribbean Marketplace, which will be held on the island from 18- 20 January. Both events will take place on the Pigeon Island beachfront. Ywww. foodandrumfestival. com BARBADOS JAZZ FESTIVAL The 16th annual Barbados Jazz Festival takes place at various venues, featuring artists such as Harvey Mason, David Burnett, James Blunt ( pictured), Errol Ince, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone and Chrisette Michele. Ywww. barbadosjazzfestival. com 12- 18 JANUARY LL ROGER GIBBS Curaçao carnival