The Turks and Caicos Second Annual Music & Cultural Festival is scheduled for July 25-August 1, 2005 on the not-ugly isle of Providenciales. Confirmed artists scheduled to perform include reggae dancehall pop star Shaggy, chart-topping R&B vocalist Ashanti, soul singer Jeffrey Osborne, legendary voice of lovers reggae Gregory Isaacs, number one Haitian dance band Tabou Combo, gospel/disco queen Candi Staton, contemporary gospel crooner BeBe Winans, as well as some of the Turks and Caicos’ top local artists.
The main stage concert performances will take place at Turtle Cove Marina, this year’s festival village. The event will showcase the best of what the Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer: local talent, Miss Turks & Caicos beauty pageants, regattas, killer beaches, diving, friendly local types.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are situated 575 miles (or 75 minutes) southeast of Miami. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos Islands has the third largest coral reef system and among the best tropical beaches in the world, making it a premier beach, diving and snorkelling destination – 60% of tourists are repeat visitors.
BET Jazz will air a Turks and Caicos Music & Cultural Festival 2005 Preview Show, which will highlight many of the artists scheduled to perform and activities that festival visitors can expect to enjoy, on the following dates and times (EST): Mondays, May 9 and June 13 at 8am, 4pm, and 10pm; Sundays, May 14, June 18 and July 9 at 12pm, 8pm, and 4am; and Wednesday, July 13 at 12pm, 8pm, and 1am.
Three and four-night vacation packages are available from New York, NY; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Providence, RI and Manchester, NH.
More on the islands and last year’s festival here.