March 12, 2010
Vincy Market Place: More than fashion

THE Cruise Ship Terminal was transformed last Sunday during Vincy Market Place. The event was coordinated by The Tourism Authority, The Port Authority, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Invest SVG with financial assistance from the European Union (EU).{{more}}

Billed as a showcase of Vincentian products, culture, music, fashion, art and craft, the show lived up to expectation. Passengers and crew of the ship Sea Princess were given a wonderful welcome by the National String Band and Avenues Dancers. The little lasses from Avenues, graceful in their every move, had the tourists spellbound. Their performances were well received as the appreciative audience clapped and cheered.

Models from Blue Bucket Entertainment recreated the carnival spirit as they paraded costumes from Carnival 2009. Many of the visitors were quite impressed and joined in the proceedings. Several, wearing headpieces, posed for pictures with the seasoned revelers.

Highlights of the day came in the form of fashion. Kimone Baptiste of Kimmystic.clo and Angenella Young of Le Andre Modeling Agency teamed up to produce a wonderful and successful display of locally designed clothing. Wearing hand-painted pieces from Kimmystic.clo line, the models teased and tantalized the visitors. However, it was the green cold shoulder outfit that brought the house down and had members of the audience showing genuine interest in the production. Baptiste was very satisfied with the response. According to her, “Vincy Market Place is an excellent idea.” Young, too, was pleased with the interaction between the models and the audience.

Given that Vincy Market Place is geared towards the generation of commerce and the promotion of local goods and services with export potential, a number of the businesses actively participated in the event. These exhibitors made the Cruise Ship Terminal Garden come alive in a special way. Tourists who purchased items were given tickets to redeem gifts at the Tourism and Information Bureau. By the time the curtains came down, only a few giveaways remained.

Cultural Officer, Anthony Theobalds, was satisfied with the way things had gone. He stressed that more will be done to enhance Vincy Market Place.