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BTA and Government team up for events to showcase home-grown talents

Visitors will be invited to enjoy entertainment at raft-ups (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Performers will showcase their talents in a series of events designed to offer memorable musical experiences to visitors.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Government have teamed up to back the Great Sound Entertainment Series, which was designed to promote "a diverse line-up“ of artists.

A BTA spokeswoman said: “As the pace of tourism’s recovery enjoys an uptick, the island’s growing visitor numbers have created a demand for entertainment and memorable Bermudian experiences.”

She explained that the tourism authority used data from destination analysts that showed what travellers looked for.

The spokeswoman added: “Home-grown entertainment, which was low-key, serendipitous, discoverable and authentically local emerged as factors most likely to enhance their on-island experience.

“From weekly live performances at outdoor locations, or local bars and restaurants, and on-the-water experiences, to the expansion of the City of Hamilton busking programme, the Great Sound Entertainment Series will deliver an array of musical experiences for both visitors and locals.

“Additionally, the series comprises Bermuda Swizzle and seafood festivals, which fuse Bermuda’s food and cocktail culture with live performances.”

Tracy Berkeley, the BTA interim chief executive officer, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to announce the launch of Bermuda’s Great Sound Entertainment Series.

“Not only will it enliven the end-of-summer and early fall calendar for our visitors, but it allows us to celebrate the tremendous talent and energy of our local creators.

“We salute the performers and promoters who continue to share Bermuda’s culture through their artistry at venues around the island.

“We hope that this series injects a shot of excitement and opportunity into the business and entertainment sectors of Bermuda.”

The Great Sound Entertainment Series includes:

Raft-up Sundays

August 21 and 28

Limited visitor tickets: $25

Top local DJs on a floating stage with local charter operators and boat owners invited to create a festive atmosphere on the water. Visitors can reserve a spot through the GotoBermuda website.

Made in Bermuda VIP Series

Barr’s Bay Park – August 20

Fort Hamilton – August 27

Barr’s Bay Park – September 3

8am to midnight

General admission: $75; VIP: $125 (group discounts available). Book at Gpass.com

The Pink Sand Entertainment series will feature different artists and venues each week. A show at Barr’s Bay Park on August 20 will include the 13-piece Wall Street Band as well as performances by the Tino Martinez Trio, Rusty G and the H & H Gombeys.

Saturday Live at Woody’s

Woody’s Bar & Restaurant, Sandys

August 27 to October 1

Free admission

Each Saturday from August to October visitors will join local patrons at Woody’s to catch the scheduled performer.

Busking in the City

City of Hamilton

August and September

Gratuities optional

Buskers will be incentivised with a weekly stipend to provide plein air performances at highly visible locations within the City of Hamilton. This initiative is in partnership with the Corporation of Hamilton. Street performers, musicians and entertainers are invited to apply for the weekly performance slots. E-mail experiences@bermudatourism.com

St George’s Seafood Festival

September 17

Ordnance Island, St George’s

12pm to 7pm

Free admission

Ordnance Island will turn into “a seafood lover’s paradise” for the first St George’s Seafood Festival. Visitors and residents will experience samples of Bermuda’s celebrated cuisine in a curated bar, dining and lounge experience. A Kid Zone will help to entertain and engage the youngest guests, while live entertainment will be on the Ordnance stage.

Swizzle Festival

September 25

Barr’s Bay Park, Pembroke

1pm to 6pm

Free admission

Swizzle makers will gather for a Bermuda Rum Swizzle Festival at Barr’s Bay Park. Guests are invited to taste the various interpretations of the classic Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Local performers will help to create a memorable end-of-summer experience.

* Information provided by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

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Published August 19, 2022 at 7:54 am (Updated August 19, 2022 at 7:54 am)

BTA and Government team up for events to showcase home-grown talents

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