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All set for Sandals arts festival finals

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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THE international finals of the Sandals Festival of Arts Talent and Model Competition (formerly ENCORE) kicks off with a grand welcome party dubbed “ s exy Sunday All White Edition” at the highly acclaimed Ochi Beach Club at Sandals Ochi Beaches Resort on Sunday, September 24.

The week-long event will feature precocious Sandals talents from Jamaica, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Turks and Caicos Islands all vying for the top spots in various categories, ranging from Instrumentals, Male and Female Vocalist, Spoken Word, Dance Performance, Male and Female Model. Each island staged individual competition to select their respective swinners.

The competition will begin on Monday, September 25, with the staging of the Instrumental Competition at the resort's Amphitheatre; Tuesday, September 26, Male and Female Vocalist event; September 27 Spoken Word at The Rabbit Hotel Speakeasy; September 28 – Dance Competition at the Rabbit Hole; September 29 will feature the DJ Clash. The activities climax with Male and Female Model Competition and Awards and After-Party on Saturday, September 20 at the Ochi Beach Club.

Events are all expected to be hotly contested as the talents seek to stamp their class on the proceedings with the vocals and dance competition expected to offer the stiffest competition. Dancer Toni-Gay O'Meally; Spoken word contestant Gerine Thompson, and female model Ashley Thomas are early favourites in their respective categories.

According to Sandals Group Manager of Entertainment Joel Ryan: “Our company continues to create a platform for employees to showcase their talent. The feedback we have gotten from the public has grown tremendously and has progressed into an event that is highly anticipated.”

Garret Bailey, Entertainment Division Manager at Sandals Ochi, said the week-long event promises to be an amazing occasion with the level of talent being the best he has seen in many years.

“All systems are go for what promises to be a first-class event. All the participants have been in rehearsals and we are looking forward to an amazing week,“ Bailey enthused.

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