On the 18th and 19th of August 2007 Aruba experienced the first Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. Cas di Cultura Plaza was the pounding heart of music in the Caribbean during this festival weekend. From the start the Festival was a huge succes for Arubans and visitors alike.
A perfect mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Funk and Blues was presented on three different stages and areas. The festival, a dream of founder Erik Eman, attracted visitors not only from the region but from all over the world. In the week preceding the Festival, numerous venues offer a wide range of free concerts. The concept surrounding the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival is inspired by the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands) and Saint Lucia Jazz. The well known Aruba Jazz & Latin Music festival which took place from 1986 till 2001 could be seen as a predecessor of the new Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival.
Nowadays the CSJF is organized each first weekend in October. With a small budget and a lot of help from local people and enterprises a dream comes true every year. The Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba is not only about music, both visitors and artists agree that the atmosphere of this (mainly) outdoor Festival is vibrating. The superb food stalls and numerous bars are the icing on the cake.
Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival set for October 3 – 4, 2014.
For the saint Lucia Jazz Festival, click here.