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Get Ready for the 2014 Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival, June 6 – 14, 2014, New York

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Now in its fifth year, the annual Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival is back as strong as ever to regale attendees with a smorgasbord of Caribbean cultural fair.  The event which runs from June 6-14, has evolved into a regionally sought- after summer staple for the Long Island, metropolitan New York, tri-state area and surrounding communities.   This year the events will include not only local but international Caribbean artists of various disciplines echoing the intoxicating anthems of reggae, soca, calypso, compa, salsa, bachata, garifuna and punta rock.   

The slated events will be featured at a variety of locations throughout Long Island. This 2014 program will also include a Caribbean Business Connection Round Table and the Savor the Caribbean Weekend Restaurant on June 7.  On June 13 there will be the inaugural Caribbean Heritage State Ball to be held at the Carltun, 18-89 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadows located in Eisenhower Park, Hempstead, Long Island. On tap will be a special “New Legend” award to be presented to international reggae star Sanchez. The festival will also feature a tribute to steel-pan performed by the Adlib Steel Orchestra.  There will be the Family Day/Music Fest on June 14 to be presented at the Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Amphitheater, as well as the Caribbean Open Golf Tournament. The LICAHF Adult and Youth Soccer and Net -ball Tournaments will also take place in the park. All are being invited to attend and join in the celebration. The events will showcase some of the most spectacular new and emerging musical talents in the industry.  

Over the last five years, the LICAHF festival initiative has featured more than 200 artists and performers and has had an excess of some 40,000 attendees celebrating cross-cultural heritage and the cultures of the Caribbean.   

LICAHF is an opportunity to profile the legacy as well as the evolution of Caribbean international business and trade throughout the last 50 years and examines the role they play in sustaining the brand globally.  The project will engage business communities in addition to engaging multi-ethnic audiences from the New York City and tri-state area.   

The festival organizers  will produce these events in association with various community 501c3 organizations that are committed to bringing together the many multicultural communities expressly for the inclusion and collaboration of world arts and culture for a common cause for the preservation of ethnic and national heritages. LICAHF has been attempting to create links that will fuse corporations, businesses and organizations and showcase the creative talents of highly accomplished artists.  

Date: “Savor the Islands” Caribbean American Restaurant Weekend June 6, 7 and 8th, various locations: Business Round Table : June 7, 8:30-10:30 am,   
Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival Ball: June 13, 8: 00 pm- 12:00 pm  
Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival all Day Fest: June 14, Golf, Soccer, Netball tournaments (see park info) The LICAHF Heritage State Ball reception 8:00 pm-9:00 pm; cocktail Hour Dinner: Sit down: 9:30 pm-10:30 pm
Bar: Open

Tickets: $200.00

Dress: Black Tie chic Special Guest Ed Mangano:  Special Guest Artist & New Legend Award e Sanchez Hosts: Robert Bailey and Ann-Marie Grant Entertainment: Platinum One Band Artists: Charmaine John And Shane Hoosong Fashion Presentation by Michael Gillings  Honors: Spotlight Sanchez.   

Profiles: Alison Roach, Kingston College, Rhea Smith, Ruth West, Dawn P. Warren, Chris Arceneaux, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Michael Gillings, Designer, Jean Mayers, George Sweeney, Bical Chevrolet, Caribbean Business Connection, Dr. Chuck Madu, and Dr. Owen K. Jones.

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