It is my pleasure to deliver a 2nd festival here in beautiful Fiji and bring to her shores some of the best musicians in the world to perform amazing music under the 'Jazz and Blues' umbrella. We have close to 100 musicians from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Fiji performing here and all of them have been selected because of their musical ability and commitment to give the festival and you their very best performances.
I am particularly proud to have legendary US Jazz singer / performer, and US State Department Jazz Ambassador, Lenora Z Helm perform at this festival with her world class band. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Suva based, US Embassy for their support in helping to bring this wonderful Jazz singer to our festival.
You will see a range of artists who each offer a unique performance and voice to you - from the party tunes of the Mofo Party Blues Band from California, to the incredible guitar skills of Paul Ubana Jones, the vocals of Blues Mama Mahia Blackmore and the modern Jazz of Fiji's Deja Vu - I am proud of our lineup.
Our free program at Port Denarau will feature a schedule that will keep you well entertained and the Port's iconic bars and restaurants such as Lulus and Cardo's will keep you fed and watered. The best coffees of course are at Biloccino coffee house!
Our ticketed events - the Prime Minister's Flood Appeal Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Events Centre will feature Lenora Z Helm, Paul Ubana Jones, Billy TK jnr and Jade Leonard in a very exclusive three course dinner and show - we hope that you will come to this sublime event and support the flood relief cause. The ticketed festival finale event will be held at the beautiful Denarau Golf and Racquet Club Lawn in a relaxed all day program starting at 2pm with crescendo at 10 pm. Wood fired pizzas and great food and beverages will be available all day.
Finally, with sincere thanks to Air Pacific, Tourism Fiji and all of our sponsors, I pray that you will have a safe and wonderful experience at our festival and enjoy the wonderful music and incredible warmth of the Fijian people. As ever, my team and I and Port Denarau's ambassadors are here to help you should you need any assistance or information.