Fans Entertained By Antiguan & Barbudan Culture

Entertainment has been one of the highlights of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, with Host countries showcasing the best of their culture and heritage at matches. In Antigua & Barbuda, the Fan Zones have been the focus for Caribbean cultural displays. On match days fans are greeted by traditional dancers, stilt walkers, iron band drummers and steel band performances. “The entertainment has been great every day, especially when the live bands that were playing at the first matches. I have never seen this at a cricket match before. Antigua really put their footprints on the event,” commented Eustace, an Antiguan living in Texas, USA, who has travelled home for the historic hosting of the tournament. He not only praised the entertainment on offer but also the brand new Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, where Super 8 matches are being played. “This showcases local culture to all our visitors and these shows give the new venue a real Caribbean flair.” Having attended matches in Saint Lucia and Jamaica, Eustace is looking forward to going on to Barbados, and would love to see the West Indies make it to the Final. Beach 366, the venue’s Party Stand which is extremely popular with the crowds, has been the backdrop for some of Antigua & Barbuda’s finest soca music exponents, including Claudette ‘CP’ Peters, Tizzy and Blade. “These are some of the local artistes who have performed for Cricket World Cup games, not only in Beach 366 but also in the Fan Zones and at the entrances. The Red Hot Flames have had the Fan Zone rocking during the innings break,” said Lucia Mings, National Hosting Coordinator for the Antigua & Barbuda Local Organising Committee (LOC), praising the energy and performances of one of the country’s hottest bands. “It’s been a non-stop party as we welcome fans with a taste of our culture.”