Vendors will set up Emancipation Day booths in Charlestown along Main Street, stretching from Republic Bank to the War Memorial.

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Kittitians are invited to celebrate the Aug. 3 and 4 during activities to celebrate and participate in public Emancipation Holiday events hosted by the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).

Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis

Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis, extended an invitation to Kittitians to travel to Nevis to participate in a mini-Food and Culture Fair along Main Street in Charlestown and other activities meant to fill the void left by the cancellation of Culturama 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Brantley emphasised that there will be no bands and no jamming over the holiday weekend. The event is intended to give locals “somewhere to go and something to do” after the COVID-19 lock-down and curfew, and to provide an economic boost so vendors and other stakeholders can generate some revenue.

“We are inviting our brothers and sisters from St. Kitts to come over to spend the weekend in Nevis. We know they normally come over for the jamming and the J’ouvert and all of that; but, that is not going to happen.

“There’s no jamming or J’ouvert this weekend. That might disappoint many, but that is the reality…” said Premier Brantley. “What we have sought to do is put on some events in Charlestown, a sort of mini-food fair…that persons will be able to go and buy food, fruits, and drinks…and the poets will be performing and a bit of folklore.”

Hon. Brantley made it clear that COVID-19 regulations and safety protocols will be enforced during the events. Booths will be placed 10-feet-apart along Main Street, stretching from Republic Bank to the War Memorial, to ensure adequate social distancing for patrons.

He also stressed face masks must be worn unless eating or drinking.

Premier Brantley, who is also the Minister of Tourism in the NIA, advised that hotels and guesthouses on the island are also offering attractive rates for a weekend get-away or staycation.