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St. Maarten Monthly 'Arts In The Plaza Festival' Celebrates Local Artists; Free Event Open To The Public

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 18, 2011) - St. Maarten now offers visitors and residents alike an exciting way to experience the talents of local artists with the Arts in the Plaza Festival. This free, monthly event is the first of its kind to combine visual, performing and musical arts from St. Maarten/St Martin's avant-garde arts scene and showcases new performances and exhibits featuring Caribbean, along with Dutch, French and Indian influences.

The festival will have new performances and exhibits each month (7 - 10:30 pm) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2011
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A complete listing of featured artists will be announced prior to each event at For festival updates, visit Facebook at Sponsors of the festival include Orient Express Hotels, La Samanna Resort, Porto Cupecoy and Dom Perignon Champagne.

Additionally, gourmet restaurants in the plaza will be offering specials for festival guests, and the shops will stay open late, offering specials of their own. The marina will be offering complimentary dockage on festival nights for mega-yachts and pleasure-craft visitors from St. Barth's, Anguilla and other marinas.

The inaugural Arts in the Plaza Festival took place on Dec. 22, 2010 as more than 600 locals and visitors to the island gathered at Porto Cupecoy and were greeted by stilt walkers and dazzled by the beautiful and intricate movements of the three-step polka and gumboot dance. Throughout the plaza, musical serenades celebrated the traditions and ethnicity of St. Maarten's thriving arts community, while visual artists displayed paintings, sculptures and other pieces of their collections for public viewing.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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