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Tobago Fashion Coda - fashion, food and fun

Tobago Fashion Coda - fashion, food and fun

Posted by Shanelle Weir on March 14, 2014

The second edition of Tobago Fashion Coda takes place on Thursday April 24 at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort.

What is a Coda? It is a musical term that signals the passage or movement that brings a piece to its finale or end. It is the collection of words or music that you can’t quite get out of your head. In jazz, it’s called a coda, tag or hook. 

Tobago Fashion Coda is produced by DG Events and happens as a satellite event of the Tobago Jazz Experience. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Don Grant shares, “We’re proud to stage this event for another year as it blends the best of the Tobago with the best of fashion, entertainment and food. It promises to be a night of great beauty and elegance. “ 

Who’s performing this year? TFC is honoured to have the Mighty Sparrow the special guest. The unrivalled Calypso King of the World will end the evening of fashion and elegance with his collection of well-known hits. 

Grant is also hinting at a musical surprise, “It is a pleasure to have him on our cast, particularly during this jazz experience. Who knows? We might get a sampling of Birdie’s versatility on the mic.” If you think he likes calypso alone, among his musical influences are Nat King Cole, Frankie Laine, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstein, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. 

The Tobago House of Assembly has shown tremendous support for Tobago Fashion Coda 2014. Assemblyman Ancil Dennis, Assistant Secretary of Community Development and Culture, speaking at the launch of Tobago Fashion Coda on March 11 at the Magdalena Grand Resort shared: “Fashion is a way of life. It’s an opportunity for us in Tobago to express our unique culture and heritage. Therefore, the Tobago House of Assembly, in the past would have invested significantly in events such as this one in an effort to promote and preserve our unique fashion industry. “We continue to collaborate and partner with people like Don Grant who are desirous of contributing to the development of this island’s fashion industry. 

“I am indeed excited about this year’s event, and we look forward to further collaborations and partnerships and we know beyond the shadow do a doubt, that the future of fashion in Tobago is bright.” 

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Samdai Rampersad, who was also at the launch, praised Grant’s effort in hosting this event, sharing that the Ministry’s fully supports such innovative efforts and will continue to do its part in partnering with the leaders behind such events in forging a Trinidad and Tobago tourism product offering that excels in variety, creativity, quality and value. 

“Fashion Coda comes as an attractive complement to Tobago’s Jazz Festival, and will certainly add to the value of this tourist product,” she said. 

Speaking about her recent visit to the Tourism Trade Show in Germany with the THA as well as Tobago hoteliers and tour operators, Ms Rampersad said new efforts are being made to increase new airlift into Tobago, to increase visitor arrivals into the island, and to increase investment in additional hotel rooms. 

“Germany and the UK remain very important tourism markets to Tobago, and increasingly these visitors are looking for new and exciting experiences of strong local flavour but of international standard. Fashion Coda is one such new experience, which can become a much-anticipated event on the tourism calendar,” she said. 

On the runway, look out for designers Delia Alleyne, Peter Elias, House of Jaipur, Heather Jones, Gregory Mills, Ecliff Elie, Sean Griffith-Perez, Saleem Samuel, and jewelry designer Monica Schinkel. 

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