BGIS Chief Information Officer, Sharon Lynch; HIV Coordinator at the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), Captain Jacqueline Morris; and Director of the National HIV/AIDS Commission, Jacqui Wiltshire chatting following the launch of Love, Poetry & Song 2017 yesterday. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Barbadians and others will groove to the sounds of top local artistes on Saturday, February 18, at the annual Love Poetry and Song fundraising concert.

The flagship event of the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) will be held on the lawns of the Drill Hall Beach Range, St. Ann’s Fort, Barbados Defence Force, Historic Garrison, St. Michael, from 6:00 p.m.

Speaking on Thursday at the official launch, Chief Information Officer of the BGIS, Sharon Lynch, said the concert, which is in its sixth year, would be held during Love Safely Week – which is the week of Valentine’s Day.

Ms. Lynch explained that the concert was held to raise funds, food and personal care items for the HIV Food Bank. She added that through the entertainment provided at the event, patrons received messages on loving safely as well as ending stigma and discrimination.

“As usual, we have secured some of Barbados’ finest entertainers and we are pleased that along with a few of our regulars, there is a line-up of popular artistes from different genres who will make their first appearance at Love Poetry and Song,” she stated.

This year’s cast includes Mr. Blood, Nikita, Biggie Irie, Joaquin, Ch’an, Allison Norville, Mosaic Steel Orchestra, Gigi Farier, Janine White, JSlo, Andre Hoyte, Torian, Lee Allan, Disa, Ki’ann Browne, Akeem Chandler, Jeesha, and a student from The Alleyne School, Yahandje Daniel.

Tickets for Love Poetry and Song 2017 are $25 for adults; $10 for children ages five to 16; while children four and under are free.

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