*Photo by Kageaki Smith
Harbour Nights starts on Wednesday with performances by H &
H Gombeys and the Kennel Boys.
From Bermuda's 'biggest block party' to having Blackberry as a
lead sponsor, the Chamber of Commerce plans to wow you with
extravagant Harbour Nights this year.
The event starts this Wednesday and will run for an
unprecedented 20 weeks this year as they celebrate their
This Wednesday, popular MC Nadanja will host and there will be
performances by the H & H Gombeys, steel pan soloist Carl
Rodney and the Kennel Boys.
Cruisers on the Veendam are in for a special welcome too, as the
opening Harbour Night coincides - intentionally - with the ship's
first visit to Bermuda this year. The Chamber says this is
particularly poignant given this is to be the ship's last year in
Chamber President Buddy Rego explained their plans for the
summer: "Harbour Nights is a quintessential part of Bermuda's way
of life and an important part of the summer calendar. This year we
have decided to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary with a full
20-week schedule. It is a very aggressive target and we are still
in the process of raising much needed funds to ensure we can meet
our obligations, but we have made a commitment and we have every
intention of honouring it."
For the first time, Research in Motion - which manufactures the
Blackberry - has stepped in as a lead sponsor. The Department of
Tourism will be the event's title sponsor and other lead sponsors
include the City of Hamilton and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Mr Rego said, "Having this massive international brand
associated with the event is a tremendous coup not only for The
Chamber, but Bermuda as a whole. Our thanks also go out to
Butterfield Bank, BELCO and the members of the Chamber's Restaurant
Division for their support and sponsorship."
More sponsors are expected to be announced as the season
Chamber EVP Joanne MacPhee said, "The Chamber has selected Great
Sound as production partners this year and we are looking forward
with great anticipation to the 'wow factor' they will certainly
bring to the event."
While the weekly street festivals will be exciting, the Chamber
is already gearing up for an amazing event on July 4.
Mrs. MacPhee says, "We hope to turn Front Street into Main
Street USA and throw the biggest block party Bermuda has ever seen.
We are not giving away all our secrets just yet, but watch this
space, because it is going to be something very special!"
Anyone wishing to participate in Harbour Nights as a sponsor,
entertainer or vendor, is encouraged to contact Event Coordinator
Stacey Medeiros-Cooke at The Chamber 295 4201.