4th Weekend of Power will have awards, tours, Emancipation Day concert

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PHILIPSBURG – GIFTED Foundation is hosting their fourth annual SXM Weekend of POWER June 27-July 2.

The youth empowerment foundation has a series of activities lined up for this event, tying in with the country’s celebration of Emancipation. With Curtis Jordan’s Caribbean Gospel Music Tour – Beyond Borders, 12 artistes from across the Caribbean will visit primary and high schools June 27-29, as students and teachers prepare for summer fun.

On June 30, the University of St. Martin (USM) has partnered with GIFTED to host the GIFTED Royalty Awards Ceremony. On Friday, July 1, there will be a free concert held at the Port de Plaisance tent at 7:00pm, and on Saturday, July 2, a music network and trade show for local and regional talent will be held at USM.

POWER School Tours will kick off on Monday, June 27 at the St. Maarten Academy (Academic Section). On Tuesday, June 28, the artistes will visit Milton Peters College (MPC), MAC Elementary schools and Comprehensive Secondary, St. Maarten Academy PSVE, St. Maarten Vocational Training School, Hillside Christian School – St. Peters, and Ruby Labega Primary. On June 29, the tour continues to Sundial School, Charlotte Brookson Academy, M.G. DeWeever, Prins Willem Alexander, SDA Primary, Dr. M.L. King Primary, Leonard Connor and Asha Stevens Hillside Christian schools.

On visiting the high schools, the spotlight will be on this year’s GIFTED Royalty Award Nominees. These nominees will be honored on June 30, at a formal ceremony on the grounds of USM.

On Emancipation Day, a national holiday, on July 1 there will be a free Worldchangers concert under the tent at Port de Plaisance with the music ministers of the Caribbean Gospel Music Tour: Beyond Borders, Curtis Jordan, Ayanah Gordon-Wallace, Gozzy, Omar Ewen, Nyquan, ONE Music Group, Pasquin, Dominic, Randy Freeman, Shawn J, DRJ, and Nigel Lopez. This promises to be a great night of positive messages in reggae, soca, contemporary, reggaeton, R&B, and traditional gospel. The artistes will also share their knowledge of the music industry on July 2, in a Music Tradeshow at USM.

GIFTED Foundation seeks to impact the youth of St. Maarten and the region through providing positive influential social enhancement through music and other platforms, by networking with local, regional and international partners.

For more information, visit and like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GIFTEDLIGHT.

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