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Samui Latin and Jazz Week

Tomorrow  Koh Samui will play host to the Samui Latin and Jazz week that will without a doubt attract local and international tourists alike.

“The Koh Samui Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are collaborating on Samui Latin and Jazz week 2013. The island offers visitors and residents a smooth and smart way of living and we feel that the atmosphere here is better represented by Latin sounds than Jazz” said Naddapen Toommann, adviser to the mayor of Koh Samui and a member of the festival committee. She went on to say that Samui has never really had an events calendar as such so this festival will become part of the TAT’s annual calendar.

The Latin and Jazz week will run from September 29 t October 6 at six different venues around the island and will feature more than 40 international artists. The main stage on October 4th and 5th will be on the beachfront at the Amari Palm Reef.

The festival will start with Deborah Brown and Dina Medina &Cabo Cuba Jazz at the Fair House in Maenam on September 29th. On the 30th Trio Peter Beet and Judith Nijland & the Beets Brothers will be entertaining at Rocky’s. On October 1st Saskia Laroo will perform at The Drink Gallery in Chaweng. On October 2nd Miquel Rodriques featuring Nadia Basurto will be at The Passage. October 3rd is salsa nnight with Nando Vanin at the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Chaweng and all of the artists will meet up on the main stage on the 4th and 5th.

“We want to make Koh Samui find more fame abroad and get the recognition of jazz lovers from all over the world,” says Naddapen.

All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Green Island Foundation to support sustainable community-run projects on the island.

“The environment comes first for us. Although Green Island Foundation has been running for years, only now is it really being successful in raising awareness about the environment. Hotels play an important role by using EM [effective micro-organisms] technology. The EM is emerging as one of the environmental solutions towards reducing water pollutants and thus improving water quality in the river and drains. Others initiatives are getting together to clean the beaches, the seabed and the mangrove forest. Green Island’s latest project involves growing coral and reviving coral,” says Naddapen

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