This Winter Barbados Is Hotter Than Ever!

    The Island Welcomes Home Grammy-Winner, Rihanna, And Rings In The West
    Indies' Premier Social Event Of The Year

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Barbados is sizzling with
excitement, as one of today's hottest pop stars, Barbadian Rihanna, returned
home on Thursday, February 21st for a celebratory bash of her Grammy win.
Simultaneously, this winter, Barbados is host to Holders Season, the island's
"Biggest Social Event of the Year."
    A variety of world-class music and theatrical performances, ranging from
opera to comedy, are lined up in this year's Holders program providing the
ultimate sensory experience. The annual performing arts festival, scheduled to
last until March 15, 2008, is held at the breathtaking Holders House in
Barbados and has previously been graced by legends including: Pavarotti, Sir
Tim Rice and Lesley Garrett.
    Holders Season is hosted by the renowned Wendy Kidd, mother to Jodie and
Gemma Kidd - the UK's current super-model of choice plus ingénue/Countess,
respectively. The festival is held in the extensive grounds of Wendy's
exquisite home, the Holders House, where she regularly entertains British
royalty and hosts countless Polo tournaments.
    The 2008 Holders season brings a wide range of festive sights and sounds,
from the West End and Broadway musical, to the rhythms of the French
Caribbean. Highlights include a Holders Season favorite, Chicago's 2nd City
Touring Company described as "the world's greatest comedy theatre!"
Laugh-out-loud comedy giants include Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.
In a major coup for Holders, the latest crop of comic talents brings their
remarkable brand of improvised humor to the magical garden.

    The current schedule of events is:

    Tuesday, February 26th
    From Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (London) - Much Ado About Nothing

    Thursday, February 28th
    Kit and the Widow

    Friday, February 29th
    From Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (London) - Much Ado About Nothing

    Saturday, March 1st
    The Piano - Keyboard Kings Ben "Boogie Woogie" Waters + The David Rees
    Williams Trio

    Monday, March 3rd
    Barbados Heart and Stroke Foundation

    Tuesday, March 4th
    Classical Double Mill Bravo!

    Thursday, March 6th
    Comedy Night 2nd City Touring Co. Chicago

    Saturday, March 8th (9pm - 10pm)
    6pm - 8pm Calling All Kids
    9pm - 10pm Poetry on the Gallery - Love is all around

    Tuesday, March 11th
    The Piano 2 - Featuring Simon Mulligan

    Thursday, March 13th
    Gospel and Blues Night with The Campbell Brothers

    Saturday, March 15th
    Gala Night - Direct from New Orleans - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    Ticket prices start from $15 per person. For more information on Holders
    Season, visit

    The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience
with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable
landscapes ranging from rolling waves on the Atlantic to those gently lapping
the Caribbean coast. It is the first and only Zagat rated Caribbean island
with numerous internationally-renowned chefs who masterfully put signature
spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for
world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including
the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf
Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque
plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning
five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport
offers non-stop and direct service from Toronto daily and Montreal on
weekends. The island's official website is For more
information, contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.268-9122.

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