SOURCE: Orient Express

Orient Express

January 20, 2011 14:46 ET

Arts in the Plaza Festival Returns to St. Maarten for an Encore on January 26, 2011

ST. MAARTEN, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) -  To ring in the New Year, St. Maarten is raising a toast to Caribbean arts lovers and West Indies culture enthusiasts alike with the second Arts in the Plaza at the picturesque Porto Cupecoy, a Mediterranean-inspired waterfront village and marina developed by Orient Express Hotels Ltd. On the heels of a hugely successful launch in December 2010, the festival continues to celebrate great works of visual, musical and performing arts by extraordinary artists from St. Martin/St. Maarten, the Caribbean and the world (http://www.facebook.com/artsintheplaza).

Watch the premiere video: http://bit.ly/ek5wQi

Scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., the colorful line-up includes Caribbean artists and performers such as: Clara Reyes, Roland Richardson, Neville York, Imbali Dance Company, Francis Eck, Jean Vallette, Anastasia Larmonie and Friends, "Versatile," Tumay Yalcin, Antoine Chapon, Ademar Violenus, "La'Rich," Robert Dago, Stephanie Tihanyi, Charisse Piper, Cathy Lu, Lorenzo Gomez, "Sigma," Scrim & Rosie, Carey Rickson, Anthony "Pop-Tart" Donker, Magali and Carole.

The event is free and open to the public. The festival will continue through May 2011 with new performances and exhibits each month. A complete listing of featured artists will be announced prior to each event at www.stmaartenlife.com. For festival updates, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artsintheplaza. Moët & Chandon, Orient-Express Hotels, La Samanna Resort and Porto Cupecoy are sponsoring the festival.

A prestigious curator committee has been assembled to select the various performers for each of the Arts in the Plaza events. The individuals tasked with this are among the most recognized and respected not only in St. Maarten, but also in the Caribbean and worldwide: Clara Reyes, founder of the Imbali Center for Creative Movement; Roland Richardson, the iconic artist often called the "Father of Caribbean Impressionism," along with wife Laura Richardson; Neville York, one of the most recognized steel drum players in the world; and Thierry Gombs, Director of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs - St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Developed by Orient Express Hotels Ltd., Porto Cupecoy is a Mediterranean-inspired waterfront village and marina. The 184-residence luxury seaside village is anchored around a marina, the most exclusive and upscale on the island.

Orient-Express, (www.orient-express.com) the name behind an elite collection of travel experiences, first came into being in 1883 as one of the world's most exciting and indulgent train journeys. Today that evocative name also embraces hotels, cruises and other luxury rail adventures in 24 countries, across five continents. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it first purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly afterwards, recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today, the company owns or part-owns and manages 50 businesses, 41 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson in Cape Town and Rio's Copacabana Palace, to the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico's Riviera Maya. There are six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and '21,' one of New York's most iconic restaurants.

Orient-Express real estate developments draw on over 30 years of experience in the creation of luxury resorts and travel experiences. The company's overriding commitment to providing the highest quality of service, products and amenities in its hotels, trains and cruises is also a standard in its real estate developments. In addition to Porto Cupecoy, Orient-Express is currently offering luxury lifestyle residences at The Villas at La Samanna (St. Martin), Keswick Estate (Charlottesville, Virginia) and Napasai (Koh Samui, Thailand). The company owns developable land in Madeira; Riviera Maya, Mexico; and St. Michaels, Maryland.

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