Once again, The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is back. For five days the city of Port of Spain will be transformed into a literary smorgasbord of social, cultural, and historical events which offer unique insights into the creative talent of local, regional and international writers. The National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis) is the main venue of this showcase, a fitting host to an event that is committed to preserving the literary experience of the region. My focus of this article however, is not the local appeal of the Bocas Lit Fest but rather its potential appeal beyond the borders of Trinidad and Tobago.
Touted as “the first major literary festival held in Trinidad and Tobago and the southern Caribbean” the Bocas Lit Fest is something akin to a “cruise ship” experience; it is short and sweet, the activities are countless, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, signature apparel is available (as well as books of course), and you’re guaranteed to see a celebrity. It is not by chance my reference to the Bocas Lit Fest as a cruise ship experience because like our cruise ship industry, the Bocas Lit Fest is a potential product that can be used to promote tourist arrivals to our country.